The New England Patriots Cam Newton slipped under .500 after losing to Denver on Sunday, marking the first time the team has been under .500 this late in a season since 2002.
Despite their struggles, quarterback Cam Newton believes they will turn things around. Will they? 2002 was a long time ago.
“There’s no need to press the panic button. There’s no need to start reinventing the wheel. We have the answers in that locker room.” Newton said Monday morning in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI.
New England’s loss on Sunday came after the team had just two practices over a two-week span. This because of positive COVID-19 tests. Newton noted that the lack of practice showed in the passing game. However, added that there are no excuses.
Newton finished the game completing 17-of-25 passes for 157 yards with two interceptions. He noted that his timing was off, which resulted in his holding the ball too long at times.
New England Patriots Cam Newton Doesn’t Need to Panic
“I just have to be better, and I can’t stress that enough moving forward. The anticipation was off. I think that was the biggest discrepancy in not having practice,” Newton said in the radio interview. “Usually in most times, you can throw it away before the receiver is looking for it and be on the money with it. But not having practice for as long as I [haven’t] had practice, it just showed.”
Newton added that his final throw on Sunday, which resulted in an incomplete pass to receiver N’Keal Harry, reflected his rustiness.
“It goes back to anticipation. I knew I was going to get hit. I knew what route he was running, but that’s just a thing that I didn’t see it all week in practice,” Newton said. “Knowing what he had, him being faced with different circumstances of the leverage of the defender [to the inside of the field], I have to be better.
“I want to make that perfectly clear. Have to play better football for the New England Patriots, and I will. I heard a person say once, ‘I don’t point fingers, I point thumbs.’ I take full responsibility of where we are as an offense.”