Belichick on mobile quarterbacks: Cam Newton is “public enemy No. 1”

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It’s no secret that the Patriots struggle with mobile quarterbacks. Last week, they had a hard time stopping Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. This week, they’ll get a chance to neutralize Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

On Wednesday, reporters asked coach Bill Belichick whether Watson and Newton run in similar situations.

“Well, I think both guys probably have a few plays that are designed runs, and then there are other plays that are improvised runs,” Belichick said. “I think when you’re talking about mobile quarterbacks, guys that are tough to handle, tackle, can throw, run, make good decisions – I mean, I would put Newton at the top of the list. Not saying that there aren’t a lot of other good players that do that, but I would say, of all the guys we play or have played recently in the last couple of years, I would definitely put him – he’s the hardest guy to deal with. He makes good decisions, he can run, he’s strong, he’s hard to tackle. He can do a lot of different things, beat you in a lot of different ways. We saw that in the game down there in ’13, so I would put him at the top of the list. Not saying the other guys aren’t a problem, because they are, but he’s public enemy No. 1.”

In 2013, Newton’s third year in the league, Newton completed 19 of 28 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns, good for a passer rating of 125.4. He added 62 yards rushing in a 24-20 Carolina win.

That’s the only time Belichick has faced Newton. Since then, he’s had ankle surgery and shoulder surgery, and the Panthers seem to be trying to get him to run less often than he once did. Regardless, the Patriots will need to do a better job of bottling him up than they typically do with mobile quarterbacks.

49 responses to “Belichick on mobile quarterbacks: Cam Newton is “public enemy No. 1”

  1. Trust me…
    When Bill Belichick praises you, he actually thinks you stink to high heaven..
    Bill blows smoke as a weapon. What better way to disarm a lousy quarterback than to make him think he’s actually good.

  2. The Patriots’ D is suspect, giving up an average of 32 points per game. The Panthers offense is suspect, averaging only 15 points per game. The Panthers only give up 13 points a game, while the Patriots have been scoring 33 points per game. This game could be really wild.

  3. winningisabrees says:
    perfect pic, he “dabbed” on the Saints last week, how’d that turn out. 3 INTS and 4 Sacks, 2 Fumbles (he recovered)
    +++

    Well, at least he recovered the fumbles. For Cam, that’s a step up.

  4. So the latest copycat “storyline” is how the Pats struggle against mobile QBs.

    What defense doesn’t struggle against good QBs who bring the added dimensions of running and extending pass plays? What defense doesn’t struggle against a Wilson, Rogers, Vick, etc. when they are on their game?

    That said, I don’t think Newton is as good as Wilson,Rogers, or even the rookie Watson because Newton has poor judgement, is inaccurate, and quits when things don’t go his way, and when Pats smell quit in a QB, it gets ugly – ala Manning in the playoffs.

  5. As a Panther fan I hate to say it but will, NE has nothing to worry about this coming Sunday…………
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    An objective, honest man. He knows they don’t have a QB.

  6. Trouble with mobile QBs? Newsflash: Every team in the NFL has trouble with mobile QBs! There’s a reason why overpaid dinosaur statues like Brees and Rivers miss the playoffs year after year after year…..

  7. jamarcuslives says:
    September 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    Trouble with mobile QBs? Newsflash: Every team in the NFL has trouble with mobile QBs! There’s a reason why overpaid dinosaur statues like Brees and Rivers miss the playoffs year after year after year…..

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    Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Peyton, Eli: 20 Super Bowls

    Vick, Cunningham, McNabb, McNair, Stewart, Young, Culpepper, Grogan, Young, Wilson, Kaepernick, Staubach: 4 Super Bowls.

  8. .
    Recently Newton has struggled. However, we’ve seen first hand what he’s capable of. You just don’t want him to snap out of his funk against you.
    .

  9. Newton doesn’t seem to be what he once was but so far neither is the Patriots D, it is a work in progress. Every week is going to be an adventure until Belichick and Patricia sort through this year’s D enough to figure out what they really have and adjust their game planning accordingly.

  10. bighairbingopro says:
    September 27, 2017 at 3:13 pm
    Wow. What is going on with BB? Praising an opponent?? Bill has Camera right where he wants him. This game won’t be close.

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    BB always finds good things to say about his opponents

  11. Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Peyton, Eli: 20 Super Bowls

    Vick, Cunningham, McNabb, McNair, Stewart, Young, Culpepper, Grogan, Young, Wilson, Kaepernick, Staubach: 4 Super Bowls.

