Cris Carter on Cam Newton: ‘He needs to win the Super Bowl against Tom Brady, that’ll change our perception’

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Cris Carter reveals to Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe what it will take to change our perception of Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton as a viable quarterback and leader in the NFL.

- Let's talk about Cam Newton's reputation, if you will, and whether or not a great game could change everyone's perception of him. Is that-- is that at all possible? How much would just the Panthers winning change it, let's put it that way.

- No. One game, zero chance of changing the perception.

- What you think about him now is the way you'll think about him, whether they win or lose?

- Zero chance.

- OK.

- In the wildcard round?

- Yeah.

- I mean, Cam Newton is a superstar in this league. Like, we expect him to play well. So if he plays well, we're not going to be like, wow, this is something new.

Cam has been in six playoff games. He's got three wins. He's on a good football team. And if Cam doesn't play well, it's not going to change his perspective-- your perception of who he is as a quarterback. You know with Cam Newton on your team in Carolina, as long as care-- as Cam's in Carolina, they will have a chance to win a Super Bowl.

And you cannot change perception. Maybe Nick Foles can, but he's not playing in the wildcard game. Maybe Case Keenum could, because they don't have a resume in the playoffs.

- Right.

- But when you have been the MVP of the league, when you have led your team to the Super Bowl, there are not questions about Cam Newton. Wow, can he win a playoff game? No, he's already answered those questions. Wow, can he lead his team to the Super Bowl? Yes, Cam can do that.

Well, what if he doesn't play well? Can he still get his team on the winning bus or winning plane? Yes, Cam can do that. So no, not in the wildcard round. I don't care if he throws the ball 80%, like no turnovers. It's not going to matter. You have to keep advancing.

Cam is bigger than just the wildcard round. And his career is bigger than just a win in the wildcard round. He needs to be able to get his team to the Super Bowl, and win the Super Bowl. Win the Super Bowl against Tom Brady, that would change the perception.

- That's a hell of a standard. It's a hell of a standard that--

- You asked me to question, didn't you?

- And I'm responding to it, CC. It's--

- It's not a standard that he's not going to change perception in a wildcard game when the guy's played in six playoff games. He was the first pick in the draft. What kind of standard should we have?