Cam Newton: I just haven’t been good

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Patriots quarterback Cam Newton didn’t go easy on himself during Thursday’s press conference.

Newton was 17-of-25 for 157 yards and two interceptions in last Sunday’s 18-12 loss to the Broncos in his return to the lineup after testing positive for COVID-19 and he wasn’t much better in a winning effort against the Raiders in Week Three. That led to Newton giving a negative review of how things have gone early in his first year with New England.

“I just haven’t been good,” Newton said, via WEEI.com. “I haven’t matched enough good plays together for my liking and that is what it comes down to. When I mean good plays, I mean right reads, I mean ball positioning, I mean making guys miss, just the whole gamut of how I play. I know what I am capable of and my standard is extremely high and I haven’t been meeting it — my personal standard. That’s how I feel.”

Newton ran for 76 yards and a touchdown last weekend, so some parts of his game have clicked better than others. There’s little doubt that the Patriots are going to need more from their quarterback in order to avoid a third loss in a row when hey take on the 49ers this Sunday.

28 responses to “Cam Newton: I just haven’t been good

  1. He is who we thought he was. A running QB with questionable passing instincts.

    I knew it, you knew it, but the media really seemed to buy the patriots press releases.

  2. YEAH PATS FAN HERE, NOT SURE WHAT THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE GONNA CHANGE ABOUT YOUR GAME, YOU WERE DONE ONCE
    THE INJURIES PILED ON.
    YOU WILL NEVER BE A ACCURATE THROWER OR MAKE PLAYS CONSISTENTLY FROM THE POCKET.
    THE COLLEGE CRAP WORKED FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS BUT COORDINATORS ARE SHUTTING THE RUN GAME DOWN AND THE COLLEGE OPTION CRAP,NOW FORCE TO THROW CONSISTENTLY YOU ARE SUCKING CUS YOU CAN’T.
    WON’T BE SHOCKED IF HE’S BENCHED THIS WEEK IF HE CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE.
    NINERS GOT THE #1 RUN D SO GOOD LUCK.

  3. Win just enough games to where you miss the playoffs, but not bad enough to score a draft pick early enough to get a hotshot QB like Lawrence or Fields.

  4. This is just what everyone predicted when they signed him. Of course all the Kool-Aid drinkers said it was yet another brilliant move by BB and they were guaranteed a Super Bowl–just like they say after EVERY single thing BB does. Now the real Cam is showing up. Not such a brilliant move after all huh? I guess it’s time to go back to your other Super Bowl QB–Stidham. The delusion is strong in the northeast.

  5. YOU WILL NEVER BE A ACCURATE THROWER

    He’s completed 68 % of his passes that puts him 10 in the league
    His last season 2018 he completed 69% of his passes
    So to say he “will never be accurate is obviously wrong.

  6. Wish they would have kept Brady and let him retire a Patriot. He might not be as good as he was but he’s still better than most qbs. There were many years he was surrounded by crap talent and the past couple were no exception. I hate fans who rag on him. He gave us 20 years that no other team had. Yes, Belichick is a great coach but he’s a jerk. Let’s see what he does without a qb.

  7. Cam is currently the starter…. he’s been very inconsistent but so has the season itself…..he seems healthy & was playing pretty well before the Covid outbreak & the lack of playing/practicing time due to that continued Corona virus flare up….the most troubling thing I’ve seen in his play is lack of decision making when standing in the pocket & anticipating his proper outlet player & holding the ball WAY TOO LONG….THAT aspect needs to improve immediately….
    Besides that, I’m willing to cut him & the team a little more slack under those circumstances stated above….HOWEVER, if they can’t figure out a way to get the passing game to be more involved in the offense I believe it will be a long season for us Patriot fans….

  8. I’m not a hot takes person, so I’m just going to keep an open mind and see what things look like this weekend, after the Patriots have had a full week of practice. I’ve been impressed by Cam’s work ethic. We’ll see if he can transform the hard work into performance. It’ll be a big challenge against the 49ers. It’ll be a big challenge all season, actually, when you look at the team’s tough schedule.

  9. He sucked last game but overall is doing fine. Team is paying him peanuts anyway.

    They need some help from somewhere for receivers. Internal, trade, doesn’t matter.

    Some wish Tampa Bay Tommy was back here but I can’t see how he would be doing any better in this offense.

  10. Everyone apart from Pats fans know a leopard doesn’t change its spots. Never been a passing QB, never will be.

  11. NINERS GOT THE #1 RUN D SO GOOD LUCK.

    SF is currently ranked 10th in rushing yards allowed per game NOT # 1

    So you were wrong about that too.

