The washed-up ex-Panthers star Cam Newton is heading to much colder weather in New England to redeem himself. Atlanta Falcons fans are either really happy or really angry with the new Newton-Patriots contract.
After a long wait, Newton agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Patriots worth as much as $7.5 million with incentives on Sunday, according to an ESPN report.
Falcons fans reacted to the signing across Twitter.
Falcons Fans Can Root for Newton?
Now that Newton is out of the NFC South, some fans seem happy and think they cheer for Newton.
I said 3 months ago… Cam Newton's YouTube videos looks Fierce. Dude's got something to prove I'm happy for our local hometown guy and now I can root for him that he's no longer in our division and as long as he's not playing the Falcons…
— tweakatweet (@tweakatweet) June 29, 2020
— Caveman (@Mitchellbarker4) June 29, 2020
Browns and falcons my teams but I’m rooting for Jalen hurts and Cam Newton too
— Turtle🐢 (@tvrtleman) June 29, 2020
Others know the drill; real Falcons fans don’t root for the Patriots. But considering Tom Brady is now in Tampa, it’s safe to root him on. The Patriots no longer are the same team Atlanta embarrassingly blew that 28-3 lead to in the Super Bowl in 2017.
It’s kinda shitty for me as a falcon fan tho…
“Wow , Cam finally isn’t a Panther fan… he’s not on a team I hate.. so I can finally be a fan”
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SIGN CAM NEWTON pic.twitter.com/xJchp6CDJG
— 🎈Big Homie🎈 Hoodrich™ KODAQ 🅴 (@BigHomieKODAQ) June 29, 2020
Still tripping patriots sign @CameronNewton I might starting liking them now outside of my falcons!!
— Sliik (@Money1stkartel) June 29, 2020
As a die hard Falcons fan, I say this with my entire chest. SHOUT OUT TO @CameronNewton FOR SECURING THAT SPOT IN NE, YOU’RE MORE THAN DESERVING!! CANT KEEP A BLACK MAN DOWN 💯
— Dez Sellman (@TheSwaddler06) June 29, 2020
Newton Never Really Gave Atlanta the Rivalry Feeling
You’d think the Falcons and Panthers would be the biggest rivalry in the NFC South especially considering their stadiums are closest to each other. That isn’t the case.
Cam wasn’t a rival, he was usually an easy win for the Falcons.
Newton played the Falcons 15 times and only came out with six wins. Out of all three divisional opponents, Cam’s worst stats came against the Falcons and the Panthers haven’t beaten the Falcons since 2017.
His overall stats against Atlanta are subpar with a 6-9 record, 57.6% completion rate, 16 interceptions, averaging 216 passing yards, and was sacked by Atlanta 24 times.
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Some Fans Unhappy With Atlanta for Not Signing Cam Newton
Despite those stats, some Falcons fans are upset about Cam not coming to Atlanta. But some are thinking general manager Thomas Dimitroff should have listened to them, as he did with the new uniforms (which took 17 years).
— Justin (@justncase33) June 29, 2020
Cam Newton should of went to the falcons !
— Almighty Dre😈 (@YoBoiiDre) June 29, 2020
Hot take for the day Atlanta falcons should trade Matt Ryan to the Patriots for Cam Newton
— Nicholas A. Morgan (@NicholasAntony8) June 29, 2020
Cam Newton Wouldn’t Fit in Atlanta
Matt Ryan isn’t going anywhere. He’s been the most consistent and reliable player on the team since his singing in 2008 and if you don’t believe that, look at the stats: 109-80 career record, 270.8 yards per game, 65.4% completion rate.
Cam Newton would have never signed with the Falcons because he wasn’t going to settle for a backup position and that’s what he would have in Atlanta. Plus, he was way too expensive and probably too high maintenance for their liking.
Newton doesn’t have the same decision-making in the pocket that Ryan has and the Falcons can’t afford Newton’s interceptions. Newton also lacks the leadership skills and the clutch comebacks in the fourth quarter.
While it might be stressful being a Falcons fan sometimes, Ryan has made 30 fourth-quarter comebacks in 189 games as opposed to Newton’s 15 in 125 games.
The Falcons quarterback depth chart is solid enough with Ryan and Matt Schaub. What needed to be fixed was the offensive and defensive line along with some help in the backfield, which they haven’t had for two seasons. The Falcons didn’t need another quarterback, especially with Kurt Benkert back this season.
Let’s give our quarterbacks in Atlanta a little more respect.