Can he though? Merry Christmas! Cam Newton recently said that he believes he can still play at a high level. New England Patriots Cam Newton quarterback is having the worst statistical season of his career. Even though the quarterback admitted that he hasn’t lived up to his expectations this season, he said on Monday that he still has “a lot of football left.”
“I’m going to leave it up to the people who I’ve been leaving it up to since day one. Not going to feed into that,” Newton said in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, when asked whether he still expects to be the starter. “I’m still on a job interview, to be honest with you.”
Despite his struggles, Newton said he enjoyed playing for the Patriots, as the experience has shown him how much better he can be as a player.
“I still have a lot of football left. Still want to play football. I have the urge to be better,” Newton said, when asked whether he would consider retirement. “After putting out this film? Hey, c’mon now. I can’t go out like this. I definitely can’t go out like this.”
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In his defense, the Patriots haven’t surrounded him with a lot of talent at the wide receiver and tight end positions.
“You have to be your best self when your best self is needed. That’s a famous quote from John Wooden that [quarterbacks] coach Jedd [Fisch] has kind of implemented to remind us. That’s the thing that I didn’t do enough this year,” Newton said.
After decisively declaring “Cam’s our quarterback” after a Week 14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Bill Belichick seemed to soften a bit in his stance Monday morning. When asked what he’s seen from Newton to warrant possibly sticking with him, Belichick deflected.
“Really, we have a lot of team questions we need to answer, so I think that will be the overriding thing. We’ll talk about that today, tomorrow — we have an extra day this week — and look at things starting from a bigger-picture standpoint,” he said.