New England Patriots: Praising Cam Newton’s professional attitude

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 16: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 16: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton‘s recent comments are just what their fans should want to hear as he demonstrates his top professionalism prior to the 2021 season.

Mike Reiss of ESPN reports on Newton’s recent comments,

"Acknowledging that actions will speak louder than his words, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton said Thursday that he views the 2021 season as “put up or shut up” time."

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear, this space has been a Cam supporter since before he came aboard the red, white, blue, and silver train.

But seeing his uber-professional comments, well, you’ve just gotta love this guy!

It’s been spelled out in great detail in this space that Newton got a raw deal from media commentators and fans both locally and nationally.

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The guy signed on late, had to acclimate to a new team and system, and had virtually no help on his offense. It was Cam or no one. That was a “great” situation to face.

And oh, by the way, he just happened to contract the coronavirus that many observers conveniently and almost unbelievably diminish in importance.

Yet, with all those obstacles he still nearly got a terrible Patriots team to the playoffs. He did this almost by himself and against all odds.

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So after all that blather he had to hear about his performance in 2020, the guy now steps up and once again puts all the onus on himself to “put up or shut up”.

As was noted here previously, this guy never laid a glove on any of his many incompetent teammates as the Patriots lost nine games last year. He took the heat.

If a New England Patriots fan can’t admire that, they should be rooting for some other team. That’s the epitome of a Leader (capital “L” intended).

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From Day One Newton was a leader and was amazingly elected a Captain almost right out of the gate. That speaks volumes about “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”.  (Veteran fans may remember the song.)

In that same ESPN article, Newton also made it clear that it’s only results that matter in the final analysis. This player is a true professional folks, through and through.

With the new infusion of talent, including in his own backup should he be injured, such an attitude, if it permeates throughout the team, could work wonders.

The 2021 version of the New England Patriots will likely have little resemblance to the moribund 2020 version.

It’s been noted herein before, the Patriots have gone all-in (with the possible exception of a top wide receiver and maybe a backup offensive tackle) to remedy their deficiencies in 2020.

They splashed the cash in free agency. They also ostensibly drafted well (on paper at least, and that’s a good indicator!). And they seemingly will return with an attitude.

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That’s also a very, very good thing. When you have top professionals around like Newton, Dont’a Hightower, and former Patriots Kyle Van Noy and Ted Karras truly motivated, look out AFC East.

In addition, new players like Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, and Matt Judon (big things expected from him here) present bright prospects.

All of this should presage good things for the New England Patriots in 2021. And, it all starts with Cam Newton, the Leader, who is already setting the stage for success.