“I just haven’t been good,” Newton said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I haven’t matched enough good plays together for my liking. That’s what it comes down to. When I mean ‘good plays,’ I mean right reads, I mean ball positioning, I mean making guys miss. The whole gamut of how I play.
“I know what I’m capable of. My standard is extremely high and I haven’t been meeting it. My personal standard. That’s how I feel.”
“Our excuse basket is running real low,” Newton said, via NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry. “We’ve got enough to compete with anybody. And I mean anybody.”