Skip to main content
Larry Brown Sports Tagline. Brown Bag it, Baby.
#pounditFriday, January 28, 2022

Cam Newton

Cam Newton wore quite the large hat in his postgame outfit

Cam Newton hat

Cam Newton is known for his postgame outfits, and his clothes after Week 10 were no exception.

Newton went 13/17 for 118 yards and a touchdown pass in the New England Patriots’ 23-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Newton also rushed for a score.

After the game, Newton was seen wearing a big hat in his postgame press conference.

Newton is quite often mocked for the outfits he wears to and from games. He also has faced criticism for spending time on his wardrobe while losing.

This time he got a victory and played pretty well, which makes the outfits easier for fans to swallow. Despite their rough season, New England is actually now 4-5.

5 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 8

Lamar Jackson

Week 8 is finished, meaning we’re just about halfway through the NFL season. Some teams are beginning to realize that their championship dreams aren’t going to be coming true this year. Others can look forward to the second half of the season with optimism if their teams are sitting well-positioned for a possible playoff run.

Amid all that, some players and units just aren’t performing the way they need to. Here are five big ones that disappointed in Week 8.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

Jackson wanted to step up and do better in big games this year. This was not a performance to back up the rhetoric. Jackson completed just half of his passes, throwing two poor interceptions as the Steelers held the star quarterback in check for most of the afternoon and won 28-24. As gifted as Jackson is, the fact that the Ravens seemed to actively avoid the pass in the second half is an indictment of where they’re at right now.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns

Every time the Browns appear to turn a corner, something like Sunday’s game seems to happen. The Browns were held to six points against a lackluster Raiders team, with Mayfield again looking like his worst self again. He completed just 12 passes for only 122 yards, lacking weapons and accuracy. He had five touchdowns last week and none this week. Mayfield needs to be more consistent if the Browns are going to get where they want to be. Odell Beckham’s absence didn’t help, but this was ugly.

Los Angeles Chargers

Serious questions must be asked of any team that holds a lead of at least two touchdowns in four straight games and fails to win any of them. That’s where the Chargers are at, challenging the Falcons for the title of who can blow more big leads in a season. This week, the Chargers gave up 31 points to the Broncos, who aren’t known for having one of the league’s best offenses. The Chargers have to be wondering what on earth is going on here, but the fact of the matter is, their season is going down the drain quickly.

Cam Newton, QB, Patriots

Even when Newton plays fairly well these days, something seems to go brutally wrong for him. His passing numbers were still underwhelming — he threw for just 174 yards — but he did add 54 rushing yards and a touchdown. Ultimately, though, this performance will be remembered for this backbreaking fumble in the final minutes that cost the Patriots a shot at a game-tying field goal. It was an absolutely brutal play that won’t have helped his chances of hanging onto the starting job.

Green Bay Packers’ run defense

Dalvin Cook is a quality back, but the Packers were absolutely gashed here. Cook ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns as the Vikings repeatedly got what they wanted on the ground. That was just about Minnesota’s entire offense, with 11 of their 20 first downs coming on the ground. The Packers played fine otherwise — the offense was effective, and the Minnesota passing game was limited. That should have been enough, but it wasn’t.

Bonus: Cowboys-Eagles game

Yes, fans went into “Sunday Night Football” expecting a bad game between Philly and Dallas. That’s exactly what we got. The Cowboys and Eagles took us back about 30 years in terms of passing offenses. Ben DiNucci made his first career start and passed for 180 yards, lost two fumbles, and led no touchdown drives. Carson Wentz wasn’t a whole lot better on the other side, as he turned the ball over four times and is trying to do too much. That was nowhere near the quality of play fans have come to expect from an Eagles-Cowboys clash.

Bill Belichick says Cam Newton will remain Patriots QB

Cam Newton hat

At least for the moment, Bill Belichick is sticking with Cam Newton despite the quarterback’s continued struggles.

The New England Patriots lost their fourth game in a row on Sunday to the division rival Buffalo Bills. The loss left the Patriots 3.5 games behind the Bills, and their AFC East hopes are in serious danger. Newton once again played a key role in the defeat, committing this massive turnover in the game’s final minute. The veteran quarterback went 15/25 for just 174 yards, though he did run for 54 yards and score a touchdown.

In spite of Newton’s struggles, Belichick said after the game that there are no plans for a quarterback change.

“Cam’s our quarterback. That’s the way it’s been all year,” Belichick said, via Michael Giardi of NFL Network.

Speculation about Newton’s job security has grown in recent weeks. Committing a costly turnover in that spot doesn’t seem like it would help matters, and Belichick may revisit this later in the week.

