NFL admits missed call on late hit on Newton


Panthers coach Ron Rivera reportedly talked to the commissioner and at least two other National Football League executives Monday, when Goodell told Rivera he'd chat with Newton.

Norman drew five penalty flags, including four for for illegal hands to the face, during the game.

Rivera said Newton gets treated like former National Basketball Association center Shaquille O'Neal because of his unusually large size for his position. Sorry.' That's bull crap.

Cam Newton has had it with officials.

"I have been in this league 30 years, and I know how hard it is, " Rivera said.

After the Panthers game, Newton said enough is enough. And I don't know what I have to do.

Gilbert and Newton were briefly teammates at Florida, and he praised Cam as a "great player" but also said he didn't think opponents were intentionally trying to hurt him. The the story of my life is, 'Oh, we missed that one.' That's bullcrap.

A "league source" reportedly told ProFootballTalk.com that the NFL has counted only three instances of missed roughing the passer calls against Newton since 2013, and that 11 quarterbacks have been the victim of more missed calls. Newton said other quarterbacks in the league get those calls more often. If we do something derogatory to somebody else, we get fined. Some players seemed a little indignant that anyone would ever criticize their 1-5 start, but others admitted they were getting desperate for a victory.

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Newton was not the only person complaining about a lack of protection on Sunday.

Some accused Newton of whining (including former NFL Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira) pointing to the fact Newton has been the beneficiary of the most roughing the passer calls since he entered the league in 2011. I look at how they get hit and for every hit that they get called, I can match a hit in my career that I didn't get called and that's all it's about.

But Newton was unhappy in general after taking several hits on which there were no flags. He added that one particular hit against the Cardinals could have torn his ACL.

Rivera said he too was upset about the latest oversight, but in his position, he believes rational discussions with the powers that be will be more effective than emotional outbursts. And according to ESPN's Ed Werder, the league did find that one of the hits against Newton from Sunday's game should have been flagged.

The breaking point for Newton came in the second half against Arizona.

Newton said Sunday that officials aren't doing enough to protect him and he "doesn't feel safe" on the field.

Partly because of his style of play, he has taken a ton of hits from defensive players - starting with the season-opener against the Denver Broncos - and he missed the October 10 game after suffering a concussion October 2.

"I think sometimes that might be part of the reason that he doesn't get the calls that he deserves or he should get".