Cam Newton says he doesn’t have COVID-19 brain fog

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As people try to figure out what’s wrong with Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, some wonder whether it has something to do with his fairly recent bout with COVID-19.

Appearing on WEEI this morning, Newton was asked whether he’s experiencing any “fog” effects from the virus.

“No,” Newton said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “My goodness. I’m hearing a lot of what it could be. It’s simple. I have to play better.”

Newton played so poorly on Sunday that he was removed from the lineup for Jarrett Stidham.

“For any type of competitor, do you feel embarrassed?” Newton said. “Yeah. . . . The first thing I said to myself coming home was, ‘You keep playing games like that, bro, and it’s going to be a permanent change.'”

For now, coach Bill Belichick has said that’s not happening.

Newton’s throwing efficiency continuously has declined since Week One, when he posted a 100.7 passer rating against the Dolphins in Week One. He then dipped to 94.6 against the Seahawks, 73.8 against the Raiders, 51.6 against the Broncos, and 39.7 against the 49ers, a performance that included only 98 passing yards, nine completions, and three interceptions.

Regardless of whether he’s feeling any specific effects of COVID-19, that diagnosis became the moment a promising season was knocked wobbly. Now, the Patriots are on the ropes.

The message to the other AFC contenders is simple: Punch them through while you can. If they can get things under control and scratch and claw their way to the playoffs, they will be dangerous in January.

47 responses to “Cam Newton says he doesn’t have COVID-19 brain fog

  1. Maybe now Cam knows why Brady left. NE does not surround the QB position with adequate talent.

  2. I watched that game last night. The guy didn’t even want to be on the field and was missing 5 yard outs by 3 yards. Something is wrong or he has somehow forgot even how to perform the basic functions of being an NFL quarterback.

  3. Belechick’s recent decision making as a GM is questionable. Maybe he should ask the dog.

  4. Here’s the problem: Edelman is declining, the TE’s they drafted don’t appear to be very good, and N’Keal Harry looks like a bust.

  5. Ok, So the Country is happy to see that the NE Patriots are reeling, Tom Brady is excelling with a weapons laden Tampa team and overall life in the NFL seems to be good.

    Ok got that out there and off my chest. My Team, isn’t looking good this morning. We do have some bright spots so far in this season, Holding a team out of the red zone for 60 minutes and to field goals only… Should produce a win for the team. But when the offense is turning the ball over in your own red zone or darn close to it game after game you can’ win those types of games. We have some young Defensive talent that will help in years to come. Our o-line is strong and our Backs are running hard and the ground game is strong.

    The receiving corps are young and not the highest level of talent in comparison to that we have seen in years past. The best receiver is showing his age and slowing down. Coupled with the highest level of Covid- 19 opt out players, is showing the lack of depth in key positions.

    The team just isn’t that good this year. Cam isn’t as good as hoped for and maybe done. A few more games should determine that to be true or not. You can’t keep throwing behind players mid-route and at knees and thighs. He has to get more accurate.

    So we still go on and see what will happen and hope for the best. As an aside, I am still rooting for an old man in Fla to continue his greatness…. This is a sad Monday morning…up here in New England

  6. I was surprised at how well they played in the first three games and even more how bad in the last two.

    Offense doesn’t surprise me as much as the D.

    I do think practice means more to the Patriots.

    They have huge personnel weaknesses:

    QB
    WR
    TE

    DL
    LB

    That’s on Bill. Then again, he’s had an impressive record in the last 19 years, with and without Brady in the lineup.

  7. Defense isn’t bad. Could use more pressure on passer. DB’s are good.

    Receiving corp is historically bad. Edelmen is hurt. Edelmen is a guy the qb has to be on same page.

  8. The Patriots have had some uncharacteristic losses during the dynasty (very sporadically), but this is different.

    They’re finally going through what other teams have to do routinely. That they were able to sustain a run of excellence for so long is remarkable, but it would cross over to “miraculous” if they kept it going at this point.

    I’d be surprised if they extended Cam. They’re in for a full-on rebuild.

  9. I’ll never forget how passive he was in the super bowl. He was just taking his time with everything..there was no urgency. He’s good when things are good..but when they go bad..he could care less..

  10. Football is simple. Good rosters filled with good players win games. The Patriots have a bad roster.

    Cam was mediocre the past two years with good weapons in Carolina. Why would he suddenly play better with a much worse supporting cast? I hope the ridiculous Brady vs Belichick success pie chart argument is officially dead now. Brady was the dynasty and is the greatest to ever do it.

  11. tb12bestqbevah says:
    October 26, 2020 at 10:33 am
    Here’s the problem: Edelman is declining, the TE’s they drafted don’t appear to be very good, and N’Keal Harry looks like a bust.

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    I guess BB didn’t like DK Metcalf

  12. Belichick can’t do what he normally would, which is use the first 4 games to figure out how the team will win. You can do that with Brady because you know what level of consistency he brings. Even when off, which wasn’t often, he didn’t outright lose you games by himself.

    Too many key opt outs, losses to FA, and no Brady plus a weak receiving corps.

    The defense has to step up and help win these games.

  13. Except for some obvious outliers, the Patriots have never drafted particularly well, and it’s finally catching up with them.

  14. Where is the “Belichick is a GENIUS” and ‘NE a great place for Cam to be” crowd now?

    Bottom line is Pats arent good…and Cam is even worse. He THINKS he looks cool though…so umm…yeah.

