Week 1 Of Football: Panthers Mic Malfunction, Cam’s Chain Reaction & More

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If you were wondering why the Panthers’ defense looked lost while facing off against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, it’s thanks in part to technology. Panthers head coach Matt Rhule says the headsets used to communicate the play calls to the players were not working properly.

Rhule says coaches also had an issue getting the right defensive calls to the players on the field. The Panthers’ defense gave up four touchdowns to the Raiders in a 34 to 30 loss in the season-opener.

And he may be out of Charlotte but he’s hardly out of the spotlight. Cam Newton, the topic of discussion after he led the New England Patriots to a 21 to 11 victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday. Shortly after the game, Newton and his teammates were seen getting into a scuffle with Dolphins players. Cam accused players of trying to snatch his chain off from around his neck. He says, “They was disrespectful. They was reaching for my chain though. They was reaching for my chain. I think that kind of got up under my skin but through it all man listen, I do not want nothing to be taken away from a great team game that we did have. But yeah at the end of the day, it’s football and for me no matter who it is, I play with a competitive edge and I expect the other team to have a competitive edge as well and at the end of the day anything outside of that is just about respect.”

Cam also took to Instagram to voice his feelings and poke a little fun, with the caption, “Forever! Tried to snatch my chain and the game, too bad I got both!”

And one last football tidbit for you: the York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson has decided now is the time to take a stance on professional NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The sheriff posted on the York County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page saying, in part, “I will bow or kneel for one entity only — my God. For those of you who want to kneel or bow to the flag during the national anthem, just know that you are kneeling or bowing for our god who stands for peace.”

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News Edge contributor Ashley Anderson
WCCB Sports anchor Kelli Bartik