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    Wow. Never saw it put that way.

    Well done.

  12. “the Patriots will need to do a better job of bottling him up than they typically do with mobile quarterbacks”

    Nonsense there have been plenty of times the Pats have contained such QBs. Vick for instance never had any success against the Pats. Different personnel now of course. The bigger problem is something like half the starting D are new to the system and still learning their responsibilities. It usually takes the new guys about half a season to settle in so Cam could have a good game this weekend. Whether a good game is enough to win or not is another thing entirely.

  13. Cam Newton’s shoulder recovery is going slow. As a result, he doesn’t throw in practice much. It is showing in his performance this season. Timing is off and passes are routinely too high. But a healthy Cam is a great QB.

  14. BB always finds good things to say about his opponents

    Not a bad thing for a troll like you to copy.

    Cam needs a good line which he doesn’t have and really misses Olsen. It’s going to be a long day for Cam sadly enough.

  15. george1859 says:
    September 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Trust me…
    When Bill Belichick praises you, he actually thinks you stink to high heaven..
    Bill blows smoke as a weapon. What better way to disarm a lousy quarterback than to make him think he’s actually good.
    ________________________________________________________

    That’s not true- he pretty much means it. Sometimes he pumps up an opposing team and makes them out to be invincible, but when it comes to players he’s being forthright.

  16. george1859 says:
    September 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm
    Trust me…
    When Bill Belichick praises you, he actually thinks you stink to high heaven..
    Bill blows smoke as a weapon. What better way to disarm a lousy quarterback than to make him think he’s actually good.
    ______________________________________________

    So I guess Ed Reed and Larry Fitzgerald are garbage no talent hacks because that he has given his highest praised to that he hasn’t coached

  17. Cam Newton is a shell of his former self. Couldn’t even move the ball against a putrid Saints defense.

  18. Cam is without his safety, Greg Olsen. Olsen and Newton are of one mind. Newton can always count on Olsen over the middle. If New England can shut down the outside, like New Orleans did, game over. McCaffrey will try to fill position.

  19. nflfan12blog says:
    September 27, 2017 at 4:11 pm
    george1859 says:
    September 27, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Trust me…
    When Bill Belichick praises you, he actually thinks you stink to high heaven..
    Bill blows smoke as a weapon. What better way to disarm a lousy quarterback than to make him think he’s actually good.
    ________________________________________________________

    That’s not true- he pretty much means it. Sometimes he pumps up an opposing team and makes them out to be invincible, but when it comes to players he’s being forthright.

    2 2 Rate This

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    ^^^^This.

    THAT is the accurate assessment.

  20. orrnumberfour says:
    September 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Peyton, Eli: 20 Super Bowls

    Vick, Cunningham, McNabb, McNair, Stewart, Young, Culpepper, Grogan, Young, Wilson, Kaepernick, Staubach: 4 Super Bowls.

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    Wow. Never saw it put that way.

    Well done.

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    Agreed, very well done.

  21. First, Cam has terrible fundamentals the second issue is a tie between the oline and Shula. Oh, the D played it’s 1st NFL offence last week and didn’t look good (1 sack & 1 QB pressure)

    Bench Cam for the season so he can heal, give his next season, plays like his old self keep riding him or plays like 2017 Cam trade him and start over. (Win/Win) He needs time to get healthy and the offseason is just not long enough due to the abuse the organization has allowed him to take his entire career. Again thanks Shula.

  22. When Belichich rains that much praise on any one player you know that player is not that great of a threat to him. I’m not a Pats fan and I know that much about him from what he says about my team’s players.

  23. liftheavyorliftheavy says:
    September 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    orrnumberfour says:
    September 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Peyton, Eli: 20 Super Bowls

    Vick, Cunningham, McNabb, McNair, Stewart, Young, Culpepper, Grogan, Young, Wilson, Kaepernick, Staubach: 4 Super Bowls.

    _______________

    Wow. Never saw it put that way.

    Well done.

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    Agreed, very well done.
    __________________________

    He forgot Tarkenton

  24. Pats didn’t exactly stop Watson. They did outscore the Texans because Grandpa Brady is too good. I don’t believe the Panther’s defense is good enough to stop Brady, everybody’s Public Enemy One.

    I don’t see a loss on the Pat’s schedule anytime soon.

  25. Cam isn’t exactly a mobile QB this year. He seems reluctant to run this year. Small sample size of 3 weeks, I know, but he’s not running that much this year…

    Seriously, if Cam couldn’t “snap out of it” against the Saints at home, I don’t see him doing it against the Pats.

