RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has a plan to become a better leader: He intends to keep his frustrations in check because in the past they've been a distraction to his teammates.
Newton took mistakes hard, his competitive drive leading to him getting down on himself - during and after games.
He told The Associated Press, "Oh man, I had it bad. I still do have it to some degree."
But Newton is changing his approach, and his new motto is: "Next play."
The third-year pro has put up record-setting numbers, but says he has learned that his public sulking "can be a turnoff" and isn't helping the team.
Newton's teammates believe he improved dramatically last season when the Panthers won five or their last six games.
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