FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is approaching this week as if his job is in jeopardy after being pulled early within the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
“The very first thing I stated to myself coming house was, ‘You retain taking part in video games like that, bro, and it may be a everlasting change,'” Newton stated Monday morning on Boston sports activities radio WEEI.
“You need not inform me that for me to grasp that. I get it loud and clear.”
Coach Invoice Belichick had stated he took Newton out of the sport, with the Patriots trailing by 27 factors, to offer second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham extra expertise. Belichick additionally stated he is “completely” sticking with Newton as his starter.
“For any kind of competitor, do you’re feeling embarrassed? Yeah,” Newton stated Monday in the course of the radio interview. “I do not really feel offended by what was carried out. I do not really feel offended having one of these dialog. I am a realist.
“I do not concern my place stability extra so than controlling the locker room. Performances like yesterday jeopardizes [that]. It is like, ‘Oh my God!’ Gamers speak, and that is what’s most vital to me. Figuring out you have got your coaches’ perception [is good], however my perception is that I need to have the entire facility. … It does not begin with no miraculous play. It is a complete physique of labor that goes into acting on Sunday.”
Newton completed 9-of-15 for 98 yards with three interceptions, and he stated after the sport that he felt he was urgent an excessive amount of. He defined what unfolded when Belichick pulled him from the sport, saying he wasn’t stunned.
“I am coachable,” Newton stated. “I did not need to put up a [fight]. How dangerous would which were? ‘No, I am not coming [out]!’ He got here and stated, ‘Stidham is ending’ and I agreed.
“No matter kind of approach we’ve to encourage ourselves, I am trustworthy with myself. That leaves no kind of miscommunication with others. When the change occurred, I am caught on the sideline listening to performs and saying to myself, ‘Hear, is that this actually the way you need to do issues?’ Till you make that step to get higher, then that is what it may be.”
Requested if he’d agree that he would possibly look nervous and scared at occasions on the sector, Newton stated: “Nervous? No. Scared? Completely not. Considering? Now that is one thing I might in all probability finger-point [as an issue]. … I do not suppose we’re a six-point offense. If anyone is a competitor, they take it private. Which I do.”
Requested whether or not he has skilled any COVID-19-related “fog” since his return to the group after lacking a Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Newton stated: “No. My goodness. I am listening to a number of ‘what it could possibly be.’ It is easy. I’ve to play higher.”