By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Cam Newton is aware of firsthand that notion doesn’t all the time equal actuality. As considerably of a lightning rod for debate, Newton has needed to take care of criticism — honest and in any other case — for his complete profession.
Nonetheless, in a second of honesty this summer season, Newton admitted that he briefly fell sufferer to believing within the hype and the narrative about his new boss.
“I received a name and my agent hit me. I used to be understanding, and he was like, ‘Hey man, we simply received curiosity from a workforce.’ And I’m like OK cool, who? And he was like, ‘New England.’ I mentioned … maintain on — how is me and Belchick gonna mesh?” Newton mentioned in a roundtable dialogue with Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and Todd Gurley in July.
Clearly, regardless of the primary response, Newton didn’t hesitate to signal with the Patriots, the place he’s now within the driver’s seat to win the beginning quarterback job.
Now that he’s had a while to get to know Belichick, Newton mentioned he’s been reminded to not all the time consider in public notion.
“Hear. Hear. There’s loads of issues that I’ll simply say that there’s a notion,” a smiling Newton mentioned. “However on the finish of the day, it’s soccer. I’ve beloved it ever since I’ve been right here. I’ve been right here occurring every week now. You already know … simply … you hear rumors about sure issues however when you lastly get settled in on sure issues like that, none of that actually issues. It’s simply all about discovering a option to show your price on the workforce.”
Newton has discovered himself in a really Cam Newton-esque state of affairs this week, as he confronted criticism primarily based on outdoors notion when former teammate Kyle Love questioned whether or not the quarterback would have the ability to deal with a few of the powerful teaching that accompanies a taking part in profession in Foxboro.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels mentioned Friday that the onus to catch new gamers up to the mark falls on the teaching employees. McDaniels added that Newton’s been open and sincere concerning the course of within the early going.
“Realizing him how I do now — and once more that’s to not say we’ve had a protracted relationship — I feel he’s a very good communicator. He tells you when he feels comfy with one thing and he tells you when he doesn’t,” McDaniels mentioned of his new QB. “I feel at the start of any relationship, I feel that’s a very good place to start out. [Saying], ‘Hey I’m going to be making an attempt to maneuver at a tempo that fits you, and also you simply be sincere and inform me what I must do higher when it comes to making an attempt to speak it to you.’ So I feel he’s carried out a very good job of that. I’ve talked to some folks which have been with him previously, and, he’s a really coachable man. This man desires to work and he’s labored actually arduous since we signed him. He’s making an attempt to achieve on daily basis, which is absolutely all we are able to ask of him. And once more, I feel the method of studying the best way to talk — and actually on the finish of the day, coach and inspire every participant — that comes with extra expertise and publicity to him on the sphere, him dealing with adversity, what occurs after we make errors, after we right ’em, et cetera. And people alternatives I feel we’re all wanting ahead to going by way of them collectively, and that’s the way you construct a very good relationship.”
Individuals taking pictures at Newton is nothing new, in fact, however the quarterback made clear that he cares not to answer anybody who does so with out placing their title to the remark.
“I don’t communicate to nameless folks. I communicate to actual folks,” Newton replied when requested about an nameless coach who mentioned Newton might not be Superman. “So if it’s not going by an actual title, then there’s no want to provide a solution. I’m gonna offer you an nameless reply. It’s irrelevant.”
Irrelevant? Maybe. However because the earlier quarterback in New England might definitely attest, the criticisms solely multiply if you name Gillette Stadium residence. Throughout his week within the facility, Cam has already gotten a crash course in how notion differs from actuality, and that’s one thing that’s positive to proceed because the weeks and months put on on.