Cam Newton watched the end of the 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on the bench and fears the New England Patriots might make the change permanent.
Newton completed 9 of 15 passes for 98 yards with three interceptions before head coach Bill Belichick turned the offense over to second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
"For any type of competitor, do you feel embarrassed? Yeah," Newton said Monday on the Greg Hill Show, which airs on WEEI FM in Boston. "The first thing I said to myself coming home was, 'You keep playing games like that, bro, and it's going to be a permanent change.'"
Belichick said Newton is still the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart after Sunday's defeat.
"Yeah. Absolutely," Belichick said. "Just wanted to give Stid a little experience."
Newton's passer rating was 39.7 and the Patriots are 2-4 after six games for the first time since 2000.
The losing streak has placed added scrutiny on Newton, who is in his first season with the Patriots after being released by the Carolina Panthers. Newton said his performance since testing positive for COVID-19 has not been up to his own standards.
Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia said he's dismayed Newton is still wearing attention-grabbing outfits to and from games despite the downturn.
"You know what's crazy. I agree with him -- it's fair to say," Newton said. "I know I come off to so many different people in so many different ways. He's exactly right, but I'm not changing the way I dress."
The Patriots are third in the AFC East standings but face the Bills in Buffalo on Sunday before a date with the winless New York Jets in Week 9.
--Field Level Media