2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton admitted he hoped to have a better campaign in his first season with the New England Patriots but underlined that he isn't discouraged and that he doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon. Newton, who was taken at No.
1 by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 in the NFL draft, split with the Panthers shortly after the last season and signed with the Patriots this summer. The Patriots, who suffered a 22-12 loss on the road to the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday, now own a 6-8 record and they have lost all of their chances at making the playoffs.
Against the Dolphins, Newton went 17-of-27 for 209 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. There is a chance that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will give a chance to backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the last two games.
"I'm going to leave it up to the people who I've been leaving it up to since day one. I'm 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, as revealed on ESPN.
"I'm still on a job interview, to be honest with you."
Newton not discouraged by a bad season
"I still have a lot of football left. I 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." Newton was the first one to put the blame on his name after some of his poor performances. "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. Patriots coach Belichick was asked to explain what has Newton done to convince him that he is the right quarterback for the team going forward.
"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," Belichick said.
"Obviously [we] haven't played the run well the last two weeks and haven't been able to score a touchdown the last two weeks. I don't think this is about any one individual."