From the moment ?Cam Newton? walked back in the door for his second stint with the Panthers, things were different.

The coach was different. The general manager was different. The locker room was different.

And if Monday was the last time we see him in Charlotte — and it's possible that it was — the biggest difference might have been in Newton himself.

In a press conference at the end of a disappointing 5-12 campaign, which saw him reduced to a bit player (he had one snap in each of the final two games), the former league MVP offered perspective on his own situation, and what's happening here.

As Newton has since he returned in November, he put the emphasis on winning, and wasn't going to get bogged down in minutiae like whether he should have been on the field for a fourth-and-inches sneak in Sunday's season-finale against the Buccaneers.