The New England Patriots benched quarterback Cam Newton in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s match against the San Francisco 49ers and analysts say his starting job is in jeopardy. Truth is, Newton feels the same way. He is trying extra hard right now. The Patriots got him to win more games in 2020. Head coach Bill Belichick won’t think twice before getting rid of Newton and using Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer.
“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,'” the quarterback said Monday morning on Boston sports radio WEEI. “You don’t need to tell me that for me to understand that. I get it loud and clear.”
Head coach Belichick took Newton out of the game to give Stidham experience. That’s what he said following the 33-6 loss. Moreover, Belichick is definitely using Newton as a starting quarterback for the season.
Cam Newton is keeping his starting job
When asked if he is embarrassed right now, Newton said he doesn’t feel offended.
“I don’t feel offended by what was done,” the 2015 NFL MVP said. “I don’t feel offended having this type of conversation. I’m a realist. I don’t fear my position stability more so than controlling the locker room. Performances like yesterday jeopardizes [that]. It’s like, ‘Oh my God!’ Players talk, and that’s what’s most important to me. Knowing you have your coaches’ belief [is good], but my belief is that I want to have the whole facility. … It doesn’t start with no miraculous play. It’s a whole body of work that goes into performing on Sunday.”
Newton finished 9-of-15 for 98 yards and three interceptions. In his postgame interview, Newton said he was pressing too much. He wasn’t surprised by Belichick’s decision to bench him early in the fourth quarter.
Newton is a coachable player and he accepts every suggestion. Belichick used Stidham to finish the game and Newton accepted that.
The talented quarterback will have to find motivation. He has one right now. He has to prove doubters wrong.