Bill Belichick: We have a “pretty good feel” for Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer

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Rex Ryan argued last week that Tom Brady was more important to the Patriots’ success than Bill Belichick. The ESPN analyst dragged Geno Smith into his argument, suggesting that if Belichick had Smith as his quarterback he would not have won any Super Bowls.

Belichick doesn’t have Smith on his roster, but he doesn’t have Brady anymore either.

The Patriots currently have journeyman Brian Hoyer and unproven Jarrett Stidham.

Hoyer, 34, has played for seven teams in 11 seasons, started 38 games, won 16 games and has an 0-1 mark as a postseason starter. Stidham, a fourth-round choice last season, played 15 snaps in three games as a rookie, going 2-for-4 for 14 yards and an interception.

Whether the Patriots add a rookie or a veteran to the mix, the team will have a quarterback competition for the first time since 2001 when Brady was in his second season. Drew Bledsoe won the job before Mo Lewis’ hit knocked Bledsoe out in Week Two, and the rest, of course, is history.

“Well, we’ve spent quite a bit of time with both Brian and Stid,” Belichick said Monday. “I think we have a pretty good – [offensive coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] and myself – certainly have a pretty good feel for both those players. The circumstances will be different this year, and we’ll see how everything plays out. But again, to start with, I think the main thing is to give everyone a chance to compete, to get people comfortable with the position and the skills that they’re playing, the communication that’s involved. We’ll evaluate the players as we get an opportunity to evaluate them. So, right now, the spring will be about teaching the best that we can. At whatever point we get a chance to get on the field and participate and play, then that’s what we’ll do. But, not sure exactly how that’s going to go. Once we figure it out, then we’ll work from there.”

Cam Newton and Jameis Winston remain free agents, and the Bengals still are shopping Andy Dalton. But the Patriots have so far shown no interest in any of the veteran quarterbacks available.

Whoever is the Patriots’ starter, Belichick will get a chance to show he can win without Brady as his quarterback.

24 responses to “Bill Belichick: We have a “pretty good feel” for Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer

  1. Dude built defenses that made SB-winning QBs out of Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler, let alone Brady. BB will be fine.

  2. The haven’t shown interest as they like Stidham. BB wasn’t gonna give a 43yr old QB a 2yr mega-deal (or rent someone else’s costly failure) so losing more vets to the cap space AND suffer years of cap hell instead of one tight year he’s dealing with, and always long expected and planned for at the end of his time with Brady. First with JimmyG and now with StiddyJ.

  3. They’ll roll with a guy who knows the system. No time this year to teach someone new.

    Yes. They’ll draft someone too.

  4. brigo8371 says:
    April 13, 2020 at 5:08 pm
    Dude built defenses that made SB-winning QBs out of Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler, let alone Brady. BB will be fine.

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    Probably not! Nobody was or is a student of the game like Brady. Defenses use to win championships but that is as BB says is water under the bridge..Pats 6-10

  5. Belichick must truly believe a QB is just a cog in his system. So far he has been right.

  6. There’s no rush for the Pats to do anything with the vets. Why give Cincy anything for Dalton and pay him 17 mil when the Bengals will probably release him anyway? Cam Newton needs to be thoroughly vetted physically, if they’re interested. Bortles, who they liked coming out of college, is out there. Pats would be an attractive option for any of these guys because they could win the starting job on a cheap 1 yr prove it contract. I don’t believe Stidham will be the starting QB this year.

  7. Only 2 teams will have a better record In the AFC………………………..East

  8. Belichick finds new ways to win every year. It’s not all on the QB.

    As long as Belichick is the coach, other teams have a problem. They’ll beat him with the “all in” approach occasionally, but they’ll also bankrupt their franchises to do so. Belichick will create a contender every year.

    Yes, I’m jealous! We all are…

    Except Rex Ryan… he’s bitter in defeat. It would be healthier to just admit that he was out coached.

  9. streetyson says:
    April 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm
    The haven’t shown interest as they like Stidham. BB wasn’t gonna give a 43yr old QB a 2yr mega-deal (or rent someone else’s costly failure) so losing more vets to the cap space AND suffer years of cap hell instead of one tight year he’s dealing with, and always long expected and planned for at the end of his time with Brady. First with JimmyG and now with StiddyJ.

