So far the Cam Newton experiment is not panning out well for the New England Patriots. Throughout the first 5 games played this season, Newton has thrown for a pathetic two touchdowns, 969 yards, and SEVEN interceptions. Coming off their week 5 whooping at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers in which Cam Newton was replaced by Jarrett Stidham in the third quarter after going just 9 of 15 passing for 98 yards and three interceptions, leaving his future with the Patriots in limbo.
Cam has been open about his time with the organization from the beginning; it started when his family didn’t make the move to Boston with him and really heated up when he called his time in New England a “business trip” when asked about his future by reporters.
Bill Belichick immediately came out and confirmed that Cam will remain the starter going forward, but Bill has been known to lie about future lineups. In the past to not give opponents teams a scouting advantage. Realistically, I do not see the Patriots replacing Cam under any circumstances this season due to their lack of having a better option behind him. Stidham has noticeably struggled when he’s been on the field, and if you’re considering starting Brian Hoyer, you might as well allow Cam to continue to play horribly.
On Monday morning following the benching, Cam said:
“I didn’t … in no way shape or form did I put this team in a position to compete, and that’s inexcusable. This is the National Football League where a lot is put on the quarterback and I have to deliver and I haven’t done that. Quite frankly, it’s evident. So here moving forward I know what the issue is like I just said, and I just have to be better.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. The Patriots travel to upstate New York to take on their AFC East foes, and current division leader, Buffalo Bills on Sunday: a must-win bounce back game for Newton and the Patriots. Can Cam return to his MVP form or will he continue to carry the Patriots in the wrong direction?