"Cam's not the quitting type. So this idea or this notion that he quit on us is garbage. I think it's absolute garbage. That's not who he is," Kalil told the Charlotte Observer on Monday.
"We just didn't play good enough. And as an offensive line group, didn't give him enough confidence to do what he does best," Kalil added. "And really we just didn't get in a rhythm. That's what killed us. Any time we had any kind of momentum, we killed ourselves in penalties and not taking care of the football."
The Panthers played well enough defensively to win the game. Carolina's shortcomings on offense and special teams on Sunday, though, lost them the Super Bowl. Newton is the head of the snake, so the attention will go to him first. However, excluding the defense, the Panthers as a whole played subpar football.