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    These dopes think BB spends wildly in FA and by promoting Stidham at 550K, somehow NE is in a “cap hell” right now, which is hilarious considering, minus like 3 positions, the team is already built. They kept some of their experience and depth in house and have a redshirted (for the most part) dynamite looking 2019 draft class to go with a good 2018 draft class (Michel, Wynn

    People seem to forget BB redshirts some guys due to an injury tweak in camp or for strategic purposes (Damien Harris, Vereen, James White, etc), and how dangerous BB is in a draft with multiple picks in a round. Go back and look at 2010-2012 in terms of how he maneuvered the board and the yields to build the 2nd dynasty in the Brady Era, which ironically, all those players taken whether it be Mr. February (Hightower), Malcolm Butler, Thuney, Andrews, even Malcolm Mitchell, all had huge roles in helping win those titles. Even Michel in 2018.

    If BB HAD stupidly kept aging and entitled Brady, yes, they’d be in cap hell with a much weaker team due to BB needing to walk from numerous key players and no strategic mid level FA signings.

    People don’t understand the sport like BB, so the get insecure and strangely think mocking him is normal. LOL

    Strange world we live in. Someone yesterday was claiming “Pro Bowls” and self promotion via the media was more important than trying to win a SB. Double LOL.

  10. I can’t wait to watch Bill’s head explode on the sidelines this season when he realizes how big of a mistake it was to let Brady go. I think we’ll also see BB isn’t as great as everyone thinks he is. It’s reminiscent of how great of a coach Steve Mariucci was when he had Joe Montana and Steve Young and how quickly he was fired after Young retired.

  11. whenwilliteverend says:
    April 14, 2020 at 10:05 am
    I can’t wait to watch Bill’s head explode on the sidelines this season when he realizes how big of a mistake it was to let Brady go. I think we’ll also see BB isn’t as great as everyone thinks he is. It’s reminiscent of how great of a coach Steve Mariucci was when he had Joe Montana and Steve Young and how quickly he was fired after Young retired.

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    Yes, the guy who destroyed Joe Montana on numerous occasions, with gameplans in Canton hanging on the wall, while being carried off the field as a coordinator by his own defense, somehow, magically is on Mariucci’s level. LOL

    I have secondary embarrassment for you and all people like you. Please just don’t vote in November. I beg of you.

  12. tedmurph says:
    April 13, 2020 at 7:01 pm
    There’s no rush for the Pats to do anything with the vets. Why give Cincy anything for Dalton and pay him 17 mil when the Bengals will probably release him anyway? Cam Newton needs to be thoroughly vetted physically, if they’re interested. Bortles, who they liked coming out of college, is out there. Pats would be an attractive option for any of these guys because they could win the starting job on a cheap 1 yr prove it contract. I don’t believe Stidham will be the starting QB this year.

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    Tell us why you think Hoyer will be:

    LMAO

    This should be a hoot, Teddy

  13. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    April 13, 2020 at 6:55 pm
    Belichick must truly believe a QB is just a cog in his system. So far he has been right.

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    That must really sting as a Jets fan with Sanchez, a Favre rental situation and that embarrassment with the cell phone photos with him, Geno Smith pouting on draft and Rexie still picking him, eh?

    Hint: You’re drafting as much the person as you are the skill set, Jets fan.

    This is WHY BB has drafted and developed with success at the position. Wonderlic 11 Lamar Jackson, for example, spending time with bozo the clown people like the Browns cousins, would never have been on NE’s final draft board at all.

    Enjoy, Jets fan.

    As long as BB is there, you’re going to see the team trending on the plus side, year in and year out.

    This is like saying Dante Scarnecchia can’t identify good OL or Ivan Fears can’t identify good plug and play RBs.

    Again….Enjoy.

  14. Dude built defenses that made SB-winning QBs out of Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler, let alone Brady. BB will be fine.
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    1986 offense scored 371 points.