Cam Newton fumbles game away for Patriots

Cam Newton

Cam Newton had a chance to redeem himself on Sunday coming off consecutive poor performances, but the New England Patriots quarterback failed to deliver when it mattered most.

Newton and the Patriots strung together a solid drive late in the fourth quarter while trailing the Buffalo Bills 24-21. New England marched down the field and appeared to be well positioned for, at worst, a game-tying field goal. Then Newton fumbled.

Here’s the play in full speed:

Newton actually played fairly well to that point, especially considering the supporting cast he had with Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry injured. However, the fumble is all people are going to remember, and deservedly so.

Newton’s fumble wasn’t simply bad luck. He had a long run earlier in the drive, and he was carelessly carrying the ball and was fortunate not to fumble then. He needs to do a better job of focusing on ball security in a situation like that. A game-winning touchdown would have been nice, but the Patriots needed to make sure they at least had a shot at the field goal to tie.

While he completed just 15-of-25 passes for 174 yards, Newton avoided throwing an interception for the first time since Week 1. He also rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown and kept the Patriots in the game. Leading a game-winning or game-tying drive could have gone a long way toward building confidence for him and the entire team, which is why the fumble was so devastating.

Newton was benched in last week’s blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers after a horrendous first half. There have been rumblings that it could happen again and be permanent, and Bill Belichick can’t be pleased with his costly turnover.

Report: Cam Newton’s starting job with Patriots not safe

Cam Newton

Cam Newton was benched after an abysmal first half in the New England Patriots’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week, and it is not out of the question that it will happen again on Sunday.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Patriots could bench Newton during Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills if he continues with his recent trend of making mistakes. While Newton isn’t exactly down to his final strike, Glazer says the Patriots are “concerned about the number of errors he has had the last two weeks.”

“They understand because of COVID and he’s been out, they get it,” Glazer said. “But he needs to pull it together much faster if he wants to stay in there.”

The weather in Buffalo is going to be windy and rainy, and New England is without Julian Edelman this week because of a knee injury. That will make it even tougher on Newton, but he has played so poorly over the past two games that people are wondering if his shoulder could be injured.

Newton hasn’t had much to work with in terms of offensive weapons this season. Bill Belichick knows that, and the coach alluded to it when explaining why Newton has remained New England’s starter. That doesn’t mean Newton’s job is totally secure.

Cam Newton shares what he has learned about Patriots’ expectations

Cam Newton

Cam Newton has had a very shaky start to his first season as New England Patriots quarterback. If nothing else, though, it’s taught him just how high expectations are.

Newton admitted Thursday that the recent defeats the Patriots have suffered has been a learning experience about how unacceptable those losses are. That’s not just to the team, either.

“Losing is not acceptable in this locker room, in this county, in this state, in this area, in this region,” Newton said, via Michael Giardi of NFL Network. “Cameron Newton, you need to pick your expletive up.”

More or less. Patriots fans are used to winning consistently with Tom Brady. This season, they’re 2-4, and a loss to the Bills would hurt their already endangered chances of winning the AFC East even more.

Not helping matters is the fact that Newton himself hasn’t played very well. He has just two passing touchdowns to seven interceptions. Bill Belichick is sticking with him for now, but that could certainly change if things don’t improve.

Cam Newton is now a member of the Patriots! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Cam Newton Patriots shirt. You can buy it here.

Bill Belichick explains why Cam Newton will remain starting QB

Cam Newton

Cam Newton was benched in the second half of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers after struggling once again, but that does not mean he is losing his job to Jarrett Stidham. Bill Belichick made it clear after the 33-6 loss that Newton is still the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback, and the coach reiterated it on Monday.

Belichick said Sunday that Newton will “absolutely” remain the starting QB heading into Week 8. During his Monday appearance on WEEI, he praised Newton for being the best player on the roster at his position and said there “other problems offensively.”

Newton completed 9-of-15 passes for 98 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the 33-6 loss. He also threw two picks against the Denver Broncos last week, giving him five interceptions and no touchdowns over his past two games. The Patriots are reportedly looking to make a significant move before the trade deadline, but Newton needs to play much better.

Neither Stidham nor Brian Hoyer have shown anything in their opportunities, so that is likely a factor in Belichick’s decision to stick with Newton. However, the former MVP has played so poorly that he has had to address questions about whether or not he is injured. There’s only so much longer Belichick can let that continue.

Cam Newton is now a member of the Patriots! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Cam Newton Patriots shirt. You can buy it here.

Cam Newton responds to Jeff Garcia’s criticism of his wardrobe

Cam Newton has always been known for his zany sense of fashion, and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia unloaded on the New England Patriots star on Sunday for dressing flamboyantly even with how poorly he has been playing. You may be surprised to hear what Newton thought of the remarks.

