One of the storylines immediately following Cam Newton signing with the Patriots was how would he work with Bill Belichick, especially when it comes to taking criticism.
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Monday, Newton was asked about that, but it turned into the quarterback explaining how even though he's in his 10th year in the league, he still finds himself needing to explain the type of person that he is.
“I have been laughing a lot in my whole career by the analysis of who Cam Newton really is. And that’s just the honest truth," he said. "The fact that here I am in Year 10 still having to explain the person and the player that I am, it’s just at some times disrespectful. We don’t question certain quarterbacks. We don’t have to question Russell Wilson, we don’t have to question the Tom Bradys, and I hate to name drop, but it’s just gotten to that point. Obviously me being the new face and obviously people are trying to find and dig into certain things, they don’t necessarily know that I am the ultimate professional. I have never not once jeopardized my team in no way as a distraction per se off the field.
“I come to work each and every day and I try and give whatever team the best opportunity to win for them, my teammates, the people in the front office, the coaches, put them at ease knowing that their quarterback is going to put them in the best position to win.
“Yet through it all, it’s not for me to go down each and every Instagram comment, it’s not for me to go down each and every interview that’s ever had the discussion topic of Cam Newton, or Twitter. … Yet through it all, at the end of the day, I have to stay true to who I am and make the biggest impact that know I can make on the things I can control.”
Newton and the Patriots are off to a 2-1 start to the season following their 36-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.