Cam Newton: I’ve just been pressing

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Patriots quarterback Cam Newton turned in his second straight poor performance in Sunday’s 33-6 loss to the 49ers and found himself on the bench in the fourth quarter after throwing his third interception of the day.

After the game, head coach Bill Belichick said Newton will remain the starter but that probably won’t continue to be the case if Newton continues to struggle in losing efforts. Newton said in his postgame press conference that he feels fine physically and that the “mental” game has been causing him to turn in disappointing efforts.

“Well, I’ve just been pressing,” Newton said. “I don’t think it’s anything with mechanics. It’s seeing the situation at hand and I caught myself just pressing too much. The energy is definitely been off for me and at times it’s not rewarding when you’re just going out there with this aura about yourself that’s not you. I love playing this football game. I have fun playing this football game, but the performances here hasn’t been somewhat delightful for me to have fun in doing so. So I just got to be better. And a lot of things starts and stops at that position and I understand that. And I have put this team in a rut with the performances here, and yet just start over with Monday and see where it goes.”

Newton said he believes “without a doubt” that he’s capable of being the player that the Patriots need him to be and next week’s game against the Bills would be a good time to start proving that’s the case.

23 responses to “Cam Newton: I’ve just been pressing

  1. Pressing? I think you are done in many ways Cam. Patriots are going to have a quick hook on him going forward and they need to look to the future sooner than later.

  2. Let stidham play and grow we’ve seen enough of newton it’s not working! if the Pat’s are ment to have a down year it should be used to get stidham ready for next season instead of trying to pump up newton’s market value.

  3. If you take away Cam’s running lanes, he’s not a good QB. Remember how he used to try to run over everyone until he started getting hurt?

    You don’t get Cam the starting QB unless he is running over people and that just isn’t going to happen much any more. The mental aspect of his game just isn’t good enough to carry the load.

  4. Newton and Belichick… Opposite ends of the universe.
    New England getting what they deserve. Should have never pushed Tom away.

  5. LOL! I wondered from the beginning how long Belichick would allow this project to go on.

    Newton is a running back who can occasionally hoist the ball. Sometimes pretty well, but he’s not an NFL-level passer nor will he become one at this age!

  6. The dynasty is dead. We have come full circle ….terrible for 30 years ….dynasty for 20 years and terrible once again. Belichick the GM has failed Belichick the coach on so many levels. They have needed help at tight end and wr for 3-4 years and he continues to kick the can down the road. I dont blame Brady for leaving . They will be lucky to win 1-2 more games this year.

  7. I don’t know if it’s a good fit. You can see it on the one play where he stays in the pocket too long, looking for an open guy and can’t find one anywhere. He decides to run but it’s too late to turn it into anything meaningful. I think Cam is being hamstrung by the coaches and is not running like he is capable of.

  8. two sentences say it all….
    “it’s not rewarding when you’re just going out there with this aura about yourself that’s not you” and ” the performances here hasn’t been somewhat delightful for me to have fun in doing so”

    think the problem with his aura is that while he is a great and gifted athlete, he is only an average quarterback otherwise. the offense for a while looked more like a single wing rather than a pro set. and what person anywhere thought playing for bill belichick was going to be delightful and fun?

  9. Who was it that had this team in the top 3 of the power rankings at the beginning of the year with the caption “this team is built to win now”?

    This was painfully easy to predict. Players are led by players and this team has no on field leadership to inspire them. I wonder where a payer like that could have gone.

  10. No surprise that BB is the sub-500 coach he was pre-Brady. Brady WAS the system…Bill was along for the ride and deserves little credit for the titles.

  11. All Cam Newton would have had to do was not get signed by anyone this offseason and the talking heads would have crowned him a first ballot Hall of Famer best quarterback ever and reviled and ridiculed every team who did not sign him as well as every first, second, and third team quarterback in the league in comparison. Too bad the genius Belichick ruined all that for him and exposed him for what he really is.

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