  15. If Cam isn’t playing well it’s a huge problem since they have no other viable options at quarterback. Stidham came in yesterday and threw another interception and somehow wound up with a worse rating than Cam. But I think the biggest issue is there is NOBODY producing on offense. They have no real running game outside of Cam, Edelman is 300 years old, and the rest of their receivers and tight ends are nameless/faceless guys who would be practice squad players for lots of other teams. The cupboard is bare.

  16. Belichick has always been a better coach than a GM. This should go without saying. He actually inherited a talented Patriots team in 2000, which already had Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law, Troy Brown, Adam Vinatieri, Lawyer Milloy, Kevin Faulk, and other great players. However, Bill deserves credit for drafting Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Devin McCourty, Deion Branch, Vince Wilfork, and acquiring guys like Randy Moss and Wes Welker in free agency. For the most part, he was cheap. He never really surrounded Brady with offensive talent, unlike the Steelers and Colts. His players never lasted long. This is what he had to work with.

  17. NE needs more Cam runs. He had 75 yards in Game 1. He’s started sliding in the pocket and looking downfield. I hope that’s not Josh McD’s idea to have him try to be Patrick Mahomes and play street ball. No one open? Then RUN, CAM, RUN! He gets three yards just falling over.

  18. While I agree that Newton is terrible. Brady was terrible for his last two seasons on this team as well. Pats should stick with Stidham or Hoyer and cut Cam.

  19. Brady made up for a lot of losses to free agency & for a lot of Belichick draft-failures. There will not be another Brady in my lifetime. So not looking good for Patriots.

    Other than that, love to see Brady doing great in Tampa.

  20. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 26, 2020 at 12:07 pm
    Let the Stid era begin

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    Might as well see what you have. Cam isn’t the answer, maybe good enough to go 9-7 at this point if everything else is sorted. On a team with limited weapons and good players opting out, 9-7 looks like a fantasy.

  21. Naterade says:
    October 26, 2020 at 12:07 pm
    While I agree that Newton is terrible. Brady was terrible for his last two seasons on this team as well. Pats should stick with Stidham or Hoyer and cut Cam.

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    Stidham has tossed 4 interceptions in 20 pass attempts. BB has seen what he has with Stidham and it ain’t pretty. BB needs to pull a fast one and Coax Andrew Luck out of retirement.

  22. turkeycreekjackjohnson says:
    October 26, 2020 at 11:35 am
    Belichick can’t do what he normally would, which is use the first 4 games to figure out how the team will win. You can do that with Brady because you know what level of consistency he brings. Even when off, which wasn’t often, he didn’t outright lose you games by himself.

    Too many key opt outs, losses to FA, and no Brady plus a weak receiving corps.

    The defense has to step up and help win these games.

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    The D has been bailing out McDoofus for 3 years now. This goes back to 2018 with Brady slamming down his helmet in Detroit or McD reasi g out people in Jax.

    Magically, mixed in there the D allowed 3 points and all the media did was talk about Brady.

    I have a sneaking suspicion the D is kinda tired over needing to get 2 ints a game and to be great in the red zone, expected to hold teams to 13 points every week in an easy, offensive era.

    It’s ridiculous. Denver got into the red zone like one time last week.

    Our QB can’t even get the offense to midfield. Imagine if Meyers had played the whole game? It’s a personnel deployment issue on offense just like it was in 2018 until late in the year.

    The subbing of the RBs still plagues McDummy. Just run pony sets with the pairs of backs and use less TE and hammer the rock, using each pai all the way down on the drive. Do not sub the backs based on the playcall.

    He keeps doing it.

  23. Really surprised Cam did a radio interview. Here in charlotte he would do 1 interview a year with our local sports radio station. He was never asked tough questions like that.

  24. ariani1985 says:
    October 26, 2020 at 12:22 pm
    Patsfan4life.

    Hate to say but the stid era will not end well for you and your Patriots.
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    I can’t even fathom how anybody would think Stidham could hold onto a starting job for long enough to have an “era.” His career stats are: 48% completions, 1 TD vs 4 INTs, QB rating of 36.

  25. Scam Newton just doesn’t seem to make good choices. Brady spoiled us, for 19 years Brady made a decision and got rid of the ball quick. Scam seems to think he has 5-7 seconds to hold the ball. Harry is a bust, phony michel is in the same boat.

  26. 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.

  27. Time to tank for Trevor? Maybe they could get Darnold out of NY or toss Josh Rosen another chance. A decent O-line will help these young guys out.

  28. Bruce Arians has is the greatest coach in the NFL. How did miss that all these years? Cam just needs to get with Bruce.

  29. Remember how “criminal” it was that Cam went nearly the entire offseason without getting signed?

  30. Amazing there are Pats “fans” who think Brady sucked the last two years, in which the Pats went 24-8 in the regular season, won a super bowl thanks to Brady carving up a talented Chargers defense and outdueling Mahomes in KC to get them there, before they ran out of gas with a complete lack of offensive talent last season as evidenced by the historically terrible performances by the team this year despite having a dual threat former MVP QB running the show.

  31. Funny how the tables have turned. When Cam was picked up by NE, oooooooooh everyone screamed the praises, ooooooooh this is great!! Superbowl some shouted lol hmmmmmmmmmm

  32. ghjjf says:
    October 26, 2020 at 11:07 am
    Brain fog was one of his preexisting conditions.

    ^^^This^^^ Now that is funny…

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