This isn't what Cam Newton signed up for.
Many expected the New England Patriots to hit a few rough patches in the post-Tom Brady era, but few predicted they'd be 2-5 through seven games, especially with Newton at quarterback.
Part of the Patriots' historically poor start falls on Newton, who played two of his worst games as a pro in Weeks 6 and 7 and committed a costly turnover in the final seconds of New England's Week 8 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Newton has taken responsibility for his subpar play, and his focus remains on one goal ahead of Monday night's matchup with the 0-8 New York Jets.
"Listen: I just want to win. That’s it. Nothing else matters," Newton told reporters Friday when asked about his favorite Monday night memories. "October wasn’t good to me, and we have to make sure November doesn’t feel like October. Monday night is good, but we have. To. Win."
Newton had a decent September, though, guiding the Patriots to a 2-1 start while tallying six total touchdowns (two passing, four rushing).
New England hasn't been able to replicate that success since, but the 31-year-old believes in the potential of his offense.
"As an offense, I think we’re extremely close," Newton added. "If we just keep stacking bricks on top of bricks on top of bricks, then hopefully we can put a full 60 minutes together this weekend.
"... In the situation that we’re in right now, we could very well be 5-2. But the reality of it is we’re 2-5. And we don’t expect our confidence to be shot because of that, because we know we are a better football team than what the record shows."