Newton is unhappy with his performance and apologizes for Joe Brady’s situation
CHARLOTTE, NC – Quarterback Cam Newton took some of the blame for the Carolina Panthers firing offensive coordinator Joe Brady after a dismal performance against the Miami Dolphins before bye week.
“I think I had something to do with it?” Newton agreed Thursday as he prepares to face the Atlanta Falcons. “Absolutely, yes. Because the truth is that you don’t lose your job when you are successful.”
“Where I am now is about doing what I can to make sure I have a job too. Let’s be honest.”
Cam NewtonThe 32-year-old had a career-worst 5.8 passer rating in a 33-10 loss at Miami on Nov. 28. He completed 5 of 21 pass attempts for 92 yards with two interceptions and no touchdown passes.
A week later, coach Matt Rhule fired Brady and replaced him with the senior offensive assistant and running back coach, Jeff Nixon, who this week joins Byron Leftwich of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as one of only two African-American offensive coordinators in the NFL.
Newton was so disappointed in his latest performance and his 0-2 starter on his return to Carolina (5-7) that he had little to say about the importance of Nixon’s opportunity.
“It’s a great story, to feel good,” he limited himself Newton. “But once again, it’s the NFL. This is a production-based league. I don’t know if anything more needs to be said. Am I excited for the opportunity? [que tiene Nixon]? Yes. Obviously, you had Joe, who was here before. “
Offensive problems Carolina They started long before Newton returned last month to the team that made him the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft.
The Panthers had gone three straight games without scoring a touchdown with Sam Darnold at quarterback and had scored just seven times in the first nine games.
The change of coordinators had to do with that, the inability to Brady to make adjustments after halftime and his reluctance to commit to the running game.
Carolina ranks 31st in scoring in the third quarter, averaging 2.1 points. It ranks 29th or worse in nine other key third-quarter categories.
The Panthers have hit the 30-33 runs per game mark that Rhule publicly said he wanted a little more of. Both times they reached that mark they won, including a 19-13 victory at Atlanta when they rushed for 203 yards on 47 attempts.
Baylor averaged 36 runs per game in 2019 when Nixon was Rhule’s offensive coordinator.
“He feels comfortable that we can be on the same page about how he wants the game to play out,” Nixon said of Rhule and why the coach hired him.
Nixon understands the importance of him being one of only two African-American coordinators in the league. However, his focus is on Sunday and not on how his performance in the past five weeks could affect his future or the future of other African-American coordinator candidates.
“I’m not going to lie,” Nixon pointed out. “I am proud to be in the position I am in. I am extremely happy that Coach Rhule has given me this opportunity. I will try to make the most of it.”
“I know that in the past there have not been many people who look like me in this position, so I do not take it lightly. I will do my best and try to represent others like me to the best of my ability.” .
Newton also fights for his future. His contract, a fully guaranteed $ 4.5 million and a $ 1.5 million roster bonus, expires after this season.
His goal is to help the Panthers remain viable in their pursuit of the NFC playoffs. They are among 10 teams with four to six wins battling for a wild-card spot in the NFC.
Newton said the feel-good part of his return to the Panthers after a season with the New England Patriots is over.
“I’m here to win,” said Newton, who lost his last 10 games as a starter with the Panthers in the 2018-19 seasons. “When we win, everyone else gets promotions; when we don’t, people lose their jobs.”