Cam Newton’s shocking reaction to Jeff Garcia’s fashion criticism after Patriots loss against 49ers

Cam Newton responded to former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia’s fashion criticisms Monday saying that he actually agrees with the former San Francisco 49er’s comments.

Following a crushing loss against the Niners on Sunday, Garcia took aim at Newton’s flashy post-game attire, saying that he needed to prove himself on the field before showing up in what he does to “bring more attention” to himself after a poor performance. 


Surprisingly Newton agreed with Garcia’s rather harsh criticism. 

“You know what’s crazy, I agree with him and the fact that he’s a former player, he has every right to say that,” Newton told WEEI in an interview. “But, that’s another opinionated theory, and it’s fair to say.”

While he may have agreed with his assessment, Newton added that it changes nothing for him. 


“I know I come off to so many different people so many different ways, and that’s fine. You know what, he’s exactly right. But, I’m not changing the way I dress. I’m sorry.”

Newton also spoke about getting benched after throwing three interceptions, saying that he just needs to play better going forward. 

“I’m hearing a lot of what it could be. It’s simple. I have to play better. Let’s just point and say that,” Newton said.


He was only 9-for-15 with 98 passing yards before being benched for backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham. The Patriots would go on to lose 33-6 and are now 2-4 for the season. 

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report. 

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Kyle Shanahan: 49ers shopping Dante Pettis; Jimmie Ward sidelined

Wide receiver Dante Pettis was already on the bench.

And now he’s on the trade block.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that general manager John Lynch has been involved in discussions about dealing the 2018 second-round pick who no catches on one target this season and has been a healthy scratch for the past two games. The NFL’s trading deadline is Nov. 3.

“I know John has taken a number of calls on it,” Shanahan said. “I know he’s made some (calls). That’s stuff that we do right now. We’ll see if it can help us. And if it does, we won’t hesitate. But nothing’s imminent. Dante’s a part of our team. And there’s a good chance he can still stay a part of our team.”

The 49ers used six wide receivers in last Sunday’s 24-16 win over the Rams and Pettis was inactive for the second straight week. In his last 10 regular-season games, dating to last year, Pettis has two catches for 26 yards on 10 targets and a touchdown while playing 204 snaps.

Safety situation: Free safety Jimmie Ward won’t play Sunday against the Patriots after he suffered a strained quadricep in practice Thursday.

Shanahan indicated it was a relatively mild strain – no more than a “1.5 grade” – but said Ward could miss multiple games. Ward has made a career-high 22 straight starts, including playoff games.

“I don’t think it will be real long,” Shanahan said. “But we know for sure he’s not going to make the trip with us. Hope that will help him have a chance to be ready next week.”

Both Ward and strong safety Jaquiski Tartt (groin) are out and they will likely be replaced by Tarvarius Moore and Marcell Harris, respectively, against New England. The 49ers will likely move strong safety Johnathan Cyprien and free safety Jared Mayden, an undrafted rookie, from the practice squad.

Ward and Tartt had both started the season’s first six games. They combined to miss 44 games due to injuries from 2016-2019.

In other injury news, linebacker Kwon Alexander (ankle) won’t play against the Patriots. The 49ers will place running back Raheem Mostert (ankle) before the deadline to do so Saturday.

Looking good for LT: Not all the 49ers’ injury news is bad: Trent Williams is expected to play Sunday.

Shanahan said the Pro Bowl left tackle is on track to start at New England after he was in too much discomfort to practice Wednesday and was limited Thursday because of an ankle injury.

Williams and running back Jeff Wilson (calf) are questionable.

Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Eric_Branch

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49ers shopping Dante Pettis ahead of trade deadline

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis (18) reacts after he scores the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter during a game at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 in Santa Clara.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis (18) reacts after he scores the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter during a game at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 in Santa Clara.

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Dante Pettis’ time with the 49ers might be running out.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed as much on Friday when he was asked about a Sports Illustrated report signaling San Francisco had been shopping Pettis ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline.

Shanahan said general manager John Lynch has both made and received calls about the 2018 second-round draft pick.

“It’s stuff that we do right now and we’ll see if it can help us and if it does, we won’t hesitate to do it, but nothing’s imminent,” Shanahan said Friday, which happened to be Pettis’ 25th birthday. “Dante is a part of our team and there’s a good chance that he could still stay a part of our team. If he does, when his number’s needed and he gets his opportunity, I plan on him being ready.”

Pettis hasn’t made a catch this season and hasn’t been targeted by a 49ers quarterback since the season opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He was inactive in the last two games against the Dolphins and Rams. His most action this season has come on special teams. He’s returned two punts for a total of 14 yards.

While the 49ers have added a slew of receivers in recent seasons, including early in the last two drafts with Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, Pettis has been a disappointment. His last reception came in the Halloween victory in Arizona in 2019 and he’s struggled to stay in the rotation despite having ample opportunity.

Pettis started Week 1 because Samuel and Aiyuk were out with injuries but remained unproductive while the team was hoping he would improve following the offseason departure of Emmanuel Sanders.

San Francisco moved up 15 spots in the draft, sending a third-round pick to Washington, to take Pettis hoping he would develop into a reliable starter. He showed flashes as a rookie, including a three-game stretch late in the season when he recorded 12 catches for 255 yards and four touchdowns.

The best thing for Pettis could be a change of scenery, while the 49ers could shed his salary and get a late-round draft pick in return.

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Chris Biderman has covered the 49ers since 2013 and began covering the team for The Sacramento Bee in August 2018. He previously spent time with the Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports Media Group. A Santa Rosa native, he graduated with a degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.

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