This isn't what Patriots fans are used to.
Sunday's loss to the Dolphins dropped New England to 6-8 on the season, officially ending the Pats' streak of 11 straight playoff appearances and 19 straight seasons with at least a .500 record.
Cam Newton has drawn a lot of criticism for his inability to do more with the offense, and he took to social media Monday afternoon to take accountability for his role in the team's struggles. Newton termed the season "unacceptable in more ways than one" with the team not living up to the franchise's normal standards.
Newton went on to say that the "locker room is filled with guys who want to be a part of the solution" -- including himself. Here's his Instagram post:
Newton only signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, so the question remains if he will be part of that solution in Foxboro next season or if his stay will turn into a one-and-done situation.
And now that the Patriots are just playing out the string in their last two games, another question is if Newton will even remain the team's starter. Bill Belichick, who has steadfastly maintained that Newton is the team's starter all season, seemed to open the door to a change to Jarrett Stidham Monday morning.