  26. I don’t think Bill was blowing smoke. Contrary to his rep he will answer FOOTBALL questions related to football provided it’s not about giving intel on his team or psychobabble.

  27. thermo321 says:
    September 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    liftheavyorliftheavy says:
    September 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm
    orrnumberfour says:
    September 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Peyton, Eli: 20 Super Bowls

    Vick, Cunningham, McNabb, McNair, Stewart, Young, Culpepper, Grogan, Young, Wilson, Kaepernick, Staubach: 4 Super Bowls.

    _______________

    Wow. Never saw it put that way.

    Well done.

    —————-

    Agreed, very well done.
    __________________________

    He forgot Tarkenton
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    The mobile QB is still considered a new phenomena in NFL. The “statue” QB will soon be replaced by hybrid QBs going forward as defensive players particularly pass-rushers become more athletic and the main focus of defenses.

    That said, those numbers will change dramatically going forward.

  28. Oh the Pats/Panthers game will be a blowout. Pats will run the table from here on out. The Patriots won’t face another good QB for the rest of the season (seriously check the schedule, they don’t face a top 10 QB the rest of the way).

  29. bullcharger says:
    September 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm
    jamarcuslives says:
    September 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    Trouble with mobile QBs? Newsflash: Every team in the NFL has trouble with mobile QBs! There’s a reason why overpaid dinosaur statues like Brees and Rivers miss the playoffs year after year after year…..

    ———————-

    Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Peyton, Eli: 20 Super Bowls

    Vick, Cunningham, McNabb, McNair, Stewart, Young, Culpepper, Grogan, Young, Wilson, Kaepernick, Staubach: 4 Super Bowls.

    —————-

    Well…technically, Aikman begin his career running the wishbone. 🙂

    Elway was a mobile qb. Kosar, Marino, and Moon were not. Jeff Hostletler was a mobile qb, Jim Kelly was not. There’s a point to be made with what you are saying, but you are overreaching. The difference between Hoss and Kelly was a missed field goal. Teams win Super Bowls. Sometimes even without great QB play (Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Joe Flacco…)

  30. If Cam kneels for the anthem lets all boo him every single time his name is mentioned or he even touches the football. Sadly… same goes for any Patriots who kneel.

    Let’s put a stop to this nonsense America. BOOOOOOO

  31. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says:
    September 28, 2017 at 1:02 am
    bullcharger says:
    September 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm
    jamarcuslives says:
    September 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    Trouble with mobile QBs? Newsflash: Every team in the NFL has trouble with mobile QBs! There’s a reason why overpaid dinosaur statues like Brees and Rivers miss the playoffs year after year after year…..
    ———————-
    Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Peyton, Eli: 20 Super Bowls
    Vick, Cunningham, McNabb, McNair, Stewart, Young, Culpepper, Grogan, Young, Wilson, Kaepernick, Staubach: 4 Super Bowls.
    —————-
    Well…technically, Aikman begin his career running the wishbone. 🙂
    Elway was a mobile qb. Kosar, Marino, and Moon were not. Jeff Hostletler was a mobile qb, Jim Kelly was not. There’s a point to be made with what you are saying, but you are overreaching. The difference between Hoss and Kelly was a missed field goal. Teams win Super Bowls. Sometimes even without great QB play (Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Joe Flacco…)

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    Great quarterbacks need some mobility, but they don’t have to get yards running the ball and they don’t need mobility outside of the pocket. The ones that win the most are usually not running QBs and have some kind of ability to scramble in or out of the pocket. Running QBs typically lose their ability through injury within a few years and then they burn out faster than the pocket passers and the end of their career is not as strong. Therefore less opportunity in the long run. See Vick, Mcnabb, Culpepper, Kaepernick and now Cam looks the same.

  32. seriously check the schedule, they don’t face a top 10 QB the rest of the way).
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    Maybe in the division. Carr, Ben, Winston, the reigning league MVP Ryan and Rivers say hello. 🙂

  33. bullcharger says:
    September 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, Aikman, Peyton, Eli: 20 Super Bowls

    Vick, Cunningham, McNabb, McNair, Stewart, Young, Culpepper, Grogan, Young, Wilson, Kaepernick, Staubach: 4 Super Bowls.

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    The other not insignificant thing about these two lists is how long each group has been able to play the game. Not sure Staubach fits in the bottom group of “mobile QBs” though

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