Cam Newton thought he jeopardized the Patriots’ chances of beating the Cardinals on Sunday.
Moments after Nick Folk made a 50-yard field goal as time expired to give the Patriots a 20-17 win, an apologetic Newton was caught by Fox cameras saying, “I’m sorry, man,” to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
In an interview on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Monday, Newton confirmed the exchange and the original disappointment he had in himself.
“It was just a culmination of everything,” Newton said. “And you don’t know when the camera’s on you. You don’t know when somebody’s shining a light. When you play in the National Football League, you play a professional sport where the camera is always on you.
“It was just a dialogue between me and Josh, man. Everybody was happy, as was I, and I just knew I jeopardized the team in a way. And nobody — especially not one of the leaders on the team — wants to have that happen.”
Newton apologized after completing just 9 of 18 passes for a career-low 84 yards and two interceptions, resulting in a career-low 23.4 passer rating. Now that a day has passed, Newton will not apologize anymore.
“You’re talking to a person who is not oblivious to the way that I played yesterday; it’s unacceptable,” Newton said. “But at the same time, I am not going to sit up here and be sorry, sorry, sorry — apologize, apologize, apologize.
“I said what I had to say and it’s time to move forward. I’m not about to apologize for a great team win, and I think that is what’s most important.
“At the end of the game, was I in my feelings? Absolutely. Just like any other competitor would be, knowing what was done and how it was done. But yet, we won and that makes everything OK.”
While Newton wasn’t spectacular, he helped put the Patriots in position to win.
With 56 seconds left and the game tied at 17, he rushed 14 yards for a first down on third and 13 from the Patriots’ 32-yard line. In addition to the run, Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons was flagged for unnecessary roughness when he hit Newton as he was running out of bounds, giving the Patriots 15 more yards and placing them at the Cardinals’ 39-yard line.
Newton was knocked hard to the turf and appeared shaken up. He said Monday he “was going to flop anyway,” if they didn’t call the penalty.
“The fact that he hit me as hard as he did, that was kind of surprising,” Newton said. “But it is what it is. It was a great hit, I paid for it, and it is what it was.”
After moving the Patriots 7 yards closer, Newton got his money’s worth for the hit. With Folk’s game-winning field goal, the Patriots moved to 5-6, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
The Patriots have lost with a chance to tie or take the lead late in four games this season. That considered, Newton was OK with Sunday’s result.
“I don’t care how we won, and I would take a win in most cases this year rather than having the 300 and 400 yards passing,” Newton said. “In my opinion, did I do enough to win in those games? Who cares? I am not going to go back and turn the page, and what transpired yesterday was just a result of a great team win that I am not going to feel sorry for.”