Cam Newton knows “losing is not acceptable” in New England

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The last time the Patriots didn’t make the playoffs was 2008 after Tom Brady‘s knee injury in Week 1, but they still finished 11-5. The last time the Patriots didn’t finish with double-digit wins was 2002 when they went 9-7. The last time the Patriots finished with a losing record was 2000.

So the standings look a little strange with the Patriots at 2-4 and in third place in the AFC East.

Quarterback Cam Newton has taken most of the criticism, which is something he accepts. The Patriots have lost three in a row, with Newton starting losses to the Broncos and 49ers the past two weeks.

Losing is not acceptable in this locker room, in this county, in this state, in this area, in this region, so, Cameron Newton, you need to pick your expletive up,” Newton said, via Mark Daniels of The Providence Journal. “That’s what I learned.”

Yes, he really said “expletive.”

In the past two weeks, since returning from a positive COVID-19 test, Newton has completed 26 of 40 passes for 255 yards with no touchdowns and five interceptions. He has rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Bill Belichick, though, is sticking with Newton as the Patriots’ starting quarterback.

Newton calls his play “trash” and “unacceptable.”

“When you played the way I played this week — terrible — you open the doors,” Newton said. “This whole week was a humbling experience.

“Getting a tap on the shoulder was a humbling experience, saying, ‘Hey [we’re putting in Jarrett Stidham].’ That’s all humbling. I’m not used to that. Now, I’m at a crossroads that says, ‘Hey, if you don’t pick up your play, that’s going to be a permanent decision.’”

Newton ranks 29th in passing yards (969), 31st in passing touchdowns (two), 30th in pass completions (88) and 30th in passer rating (71.7).

55 responses to “Cam Newton knows “losing is not acceptable” in New England

  1. Kraft will hire a young savy coach and GM after the season. Problem solved. Will Ted Thompson come and show BB how its done?

  2. Losing is absolutely acceptable under Newton and Belichick. Winning left with Brady.

    Laughing as all those Patriots fans called Brady washed by week 2 stating that now they had Cam, McDaniels could finally run the offense he’s been waiting to for years.

    As a life long Bills fan, we are fans of the team through tough seasons and blowout losses.

    We could always see that most arrogant Patriots fans were not fans of the team but fans of the success. Once the success is gone they’ll find someone other team to be “lifelong fans” of.

  3. He honestly just needs to get out of his own head and just pull the trigger on passes. Guys are getting open but he’s just a tad late on throws which leads to the picks and inaccuracy. He’s been bad but the offensive talent in NE BLOWS.

  4. Maybe Brady isn’t as easy to replace as BB thought. I think Kraft said, “it is what it is”. Well what it is, is a 5 win season. Nice work guys.

  5. Newton ranks 29th in passing yards (969), 31st in passing touchdowns (two), 30th in pass completions (88) and 30th in passer rating (71.7).

    As Dennis Green so famously said, he is who we thought he is.

  6. BB aura is about to come down to earth. I’ve always believed Brady was the key. He was great and took less pay for Belichick to have a team around him.

  7. We all know the Bills are going to blow them out this week, especially without Edelman. If the Patriots lose the following week to the Jets it is time for a whole new discussion.

  8. I mean for two/thirds of the franchise’s history losing is the norm so they better accept it and get back to being used to it.

  9. Well, Cam…you see the team is moving in a new direction. And you’re the man to guide this vessel.

  10. acemagee45 says:
    October 29, 2020 at 8:49 pm
    I mean for two/thirds of the franchise’s history losing is the norm so they better accept it and get back to being used to it.

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    You do realize history is more than the 6 games played this year?
    The Patriots record overall record is significantly in the black by well over 100 games.

  11. godkingskovald says:
    October 29, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    We could always see that most arrogant Patriots fans were not fans of the team but fans of the success. Once the success is gone they’ll find someone other team to be “lifelong fans” of.

    Not sure where you get that from. I think most Patriots fans are true fans of the team and won’t jump ship because of an underachieving season thus far. I for one is more than happy to watch and see what happens going forward. And if it happens that way, it would be cool to pick earlier in the draft than usual.

  12. We are going to see what Bill is made of this weekend. If he can put a plan together to beat the Bills…he can still right the ship. Expect the Pats to run the ball…run is some more…and then run it more

  13. Just pump up the enthusiasm Cam. Don’t get discouraged. Remember Brady got trashed by the Chiefs 41-14, but kicked hard and won the SB. Mental toughness. You got to abhor losing.

  14. is it acceptable in NE to taunt your opponent every time you get a first down? or to sulk at the end of the bench with a towel over your head when things aren’t going well? or to put more effort into your pimp outfit than the game plan? didn’t think so…..