  12. Stidham is FAR from garbage…. won’t disagree on Hoyer though…. he’s a necessity in a Coronavirus period of time, be it not a good one…. Stidham will be the #2 for the remainder of the year & possibly get elevated to #1 if Cam continues to struggle…. HOWEVER, I believe Cam will play decent enough & Bill would rather keep Stidham learning behind the scenes this year & MAYBE next year as well if the Pats do decide to franchise Cam, but my gut tells me Stidham gets the nod next year as the starter…..Cam will just be too expensive to keep Vs a smaller cap space & Sidham with his salary…. it would be wiser to use that additional money to bring in players that will help build a better supporting cast around the young QB….. guess we shall see
    Go Pats!!!!

  13. “What options do they really have? Jarrett Stidham is Brian Hoyer? No….just no.”
    ____________

    For the month of October the 3 of them are a combined 52 QB rating. (Cam and Hoyer are basically tied at 59 and Stidham is at 39.) Now remember how during the offseason there were Pats fans on here saying they were so lucky that they had 3 “starting caliber” QBs and that whoever started was going to a big step up from Brady last year. Good times.

  14. He’s completed 68 % of his passes that puts him 10 in the league
    His last season 2018 he completed 69% of his passes
    So to say he “will never be accurate is obviously wrong.
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    Completion % is a very imperfect indicator of accuracy. It’s literally measuring your accuracy on the throws made not taking into account the degree of difficulty or whether the ball placement was good. A QB could complete 20 straight balls on dump-offs and screen passes and not be an “accurate” passer. This is where the eye-test and advanced stats come in. Cam’s completion % is high because McDaniels and company are too smart to have him attempt too many throws of greater difficulty because they know he’s too erratic.

  15. mogogo1 says:
    October 23, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Now remember how during the offseason there were Pats fans on here saying they were so lucky that they had 3 “starting caliber” QBs
    ————————————————————————–
    No one anywhere has ever said that Hoyer was a “starting caliber QB”. Stop making up nonsense, it makes you look foolish.

  16. “Stidham is FAR from garbage”
    _________

    Stidhams’s career stats: 7/17, 74 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs, rating of 34.

  17. Never worked on his mechanics so you get what you get (this squarely falls for the Panthers coaching staff)…1 play throws it in a tight window, next throws 3 feet high into triple coverage. He’s the only QB that every time he drops back you think there’s a 50/50 shot the ball is going to the other team.

    Pats fan you’ll know after the first drive if you’re getting “good cam” or “bad cam”

  18. It’s a long season, and he’s playing in a new offensive system with one of the worst collections of wide receivers in the NFL (outside of Edelman).

    People are always so quick to rush to judgment. After week 1, Tom Brady was done and that one loss proved that Brady had nothing to do with the Patriots success; it was 100% Belichick; and Cam Newton will make the Patriots offense better than Brady ever could. Now Tampa is 4-2, New England is 2-3, and Cam Newton is terrible.

    I guess overreactions and trolling are part of being a sports fan, but it’s silly to watch it play out from week-to-week sometimes.

  19. wow the piling on after missing a game…and then a game without 2 weeks of practices..The what have you done for me lately league.

    Did we miss the game he threw for almost 400 yards or that his season QBR is 90? Completions around 70%? And that is with zero help from the TE and WR positions.
    Cam is not the problem in NE.
    Why isn’t the 2 high draft TE’s involved with the offense?
    Why did the front office not find WR talent in the off season?

  20. majormalphunktion says:
    October 23, 2020 at 12:41 pm
    wow the piling on after missing a game…and then a game without 2 weeks of practices..The what have you done for me lately league.
    Did we miss the game he threw for almost 400 yards or that his season QBR is 90? Completions around 70%? And that is with zero help from the TE and WR positions.
    Cam is not the problem in NE.
    Why isn’t the 2 high draft TE’s involved with the offense?
    Why did the front office not find WR talent in the off season?
    —————————————

    The yards and ratings are only part of the equation. You need an “eye-test” to see how those figures were arrived at. Seattle’s defense has been awful this year, for starters. That was his near 400 yard game. Edelman had 179 yards receiving in that game; Byrd and Harry had 72 apiece. So don’t tell me there was no help from the WRs. They actually had nearly all the yards.

    Secondly, his season QBR is 49.4, not 90. Awful.

    Thirdly, in his three other games, he hasn’t thrown for more than 162 yards…easy to have a high completion percentage when you check down on every throw.

    The only thing keeping him afloat right now is his running. Three times he’s rushed more than 10 times in a game. 15 times last game! That’s not sustainable. He will get hurt, history shows that with him and other “runners.”

    He’s just not that good and that’s been obvious for a while.

  21. Only allowed 2 practices in 2 weeks, with 4/5 of the offensive line either missing the game, getting injured in-game, or playing out of position.

    Not a recipe for success, regardless of the QB.

  22. So much for plugging in anyone into the “system “, Brady WAS the system!
    Another win for Brady on a team that otherwise was going nowhere. Further proof that the Pats success was primarily due to Brady (now 43), not BB….who pre-Brady as a head coach had a losing record with the Browns and was fired for that ….BB will have a sub-500 record moving forward. Similar to Shanny with Elway.

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