QB Cam Newton says he got himself into tough spots with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots


QB Cam Newton says he got himself into tough spots with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots

CHARLOTTE, NC — Cam Newton still believes he’s one of the top 32 quarterbacks in the NFL and that the current perception people have of him is because he was last involved in an “f –ed-up” situation has brought season.

“I signed on Thursday. I played on Sunday,” the 2015 NFL MVP said on The Pivot Podcast, which was hosted by ESPN’s Ryan Clark and former NFL players Channing Crowder and Fred Taylor. “At what point did you think you would be successful? I started the next week. That’s still less than 10 days that you’re on the team. And you’re still trying to learn the offense.

“So before I sit up here and allow Cam to no longer understand, Cam takes full responsibility and says Cam put himself in a damn situation that then had a rebound effect on people’s thinking [how they think of me].”

Newton, 33, is a free agent. He spent the last eight games with the Panthers last season after being signed in November when starter Sam Darnold was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Four days later, in a backup role, Newton scored on his first two games — a 2-yard run and a 2-yard pass — to help the Panthers to a surprise win in Arizona.

He started the next five games 0-5 with three touchdown passes and five interceptions. He also had four rushing touchdowns.

The Panthers did not re-sign him after the season, leaving the door open to a potential return to compete with Darnold, third-round pick Matt Corral and former XFL star PJ Walker.

Newton, the Panthers’ first pick of the 2011 draft, believes he can help any team that gives him a chance. He repeatedly said on the podcast, “There are no 32 guys better than me.”

“If you think I can’t be on someone’s team right now, you’re a bloody idiot,” Newton said.

Newton said what the 33-year-old version of him needs is a team with a good supporting cast and time to learn the system. .

“If you ask to put this show on without your supporting cast keeping their end of the bargain, you’re always left alone,” Newton said.

Newton recalled that he didn’t have that with the Panthers in 2021 and never had a chance to fully learn the New England offense in 2020 after signing in late June this year.

“The New England experience was a damn situation,” Newton said. “Seven to eight weeks into the season, I was still learning offense,” he said.

Newton won his first start for the Patriots but finished 7-8 and had just eight touchdown passes but 10 interceptions. He re-signed after the season but was released at the end of training camp when New England decided to pick Mac Jones from the first round.

“It was just brain overload,” Newton said of his 2020 season. “There were times when I went to the line and I’m still thinking. …did I know? Yes. To the extent that I needed to know to show the world I’m still Cam Newton? no

“But I put myself in this situation.”

Newton compared his touchdown celebrations to Superman when he first came into the league, but he doesn’t do that anymore.

“I have so many children [five] Now, if I’m not Superman to them, I’ll be damned if I let the world call me Superman,” he said.

Newton also stated that he never intended to disparage or defame women while appearing on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast in April.

On the podcast, Newton spoke about women who “can’t cook” and “don’t know when to be quiet.”

“Now a woman takes care of her own for me, but knows how to cater to a man’s needs. Right?” Newton said in April. “And I often think when you get that aesthetic of ‘I’. I’m a boss b—–, I’m this, I’m that.’

“No baby! But you can’t cook. You don’t know when to be quiet.

Newton recalled growing up in a household with “two strong women,” his mother and grandmother, and a strong father.

“What I should have added was that as a strong man, you have to listen to your partner, too,” Newton said. “I didn’t point that out at the time. . . . I am saying as strong men, we must appreciate this powerful force in our lives.”

When asked if he was ready to retire from football, Newton said: “I honestly was prepared for it the first time the Panthers cut me.”

That came in 2020 after Matt Rhule was hired to replace coach Ron Rivera.

But almost in the same breath, Newton continued the narrative that he’s still one of the NFL’s top 32 quarterbacks and still has a desire to prove himself. He also said that any team that gets him has to deal with everything that comes with his sometimes larger-than-life personality.

“Because they know that once you bring a Cam Newton into your organization, it will be a mantra to itself… ‘Put in Cam! Use Cam!’” Newton said. “But you can never find a coach, you can never find a player, you can never find a person in the office to say Cam is cancer.

“Shall I apologize now that my influence is as great as it is? Absolutely not.”

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