The Patriots have lost four straight games for the first time since 2000 and are 2-5 on the year, but appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday morning, quarterback Cam Newton had an optimistic attitude.
Newton believes one win will get the team back on track and noted the team was in a good place following the Week 3 win over the Raiders and then it had to deal with COVID-19 issues.
“Just the vibe that you get in that locker room is we just need one," he said. "Going back and knowing this team as well as I do know this team, coming off of that Raiders win, I think everybody had a full head of steam and momentum. Then obviously what happened with COVID and everything like that, it’s just been a slippery slope, walking down a slippery aisle trying to regain your footing. One thing I do know about this team is once we get that first one, that next one is almost, ‘OK, we remember how to win. OK, we know how this feels. This is where situational football kicks in, let’s do a better job of doing this, that and the third.’
"There’s no doubt in my mind that guys are taking the proper steps of focusing on each and every day, each and every rep, each and every practice that will inevitably lead to in-game success for one particular game. We have a relatively young, but mature team that keeps everybody focused and in line with what the common goal is for that specific day and week.”
Against the Bills on Sunday, Newton was 15-for-25 passing for 174 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, while adding 54 yards and a touchdown rushing. But, he did fumble on the Patriots' final drive when they were in a prime position to kick a game-tying field goal or even win the game with a touchdown.
Newton said it's "unfortunate" that one play can change someone's view of the whole game.
“The optimistic thing about it is I felt more comfortable yesterday and building off things — working with Josh [McDaniels], working with Jedd [Fisch] and just going back and playing smart football," he said. "But just one play can just alter a person’s feel for the whole overall game. That’s unfortunate, but that’s what this game is. Nobody cares about how much work you put in throughout the week. They just care about the end of the week production. And that just almost gives any type of person who follows the game, from a fan to anybody else, to say, ‘Well, he hasn’t been doing enough because this happened.’ And that’s not necessarily the case.”
While the Patriots are 2-5, Newton believes the team is close to turning a corner and seems to believe good things are ahead.
“For us, the reality is our record is what it is. But the perception of certain things when you really look at it is, it’s not as bad as you want to make out to be," he said. "Like I said, one or two plays here or there. The ball hasn’t been rolling in our favor, but yet we have to create our own mojo, and I think we will. I know we will. Getting guys back from injury and just building off of what we have done up until this point. That is what we have to do here moving forward.
"[There’s] no need for us to sit up here and have this, ‘Woah, it’s me’ type of mentality. ‘Oh my god, if this person was here, oh my god this would never happen.’ Man listen, this is the 2020 Patriots and our specific thing that we’re going to write in history is going to be extremely different than any other team. And it’s going to be great.
"So for us to understand and believe that we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and a little bit more with a little focus and just putting in the proper work that is going to get us over the hump because we’re close.”