Garcia, who works for NBC Sports Bay Area, said after New England’s 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday that Newton should be doing everything he can to draw less attention to himself. He jokingly suggested that Newton should ask the equipment managers to “put me in your jock sock cart and sneak me in the back door.”

“This just goes back to a couple of years of watching this guy and seeing him at the podium, but what he’s doing on the field does not translate to being that guy,” Garcia said.

Garcia was bashed for the take on social media, with many noting that Newton’s play has nothing to do with how he dresses. Newton, however, felt the criticism was “fair.” He said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Monday that he agrees with Garcia. Although, Newton is not planning to make any style changes.

Newton wore one of his loudest suits for his Patriots debut this season, and that led to some hilarious memes. However, very few people get as worked up about it as Garcia did. If Newton truly agreed with the former Pro Bowler, he would change the way he dresses. We don’t blame him for sticking with it.

Cam Newton is now a member of the Patriots! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Cam Newton Patriots shirt. You can buy it here.

Cam Newton addresses questions about his shoulder

Cam Newton

Cam Newton has played so poorly over the past two games that people are starting to wonder if he may be dealing with an injury, but the New England Patriots quarterback insists that is not the case.

Following Sunday’s blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Newton was asked about his throwing mechanics and how his right shoulder feels. The former MVP said his energy level has been an issue but not his health.

Newton appeared to short-arm several throws on Sunday, and many people felt he was throwing the ball similarly to when he battled shoulder issues with the Carolina Panthers. Newton has had two surgeries on his right shoulder, though he was said to be 100 percent healthy when the Patriots signed him.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Sunday that Newton is “absolutely” the starter going forward despite being benched for Jarrett Stidham against the Niners.

Newton completed 9-of-15 passes for 98 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions in the 33-6 loss. He also threw two picks against the Denver Broncos last week, giving him five interceptions and no touchdowns over his past two games. The Patriots are reportedly looking to make a significant move before the trade deadline, but Newton needs to play much better to keep his job.

Cam Newton is now a member of the Patriots! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Cam Newton Patriots shirt. You can buy it here.

5 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 7

Cam Newton

We’re getting close to the halfway point of the NFL season, which means the playoff races will really be heating up soon. That means the stakes are getting higher, and the pressure is rising as well.

Plenty of NFL stars are succeeding in responding to that pressure. Some, however, aren’t doing quite as well. Here are five players who disappointed in Week 7.

Cam Newton, QB, Patriots

The predictions about Newton having a rebound season and getting back to his MVP form look about as off the mark as some of his passes do these days. Newton went 9/15 for 98 yards and three interceptions in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. He didn’t have his peak strength or accuracy, and things got bad enough that he was benched once the game became a blowout. Newton’s play is a real concern for New England at this point, and one has to wonder if the Pats are considering a switch with Jarrett Stidham waiting in the wings.

Stephen Gostkowski, K, Titans

The Titans have stuck by Gostkowski so far, even though they’d have been entirely justified in moving on based on his stats. Now he’s cost them a game. He missed a 45-yard field goal at the end of regulation against the Steelers that would have forced overtime. Even Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t believe it. The veteran has now missed six field goals and two extra points, and doesn’t look reliable right now. The Titans are 5-1 and look well-positioned for a playoff run. They will want to get a better kicker first, though.

Jon Bostic, LB, Washington

Bostic produced the worst moment of the day with this hit on Andy Dalton that knocked the Dallas Cowboys quarterback out of the game. It was so bad, in fact, that Washington coach Ron Rivera apologized and publicly chastised Bostic for his lack of control. Rivera is right. Bostic is a veteran who needs to be better than that. It was a low hit that looked like head-hunting, and a suspension would be fully deserved.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys

Elliott continues to look fairly lost in the Dallas backfield with or without Dak Prescott. He was held to 45 yards on 12 carries Sunday against Washington, keeping a worrying trend going. It’s the second consecutive game Elliott has been held under 50 yards, and the third time in five weeks. He has yet to go for 100 yards this season. Some of that is due to game script, but Elliott is also dealing with fumbling problems, and has at times looked uncertain running out of the backfield. The Cowboys need him more than ever with Prescott and possibly Dalton out, but he’s not giving them much.

Todd Gurley, RB, Falcons

Gurley will be having nightmares about scoring a touchdown, strange as that is to say. While he tried to avoid crossing the plane, Gurley accidentally scored late to put Atlanta ahead 22-16 against Detroit. The problem? Doing so left the Lions over a minute to go downfield and score a game-winning touchdown themselves. We always praise running backs who are mentally sharp enough to take a knee short of the end zone in order to burn more clock in a spot like this. Gurley didn’t do that, and his team ultimately paid the price. Crazily, this was the second time this happened over the weekend.