  15. He’s playing under a head coach who pre and post-brady has a sub-.500 record….no surprise there.

  16. Cam has been a dumpster fire time to put Stidham in and see what we have for the future if they lose to the Bills this week.

  17. patsfan1818 says:
    October 29, 2020 at 11:33 pm
    Cam has been a dumpster fire time to put Stidham in and see what we have for the future if they lose to the Bills this week.
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    The fact that Stidham hasn’t practiced with the 1s this whole time should tell you all you need to know. The Pats waited until the 11th hour to sign Cam and pretty much immediately named him the starter. Stidham is either not ready, not good enough, or both.

  18. May I remind the exuberant Bill’s fan that over the last 40 games the Patriots have won 35 and lost 5 versus the Bills.

    By the way, I have been a Patriots fan since 1960. The first 30 years were rough but the last 30 have been fun. Since 1994 the Patriots have had 2 losing seasons.

  19. Imagine if all those years with NE, Brady’d had a more great receivers like say Jerry Rice or Steve Largent.

  20. Losing wasn’t acceptable in New England when Tom Brady was there. Believe me, they did a lot of losing before he showed up. They are just finally crashing down into reality that they can no longer draft terrible and let good players walk to FA due to the fact they had a Hall of Fame QB that was also taking EXTREMELY team friendly deals and pay cuts.

  21. boogermcf says:
    October 29, 2020 at 10:18 pm
    We’ll find out soon whether or not BB sans Brady is not a HOF HC.

    Belichick is a HOF defensive coordinator and head coach. He’ll retire as the winningest coach ever. His methods have been copied now for a generation. We’re not debating his lifelong credentials because the Pats are currently 2-4.

    Get a grip.

  22. “Newton calls his play “trash” and “unacceptable.” That pretty much sums up his entire “career.”

  23. Bills are going to blow these guys out. It doesn’t help my Fins to have that happen but the Bills are the better team and if Allen gets himself back on track it’s gonna get ugly. And Now no Edelman? They don’t even have the one receiver that can catch the ball? The only thing in the Pats favor is they run the ball well and the Bills have had some trouble stopping it. Gonna be interesting to see how this plays out.

  24. Losing is acceptable in New England. Losing is not acceptable in Tampa Bay. Bruce Arians is now the smartest coach in the league, and Bill Belichick is now just one of the 31 other coaches. We all see. No sense denying it.

  25. Many of us Pats fans were really more Brady followers than Pats fans. Now that he’s taken his winning ways to Tampa Bay I for one am now a Bucs fan, ESPECIALLY now that “the Gronk” has joined Tom in Tampa. And the possibility of a contrite AB running all over the field catching Brady’s passes only makes the Brady excitement even more intense. Love the GOAT. As a Michigan grad I’m VERY proud of him and would follow and root for him anywhere he chooses to play. It would appear the Pats are obviously doing worse without him. So the question will continue to be analyzed… were all those Super Bowls mainly due to BB or Brady. Hm…. It’s probably still too early to know for sure, but obviously my money is and always has been on Brady! GOAT! Plain and simple…. BB? Not clear yet….

  26. People also like to forget how many Covid holdouts New England had this season. Brady would be a .500 qb on this team at best.

  27. tank a pair of games to NYJ and they’re in the running for #1 pick. Smooth move that was, picking up Cam to give the appearance of trying to win while knowing all along that he’s done. That’s just Bill playing chess again, right?

  28. Only the great Joe Gibbs can win super bows with 3 different QB’s. This is the real Bill without Brady and us NFL fans couldn’t wait for this day to come. I hope Buffalo beats them 40-0.

  29. “Next man up” was bound to fail someday because that relies on the next man actually being good. Their skill positions on offense are easily in the bottom half of the league. Receiver (especially now with Edelman out), tight end, running back… Nobody is producing and nobody scares opposing defenses.

  30. husky1881 says:
    October 29, 2020 at 8:01 pm
    He honestly just needs to get out of his own head and just pull the trigger on passes. Guys are getting open but he’s just a tad late on throws which leads to the picks and inaccuracy. He’s been bad but the offensive talent in NE BLOWS.
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    Tell me again about Brady and the same offensive talent last season.

  31. “The fact that Stidham hasn’t practiced with the 1s this whole time should tell you all you need to know. The Pats waited until the 11th hour to sign Cam and pretty much immediately named him the starter. Stidham is either not ready, not good enough, or both.”
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    This and the fact they only spent a 4th round pick on him. I don’t exactly know where the idea came from that he was “the future.” They saw enough in him to use a late round pick, of which they typically have a ton because they stockpile them. It wasn’t even like he was a known collegiate player that slipped in the draft. He’s a typical “project” pick not some heir apparent.

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