The New England Patriots have quickly fallen out of the playoff picture in the 2020 season. Cam Newton has been at the front of those issues behind his struggles to guide the offense forward. In light of that, Newton may have finally found the motivation he needs from head coach Bill Belichick to push through this year.
Patriots stumble into unfamiliar territory
The New England Patriots entered the 2020 season well aware of the notable change of trajectory with the franchise.
Things had begun at a promising pace through the first couple of weeks with Cam Newton under center. However, that has since seen the year quickly head south after three straight losses.
Newton has struggled to get a stable grasp of his performance, contributing significantly to the Patriots’ offensive shortcomings. The three-time Pro Bowler has thrown five interceptions in the last three games, including less than 200 passing yards in each contest.
The 31-year-old’s play has remained underwhelming, but the Patriots have continued to stay behind him as their starting quarterback. With Newton trying to break through his porous trend, he may have found the motivation he needed from Bill Belichick.
Cam Newton draws inspiration from Bill Belichick
Throughout the 2020 season struggles, Cam Newton has remained confident in his ability to bounce back.
The process has seen many more valleys than peaks, leading Newton to look for other sources of motivation. He may have just found that with Bill Belichick as he voiced to the media that seeing his head coach work behind the scenes has pushed him harder to get the most of out himself. (H/T WEEI)
“When I see that, I look at it like ‘I need to be doing something too. I need to be working on my mechanics,” Newton said. “I need to be working on my fundamentals. I need to be working on my strength. I need to be working on just the small things.’ Seeing that day in and day out. Early in the morning.
“Late at night. It just gives you a boost of understanding to say, ‘I always have to be working.’ He’s the head of the ship. For me to see that from him, it starts from top down.”
Belichick isn’t a coach of many words, which his work ethic and dedication to his craft speak for him. Over the last two decades, he has set the standard in New England. Newton sees that daily at the training facility with how he approaches the job.
The onus is on him to match that intensity to help finally guide the team forward this season.
Patriots must bounce back against the Jets
The Patriots have had no shortage of challenges this season, from injuries to COVID-19 heavily impacting the roster, but there remains an opportunity to push forward.
Cam Newton has the chance to breakthrough in the Week 9 matchup against the New York Jets. The Patriots will be facing a winless Jets team that is more than likely barrelling toward finishing with the worst record in the league this season.
New York has struggled mightily defensively, currently ranked sixth-worst allowing 29.8 points per contest, fourth-worst against the pass, and hold the 26th overall defense. All that sets up a chance for Newton to put forth a much-needed bounce-back performance.
If the Patriots are unable to secure a convincing performance on Monday night, the concerns around the franchise should ramp up another notch.