I'll be the first to admit the odds were not in his favor (signed in July, no preseason, awful supporting cast, caught the Rona, fugly new uniforms, questionable play-calling, etc.) but it's safe to say the Cam Newton experiment has not worked out for the New England Patriots.
In 14 starts, Cam is 6-8 and has failed to reach 100 yards passing four times; this is in the high-flying, all the rules favor the offense, 18 QB have over 3,000 yards NFL. During the Tebowmania craze of 2011 when many sports analysts and nobodies on twitter were incorrectly calling Tim Tebow the worst QB of all time, he only failed to reach 100 yards passing twice.
Cam's only thrown five touchdowns this season; the same number as recently released, Dwayne Haskins and he did so in half the games. Even Joe Flacco has thrown six!
Last night the Pats lost to the Bills 38-9 on Monday Night Football to officially clinch their first losing season since 2000. Despite praising J.J. Watt for his work ethic in a blog posted hours before kickoff, I do not get paid to watch games (yet) and had to turn away early.
Before I called it quits on MNF to watch Music and Lyrics on HBO Max for the 3rd time in two weeks, I too saw the graphic that got twitter buzzing last night.
There's a million angles here. You could make a hacky wake and bake joke. You could point out the unlikelihood of Cam going from alarm going off to leaving the house in 10 minutes flat. How can he plan his outfits in that short of time? You could bring attention to fact that waiting 3 hours and 40 minutes to drink your first coffee of the day is as inefficient as his passing numbers. All would play and all are valid.
I'm not going to stress myself out trying to punch my keyboard in a combination that will generate the most laughs and just point out the most obvious issue of all time: Cam Newton is getting less than five hours of sleep a night. I'm not the late William C. Dement, who according to wikipedia is the father of sleep medicine, but maybe that's why Cam's been such a disappointment this season? He's exhausted! No wonder why he was so cranky in the postgame presser.
Who can blame him getting less than 35 hours of a sleep a week?
For years the idea of the guy who was the first to show up and the last to leave have been praised as a high level of dedication. There has been this false narrative that the only way to be a winning coach or player is to essentially live at the facility. The less you knew about your wife and kids the better in the eyes of NFL. Maybe this works for some guys, but not everybody. Do you really need to study film 17 hours a day? Work smarter, not harder ever heard of it? I don't care how much coffee or adderall someone is taking; how effective can you really be on 4 hours of sleep every night?
It's same thing with not allowing water breaks in the heat of training camp and not wearing gloves/long sleeves in the snow. Tom Landry didn't let his receivers wear gloves for the Ice Bowl because it would be "soft". It was so cold that Bob Hayes had his hands in his pants on all run plays. Nothing says soft like being able to feel your hands that are essential for doing your job.
Yeah, Vince Lombardi had a legendary work ethic and was incredibly before his time with his acceptance of black and gay players. Those are traits that should be admired and certainly lead to his success, but he also refused certain medical treatment in the years leading up to his death from cancer that may have saved his life or at least prolonged it because he didn't want a scope shoved up his lightly lubricated ass. My point is this; trying to be a tough guy in football or any walk of life with "look how early I get up before work" isn't cool and should not be praised. Do people brag that they only charge their cell-phone up to 35% or put eight gallons in their tank too?
I saw Bill throw his phone too before watching Music and Lyrics.