Within the aftermath of the Patriots squeaking by the New York Jets Monday evening, there’s been loads of dialogue about it being win, or a foul win, and what it actually means within the huge image.
To Cam Newton, there’s no good or dangerous. Throughout his weekly look on “The Greg Hill Present” on WEEI, the Patriots quarterback, who was instrumental within the victory, put the 30-27 win into perspective.
“An important statistic in all of sports activities, it’s not what number of residence runs you hit. It’s not what number of three-pointers you make. It’s not what number of touchdowns you’ve thrown or ran or what number of interceptions you bought,” he mentioned. “An important statistic in all of sports activities is wins and losses. I don’t care the way you get it. And other people don’t care the way you muffled it away. So if we will take that week in and week out, I’ll take that essential statistic over anything.”
Newton will take the victory, enhance to 3-5, and transfer on to the Ravens recreation with the hope of constant to enhance, and persevering with to place up wins each week.
“It was an amazing crew win yesterday … It was a lot wanted,” he mentioned. “It was a divisional win. Hopefully we will journey this momentum into the following couple of video games.”
But it surely was towards the Jets, the worst crew within the league. Newton was informed there are followers who aren’t taking an excessive amount of inventory in that win.
“Powerful crowd,” Newton mentioned with fun. “However for actual, hear man, you possibly can say what you need. That is the NFL. And, it’s simply not a film title. It’s actually ‘Any Given Sunday.’ You must convey your lunch pail day by day, and execute.
“Did we sort of maintain the sport comparatively shut, when in our opinion, greater than we wished to? Completely. However video games we’ve been on this 12 months, as a crew, should you can handle to win these video games, or discover methods to win it builds character, and it builds crew chemistry and it builds crew confidence.”
The Patriots had failed on three prior makes an attempt at comeback wins. They lastly closed the deal towards the Jets.
“Sadly this 12 months, we haven’t been capable of finding methods to win the shut video games. And other people can say no matter they need to say about our opponent that we’re enjoying,” he mentioned. “However, that is going to return up once more … so as an alternative of fellows being tense in shut video games, we’re in a position to keep relaxed and be capable to discover methods to win as a result of we’ve been in these conditions so many occasions this 12 months.”
Newton is aware of the historical past of the Patriots. He is aware of in regards to the sustained success over the previous twenty years, and the six championships.
However this isn’t Tom Brady’s Patriots.
“The 2020-2021 Patriots will look a lot completely different than what 2003, 2013, 2016 … I’m not in competitors with no one,” he mentioned. “And I feel it’s essential for folks to know. I perceive that is New England. I perceive there’s a typical, however realistically, this crew’s future has its personal destiny, and it’s not like anything that has been seen earlier than.”
Requested if it bothered him some folks need the Patriots to tank, Newton didn’t know who these folks had been, and didn’t care.
“No matter is alleged on a radio station and social media, and feedback, I don’t hear it,” mentioned Newton. “I feel for some issues, it’s good I don’t hear it … I don’t need to know. I don’t need to hear the success. And simply because we received, that doesn’t imply I’m turning on ‘First Take’ … I received my blinders on and I’m centered on regularly getting higher.”
Might Newton ever think about Invoice Belichick tanking for a draft decide?
“Hell, no,” he shot again. “What are we doing? It’s a slogan and an iconic quote that claims, ‘You play to win the sport.’ It’s easy … we’re midway via the season the place all the things we wish is in entrance of us … I can solely communicate for myself, and I simply know, after I say we’re shut, we’re extraordinarily shut.”
Newton has established a pleasant chemistry with Jakobi Meyers, who caught 12 passes for 169 yards towards the Jets, none extra essential than the 20-yard reception that arrange Nick People’s game-winner from 51 yards out on the buzzer.
“I’ve identified him enjoying quarterback for thus lengthy, he has instincts and a knack to know the way to get open, to know what the quarterback is considering,” Newton of Meyers, who was initially a quarterback. “I had a dialog with him a pair weeks in the past, simply saying, ‘Bro, I consider in you … I don’t suppose you consider sufficient in you to know you possibly can play this recreation at a excessive stage.’
“He’s simply exhibiting up and proving who and what he will be for this offense and placing this league on discover.”
Listed here are a few of the different highlights from Newton’s interview.
On locker room temper: “(There was), no arguing, no screaming, no yelling. At halftime, the very first thing Josh McDaniels says to the crew, or the offense is: ‘Hey, we’re going to win this recreation.’ And people phrases, that assertion sort of put all the things into perspective and registered lots of issues in everyone’s thoughts. I do know it did for me. It simply mentioned, ‘simply discover a method.’’’
On not taking photographs downfield: “What do folks need me to do? Would you like me to simply chuck the ball downfield simply to say we did it? I imply, it’s humorous simply to listen to the opinions and synopsis of video games. I come residence. I have a look at my telephone from relations: ‘Will you’re taking photographs downfield?’ I say Coach calls photographs down the sphere. If it’s not open, you simply gotta make the correct choices. And belief me, I’ve made a pair of errors this 12 months already simply by chucking it … it doesn’t fare effectively. Only a wasteless down.”
On virtually getting his block knocked off by Ashton Davis: “My neck is barely engaged on a level angle that shuts off the levels to at least one facet, so my eye muscular tissues are getting lots of work in immediately … I informed Josh on the sidelines, ‘Bro, that’s my fault, and I deserved it.’ It received us 15 yards although. It’s the worth you gotta pay.”
On no followers at Gillette: “I’m an vitality, vibrant sort of individual. And I’m not going to take a seat up right here and say a few of the outcomes this 12 months would have been completely different with followers. I do know I had a pair causes to have some boo-birds, however for an individual to know and to have performed this recreation for thus lengthy in a single particular atmosphere, you feed off of the vitality within the stadium. The momentum has been watered down or lessened for that purpose … it’s simply actually disappointing. However on the finish of the day it’s for an amazing trigger and to maintain folks protected, and I feel that’s what’s most essential.”