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Deep Posts: Cam Newton’s attitude adjustment

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-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is rolling like few rookie quarterbacks we've ever seen, but at least two of his teammates would like it if Newton made a slight attitude adjustment. Offensive linemen Ryan Kalil and Jordan Gross recently told Newton that his habit of putting a towel over his head after a bad series could be interpreted the wrong way.

"They always get on me — I have a bad tendency of showing my emotions on my face. I have to change it, and I'm trying to change it. But those guys constantly stay in my ear, saying, 'You've got to be that same leader from the first quarter to the last quarter.'" Newton told Joseph Person of the Chicago Observer. "It made me mindful it can be somewhat of a detrimental conduct to the team. If you're mad. If you're ticked off. Not saying that everybody else is not feeling the same way you (are). But at the quarterback position, you have to stay even-keeled." Just part of the growth process for a guy who looks more and more like a future superstar. [Charlotte Observer]

-- When he takes the field at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium today, Tim Tebow will be playing football in the coldest environment he's ever seen while doing so. Anticipated temperatures will be in the high 30s, but don't be surprised if something … uhhhh … "miraculous" happens, weather-wise. More disturbing in the linked article is the wardrobe chosen by several Broncos players on the plane to Buffalo. Cue Jack Black in "High Fidelity": "It's a Cosby sweater … A COSBY SWEATER!!!" [Denver Post]

-- Several Chicago Bears players, led by defensive lineman Israel Idonije and receiver Johnny Knox, spent some quality time with underprivileged families in the Chicago area this week. They may be dealing with a losing streak, but random acts of kindness by these Bears players make them winners in the community. [Chicago Sun-Times]

-- The Cleveland Browns have a long way to go before they're ready to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North, but their 2011 draft class has provided some great building blocks. [Pro Football Weekly]

-- And speaking of the Bengals, longtime primary owner Mike Brown has increased his ownership share in the team. Word is, Brown is celebrating this move by expanding the Bengals' scouting department … from one scout to two! (We're kidding about that last part. We think. The Bengals may already have as many as two scouts.) [Pro Football Talk]

-- Danny Kelly of Field Gulls does a great job of breaking down how the Seattle Seahawks could upset the San Francisco 49ers with explosive plays in the passing game. Better watch out for those picks, though -- the 49ers' secondary seems to be bolder and more opportunistic by the week. [SB Nation]

-- It's possible that the Green Bay Packers will play their starters through the season even if the San Francisco 49ers were to lose today, which would guarantee the Pack the one-seed in the NFC. Makes sense — Aaron Rodgers clearly struggled to find his primary reads with receiver Greg Jennings out of the picture, and a little continuity would help. Green Bay's patchwork offensive line could use the work together, too. [National Football Post]

-- More and more people believe that Kansas City Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel should get a full-time shot at the job. [New York Times]

-- And here, for your listening pleasure, are several members of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense singing "Winter Wonderland." As the legendary Myron Cope would say, "Double Yoi!!!" [SweaterPunch.com]

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