Broncos Call Cam Newton Selfish: ‘He Didn’t Want It’ and Was ‘Playing for Himself’

Bryan Brandom
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Predictably, the Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos had a lot more to say about Sunday's big game than the Carolina Panthers did.

In particular, the Broncos defense had a lot to say about quarterback Cam Newton.

"That's the way he is," linebacker Danny Trevathan said about Newton. "Playing for himself."

Not one for silence after victories, cornerback Aqib Talib had similar thoughts: "He tapped out. He didn't want it."

In the hours after Super Bowl 50, Newton has been widely criticized for not diving for his own fumble with the game's outcome in the balance.

Despite getting worn out by Denver's defense all night, the Panthers were alive with 4:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, trailing by just six with the ball on their own 24-yard line.

Von Miller forced Newton to fumble, and instead of diving for it as DeMarcus Ware did the same, the quarterback appeared to pull back and watch.

"There ain't no Easter Bunny, there ain't no Santa Claus, there ain't no Superman," said Talib, referring to Newton's nickname.

"Cam's probably crying right now," the cornerback said in a separate interview.

Trevathan offered some more football-related insights as to how the Broncos pass rush affected the game's outcome.

"Our defense came out there and got after him," he said. "We never let him get comfortable back there. He made some passes, but he was never comfortable."

The most charitable response from a Broncos player to Cam's hesitation to dive on the football came from Ware himself.

“I tried to dive on it, I seen his feet in front of me but I don’t know why he didn’t dive on it," he said. "Maybe he didn’t see it.”

Newton gave an understandably prickly press conference after the game.

When asked to comment on the big play in question, he gave another short answer: "I don't know."