Assessing where the Patriots are after a fourth straight loss, quarterback Cam Newton admitted it had been a tough month in his interview Monday morning with “The Greg Hill Show»On WEEI.
“Look, I’ve been a week at a time for the past four weeks,” Newton said after the 24-21 loss to the Bills on Sunday. “The vibe you get in that locker room is that we only need one, because coming back and knowing this team as well as I know this team, after that Raiders win, I think everyone world had their heads full and momentum. Then obviously what happened with COVID and everything like that is just a slippery slope, going down a slippery driveway trying to get your footing back. “
Still, Newton added that he was still hopeful of a turnaround.
“One thing I know about this team is that once we get the first one, the next one is almost, ‘OK, we remember how to win,’ Newton said. “OK, we know what that does. This is where situational football comes in, let’s do a better job of doing this, that and the third.
The 31-year-old was optimistic despite the team’s 2-5 record.
“There’s no question in my mind that guys are taking the right steps to focus on every day, every rep, every practice that will inevitably lead to success in the game for a particular game,” said Newton. “We have a relatively young but mature team that keeps everyone focused and in line with the common goal for this specific day and week.”
When asked if he thinks the Patriots could still make the playoffs, Newton focused on New England’s next opponent.
“I think this team can win the next game,” Newton said.
The Patriots won’t play again until a Monday night clash with the Jets. But as he explained, things can change – for better or for worse – in a quick period of time in the NFL.
“One thing about this league is that this league changes every two weeks,” Newton noted.
Although he helped the Patriots stay in the game against the division-leading Bills and led New England within range to potentially tie the game, Newton’s fumble in last practice put end to any chance of return.
As for the inevitable criticism he received in light of the loss (and the ongoing losing streak), Newton didn’t hesitate.
“They are entitled to their own opinion, and they might be right, who knows? Newton admitted. “And I’m not here to fight every person who calls.”
“For me, my reason is that I listen, I have to improve myself,” Newton said. “I feel like I’m getting better, I know I’m getting better and the comfort of this offense is going to explode, so whatever anyone might say I agree with them 110 percent . There is no one there who will be more critical of the way Cam Newton plays apart from Cam Newton.
When WEEI host Greg Hill told Newton he was “super depressed this morning, but I feel better talking to you, Cam,” the Patriots quarterback shed light on his reaction. post-game.
“You and me both,” Newton replied. “It’s no fun sitting in a dark room all day and almost crying. It’s just like what else should I do?
Newton also developed the everyday reality of a football player judged purely on wins and losses.
“That’s what people don’t understand, for us it’s like winning at any cost,” Newton suggested. “And when you win, everything is so simple. A rainy day could be so therapeutic. The snow is just like, ‘Oh my God, it’s so beautiful.’ The cold windy air is just like, ‘Oh my God, this is something to take.’
“But when you lose, even on the rainiest or sunniest days, it’s like, ‘Oh my God, it’s back,’ and it’s this, that, and the third. Your energy is cut off.
Yet despite the team’s current losing streak, Newton has explained why he is keeping up his hopes.
“I just erased it all and took a deep breath and keep pushing because we’re close,” Newton said. “And I think everyone can attest to that. We have to find a way. We had opportunities this year where we lost extremely close matches, but still the optimism [takeaway] that you can get from this is just a game here, and a game there and these are different games. Just like yesterday I have to do a better job of holding myself accountable for the football first and just going ahead and building on it. “
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