    Before Brady, Bill’s offense never scored more than 305 points except one season when there were two 3-13 teams in the division.

    2008 Pats had Moss and super easy schedule, like first half of 2019 season.

    Don’t know how SUPER CHEAP Belichick will be able to stay “great” without a QB who has the skills to turn cheap receivers into play makers.

  15. This is WHY BB has drafted and developed with success at the position
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    patsfan4lifesbchamps,

    Never heard of any QB or WR showing appreciation towards Belichick.

    BTW, Brady was able to turn Troy Brown into top play makers.

  16. This is WHY BB has drafted and developed with success at the position
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    patsfan4lifesbchamps,

    Never heard of any QB or WR showing appreciation towards Belichick.

    BTW, Brady was able to turn Troy Brown into top play makers.

  17. Yes, the guy who destroyed Joe Montana on numerous occasions, with gameplans in Canton hanging on the wall, while being carried off the field as a coordinator by his own defense, somehow, magically is on Mariucci’s level. LOL

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    ty,

    2001 : without Brady’s 351 in 14 games, Pats would have made to playoff.
    2003 : without 38 minutes and 32 points against Panthers, Patriots wouldn’t have won SB (BTW, every good defense could beat Peyton then)

    The next 4 SB? Pats wouldn’t have won single one if offense didn’t score back to back 24+ points in playoff, something Brees and Rodgers couldn’t do for long time.

  18. William Lee says:
    April 14, 2020 at 3:04 pm
    Yes, the guy who destroyed Joe Montana on numerous occasions, with gameplans in Canton hanging on the wall, while being carried off the field as a coordinator by his own defense, somehow, magically is on Mariucci’s level. LOL

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    ty,

    2001 : without Brady’s 351 in 14 games, Pats would have made to playoff.
    2003 : without 38 minutes and 32 points against Panthers, Patriots wouldn’t have won SB (BTW, every good defense could beat Peyton then)

    The next 4 SB? Pats wouldn’t have won single one if offense didn’t score back to back 24+ points in playoff, something Brees and Rodgers couldn’t do for long time.

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    2001: if not for a technicality that made Brady’s fumble an incomplete pass – cmon now, even he admitted he fumbled – then Patriots don’t make the SB. Smith, Vinatieri and the defense did more to win that SB than Brady did.
    2003: Brady played average until the 4th quarter. Defense was great until they got hit with injuries
    2004: Brady played well, defense played better
    2007: Brady played average, historic offense only scores 14 points, Pats lose
    2011: Brady played below average, Pats lose
    2014: Brady played average until the 4th quarter but let’s face it Malcolm Butler doesn’t make the play, Pats would lose
    2016: Tremendous comeback and Brady was a big part of that but he was kinda bad in the first half. Also had a pick 6
    2017: Pats lose but by far Brady’s best Super Bowl game. The game losing fumble was on him but that doesn’t take anything away from that performance.
    2018: Brady wasn’t relevant in this game

  19. In both Rams and Giants Super Bowls Brady didn’t do anything until there were 5 minutes left in the game. Belichick’s defense kept the Patriots in the game allowing them to at least win against the Rams. Against the Falcons and Seahawks Belichick’s defense kept those high powered offenses scoreless in the 4th quarter along with forcing key turnovers.

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    William Lee says:

    2001 : without Brady’s 351 in 14 games, Pats would have made to playoff.
    2003 : without 38 minutes and 32 points against Panthers, Patriots wouldn’t have won SB (BTW, every good defense could beat Peyton then)

    The next 4 SB? Pats wouldn’t have won single one if offense didn’t score back to back 24+ points in playoff, something Brees and Rodgers couldn’t do for long time.

  20. In re:Cam, Winston or Dalton to Pats

    Cam can’t and never will be able to operate the Pat’s complex west coast offense. Can Winston reduce his INTs ? Maybe with some better coaching. BB might be interested but only at a low risk ($) trial. It’s Dalton that always intrigued me. I always thought that he would have had a much better career if he hadn’t been stuck with the Bungles all these years.It all goes back to $$ and if they come in thinking they’re the starters.

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