New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton admitted he regrets not having the offseason because he believes that way he would have a better chance of learning the new system. Newton, the 2015 NFL MVP, split with the Carolina Panthers after nine season and signed with the Patriots, who lost six-time Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady in the offseason.
Newton's first season in New England hasn't gone as planned as the Patriots are on a three-game losing streak and sitting at 6-9. "My only regret was I wish I had more time to dissect what I was actually getting in to," Newton said, per ESPN.
"I've been in this league long enough to kind of always downplay, like, 'Man, we don't need preseason. We don't need OTAs. We're ready to go.' Yeah, maybe if I was still in the system I came from.
But learning this system, you just need more time, you need more real reps to kind of go through because there's only but so much you can kind of make up. "You could put the eyelashes on. You could do your eyebrows.
You could put your lipstick on. The mascara and the lip liner. But sooner or later, it's going to rain and the real true you will show. And unfortunately it showed -- not necessarily in ways that I wanted to."
It has been a pretty rough few months for Newton
The Patriots, who won six Super Bowl titles during the Brady Era, are set to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Newton knows he has failed to live up to the expectations but he hopes to get a second chance. "All of those things, being unemployed for 86 nights, yeah, that's tough. Having injuries, yeah, that's tough. Going through this season and you can kind of assume what a juggernaut media market that Boston is.
... The slander that comes with living up to the TB12 expectations; yeah, all of that is tough. You hear it. [But] none of it is even a close second to not being able to see your children. And then on top of that, you're sucking? Ah, man," Newton said.
"For me, I still can be better. I still can be more consistent. Some of the throws that I've had, I wish I would have had back. But yet nobody cares about the circumstances, nobody cares about the waves or the tide that's in the water. They just care about you just reeling that ship on in, and I didn't do that consistently enough."