Jim Fassel says he knew Panthers would lose when he saw Cam Newton’s warmup cleats
Jim Fassel has a rather weird explanation as to why Carolina lost the Super Bowl, and it has to do with the cleats Cam Newton wore warming up.
Newton wore gold shoes with “MVP” on them as he was warming up for the game, which you can see here:
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Fassel, the one time head coach of the Giants, had believed the Panthers were going to win the game up until he saw those cleats.
“All of the numbers pointed to Carolina. And when I saw Cam Newton walk out in gold shoes — ‘MVP’ — I switched my mind, essentially, right then,” Fassel told Mile High Sports 1340, via ProFootballTalk. “I said, ‘That’s not what a starting quarterback, MVP, leading his team — and I had a lot of respect for him during the season — that’s not what happens.’ You don’t do that. And I said, ‘This guy’s already become soft,’ and that’s what he was.”
There you have it! It’s just that simple.
Not really, of course. It’s stupid. Newton and the Panthers lost because they didn’t play well, turned the ball over, and couldn’t cope with Denver’s defense. That said, Fassel is far from along in thinking Newton was soft in the game, with a fellow quarterback and a defensive end calling him out.