Frustrated Cam Newton sees hard work not leading to results

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In most lines of work, it takes natural talent plus a relentless work ethic to have success. When talent combined with hard work doesn’t result in success, frustration becomes the obvious result.

Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, who has the talent to play quarterback at a high level, made it clear after last night’s 38-9 drubbing by the Bills that he’s putting in the work. Given the result of the season, he’s frustrated.

He was asked whether an account from the ESPN broadcast claiming that Newton wakes up at 4:20 a.m., leaves the house in 10 minutes, and doesn’t got to bed until 11:30 p.m. reflect his normal schedule.

“That’s been my schedule for 90 percent of the time I’ve been here,” Newton said. “So you can kind of understand the frustration I do have when I don’t have the outcome, because I’m sacrificing so much. [You’re] talking to a person who ain’t seen his kids in three months. Obviously the contract is what it is. Submitting myself to this team is something I’ve been doing since day one. Being accessible. Yeah, it’s frustrating. It makes you mad. It makes you angry knowing that to be a trusted teammate you first have to submit to authority and submit to what the coaches are asking you to do. I feel like I have done that. I’m not in the place of blame. I’m more or less venting right now because, yeah, I’ve sacrificed so much this year. I mean, it hurts when you have the outing that you have tonight, just to go home, then start it over for a whole ‘nother week, yeah.”

This is the last week that he’ll be doing it in the 2020 season, and the final compensation for his effort will be $3.706 million, which represents less than 10 percent of the current top of the quarterback market.

He also was asked whether he’s done enough to deserve the starting job in New England for 2021.

“I don’t care about no contract,” Newton said. “I just want to win.”

Asked more specifically whether he has done a good job in what he has called a “job interview,” Newton responded, “That’s not for me to answer.”

The only answer he currently can provide relates to the frustration he’s feeling, given the struggles of the offense.

“It’s extremely frustrating, knowing what you’re capable of, having belief in yourself, it’s just not showing when it counts the most,” Newton said.

He’ll become a free agent in March, unless the Patriots sign him to a new contract before then. It will be interesting to see whether he wants to remain with New England once the dust settles on the 2020 season, and whether New England wants to bring him back. Given the current quality of the roster, especially on offense, Cam may need to go elsewhere in 2021 if his top priority is winning.

19 responses to “Frustrated Cam Newton sees hard work not leading to results

  1. I was never a fan of Cam Newton, but he has earned a measure of respect this season. By all accounts coming from the team, he is an extremely hard worker and a supportive teammate.

    But that hasn’t translated to success. He’s thrown a lot of highly inaccurate passes, he doesn’t have good pocket awareness, he keeps holding on at the mesh point even when the D is right there and will clearly overcome both him and the running back, and he’s not nearly as good as he should be at reading defenses. At the same time, though, he’s not working with talented weaponry. Asiasi was a joke at blocking last night, receivers dropped catchable balls and aren’t getting good separation. It’s hard to tell what Cam’s ceiling is (or Stidham’s for that matter) considering the supporting cast. I’m dubious about Cam, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Belichick re-signs him at a team-friendly price and spends real money on improving the many other areas of need for the team.

  2. Anyone with eyes can see that Cam is having a very hard time throwing the football. I like the guy’s attitude, but he can’t play QB.

  3. Bill Belichick throwing his phone was the best throw the Patriots made all night. That says it all.

  4. I do respect Cam’s work ethic. I just don’t understand why he can’t seem to bring the skills that he has to the games. He keeps saying that he has a lot of football left in him. Forget throwing. Where’s the rest of it? I think he’s a guy who doesn’t want to accept that he is done as a QB.

  5. Rather than look to sign with a contender, he should take whatever he can get. Please spare me the whiny “ how hard he works” crap, that’s the requirement for starting QB’s in the NFL

  6. The Pat’s dynasty is over and so is Cam’s career. Hard to watch last night, he cannot throw it over 10 yards.

  7. He did what the Patriots expected to do this year. Belichick built it to be a running team this year, which is why Newton has 12 rushing TDs. That so many pundits are either lost on this or acting like they don’t know it is why I rarely pay attention to pundits. These are the same terrible receivers that Brady struggled with last year minus their best player in Edelman. It also shows how low of a football IQ many Patriot fans actually have to when you scrutinize them. The bigger issue this year is that Belichick’s defense stunk. It was mediocre to start the year, but they had a chance to win most of those early games in the final possession but just came up short several times, but the second half of the year, it’s been atrocious. That kind of blows up being a running team and is why they are going to finish 7-9 or 6-10.

  8. “Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, who has the talent to play quarterback at a high level” LOL

  9. This roster has no spark at all. TB12 took an injury decimated roster to within 3 points of winning the 2016 AFCCG. Not the same situation, but strong evidence that a team responds to who they take the field with.

  10. Cam has put in the work, unfortunately his body has declined. Its time for him to retire. He’s earned over $100 million and is no longer starting quality. Why hang around as a back up?

  11. Cam Newton was never the answer. I laughed when fans loved this signing, completely forgetting everything they ever knew about Newton. Expectations of ten or eleven wins were claimed. Tom Brady himself would have struggled to win 11 games with this team.

    I honestly don’t know what Bill Belichick was thinking, putting together this pathetic of a roster, on all three phases of the game. How did this guy manage to build a twenty year dynasty???

  12. Maturity, age, & diminishing skills are bringing Cam the humility we’ve been wanting to see in him for years.

  13. Inconsistency and throwing off that back foot has been Cam’s Achilles heel his entire career. Working on the mechanics and sure he has but maybe its just not there with accuracy for the reason his running attack was his Superman!!

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