Cam Newton spent the end of the Patriots’ 33–6 loss to the 49ers on the bench after he tallied just nine completions and 95 yards passing, and he added three interceptions.
He was ultimately benched for Jarrett Stidham. Newton called the benching embarrassing on Monday morning and revealed what he told himself afterwards.
“For any type of competitor, do you feel embarrassed? Yeah,” Newton said on Monday, via Patriots reporter Mike Reiss. “. . . The first thing I said to myself coming home was ‘You keep playing games like that, bro, and it’s going to be a permanent change.’”
After a 2-1 start to the season, the Patriots have now lost three straight.
Even still, Bill Belichick is sticking behind cam and has already stated he is still the starter for their next game.
“I don’t feel offended by what was done. I don’t feel offended having this type of conversation. I’m a realist,” Newton told WEEI.
“I don’t fear my position stability more so than controlling the locker room. Performances like yesterday jeopardize [that]. It’s like, ‘Oh my God!’ Players talk, and that’s what’s most important to me. Knowing you have your coaches’ belief [is good], but my belief is that I want to have the whole facility. …It doesn’t start with no miraculous play. It’s a whole body of work that goes into performing on Sunday.”
The Patriots will return to the field on Nov. 1 as they travel to Buffalo to face the Bills.