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Cam Newton Says He’s ‘Getting Tired of Sucking’ After Recent New England Patriots Win

by Chris Haney
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On Monday night, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton led his team to a comeback victory over the New York Jets, and following the win, he said he was motivated because he’s tired of losing.

The Patriots quarterback has not played at his best in recent weeks during New England’s stretch of three straight losses. However, Newton helped the Patriots avoid a fourth loss in a row with his performance on Monday Night Football.

During the fourth quarter, the Jets led by 10 points. But, Newton and his teammates overcame the deficit with a game-winning drive to win 30-27. The loss would’ve been especially tough since the Jets are the only team without a win with a 0-9 record.

The former longtime Carolina Panthers quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and cut down on his costly turnovers. In fact, he went 27-for-35 on completions and totaled 274 passing yards. In addition, he threw zero interceptions, which is an important statistic. 

Newton has not been mistake-free, but his passing has steadily improved. In his previous two matchups, the former league MVP threw for a combined 272 yards, zero touchdowns, and three interceptions. His ineffective play against the San Francisco 49ers led to head coach Bill Belichick benching Newton for backup Jarrett Stidham.

Newton Said He’s “Extremely Disappointed” at Recent Performances

Yet, Newton has progressively gotten better since the benching. He says a lot of it came from a desire to not “suck.”

“I’m getting tired of sucking,” Newton told ProFootballTalk. “Simple. As a competitor, you know what your standard is. Taking pride in your way, that’s what it comes down to.”

The former Heisman Trophy winner places much of the blame for the Patriots’ struggles squarely on his shoulders. He has not shied away from criticism and admits to being “extremely disappointed” for some of his recent performances. 

“You not being able to hold your head up because you’re thinking too much. That’s one thing,” Newton explained of his recent play. “But at the same time, you’re solely responsible for the performance that you put up and I was extremely disappointed. And, you know, this is not like ‘I just did my job today.’ That’s what it’s supposed to be each and every week.”

“Efficient football. If it’s not there, just get it out. I had a couple mistakes tonight that I’ll learn from and get better from,” Newton continued. “But yet at the end of the day, this offense thrives when we just keep pressure on the defense throughout. When we’re running or passing, short passes as well as deep passes, and we just have to get better from it.”

The Patriots comeback win was a struggle throughout. But, Newton led his team down the field in the last drive of the game. He threw a 20-yard dart to wide receiver Jakobi Meyers with eight seconds left on the game clock. The completion set up a 51-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.

The close win earned the team a 3-5 record and may help Newton and the Patriots get back to winning ways.

[H/T FOX News]