New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton has been waking up at 4:20 a.m. this season, going up to work at 4:30, and finishing his workouts at 11:30 p.m. but his hard work hasn't paid off on the field. On Monday Night Football, Newton had another bad performance, the Patriots suffered another loss and the team now stands at 6-9.
Midway through the third quarter, Newton was pulled out for backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who didn't help much as the Buffalo Bills claimed a dominant 38-9 win. "That's been my schedule for 90 percent of the time I've been here, so you can kind of understand the frustration I do have when I don't have the outcome, because I'm sacrificing so much.
You're talking to a person who hasn't seen his kids in three months," Newton said, per ESPN. Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, is playing this season on a minimum base salary of $1.05 million "Obviously, the contract is what it is.
Submitting myself to this team is something I've been doing since day one. Being accessible. Yeah, it's frustrating. It makes you mad," Newton said.
Coach Bill Belichick once again backs up Newton
"Cam did a good job for us.
I mean, that wasn't the problem," Belichick said of the decision to turn to Stidham. "We weren't very competitive in the game." The Patriots are set to miss out on the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
"It's extremely frustrating, knowing what you're capable of, having belief in yourself. It's just not showing when it counts the most," Newton said. Patriots coach Belichick has been voicing his support for Newton throughout the whole season.
"The feeling is mutual. I will keep getting better each and every week, getting more comfortable in this offense for the last week that I possibly can. Let's see where it gets me," Newton added. It remains to be seen if Newton will start in the Patriots' season finale against the New York Jets this Sunday.
"It makes you angry knowing that to be a trusted teammate you first have to submit to authority and submit to what the coaches are asking you to do. I feel like I have done that. I'm not in the place of blame. I'm more or less venting right now because, yeah, I've sacrificed so much this year," Newton added.
"I mean, it hurts when you have the outing that you have tonight, just to go home, then start it over for a whole another week."