Greg Van Roten: Cam Newton and Bill Belichick a “recipe for disaster” for rest of league

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Guard Greg Van Roten spent the last three seasons with the Panthers and that run gave him an up-close look at what quarterback Cam Newton is capable of doing on the field when he isn’t too injured to play.

Van Roten signed with the Jets as a free agent this offseason, so he may get a couple of chances to see Newton from the opposing sideline this season. Newton has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots and Van Roten thinks pairing him with New England head coach Bill Belichick has the potential to make life difficult for the rest of the league.

“What does he bring to the Patriots?” Van Roten said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “It’s definitely terrifying to think if Cam Newton’s healthy and he’s in Belichick’s offense, you know, in my division, it could be a long year for the other teams, because he’s a game changer. He came into the league, you know, he’s a league MVP, brought a team to the Super Bowl — he’s just built differently than a lot of quarterbacks. And he’s a headache to game plan for. So when he’s healthy, you can stop the run from him, but then you gotta defend the pass. If you can stop the pass, well then you’ve got to account for the run. So, it’s basically, pick one thing and he’ll do the other. And then you couple him with Belichick, who only cares about winning and Cam really wants to prove himself, so it’s definitely a recipe for disaster for the rest of the league if they can figure it out.”

Newton’s workout videos have shown a player who seems to be physically ready for the season to come, but it’s been a long time since he’s been on the field and there are questions to answer about any lasting toll the last two years may have taken. If those answers are positive, Van Roten probably won’t be alone in the expectation that life will be tough for New England’s opponents.

30 responses to “Greg Van Roten: Cam Newton and Bill Belichick a “recipe for disaster” for rest of league

  1. Might be. In fact I think they will be. Automatic SB bid? No, but I think much better chance of BB making the SB with anyone than Brady with someone other than BB. Always believed that.

  2. Well the days of Cam not getting the roughing calls are over, since he is now a Patriot He surely will get the calls Brady used to get. The days of non calls for Cam are over,Just brush him and it will be 15 yards.

  3. There is probably not going to be a season, and that will likely make one-year deals signed this off-season null and void for the 2021 season. Then some team not named the Patriots will likely sign Newton to a 4-5 year deal for $100-125 million total just to keep him away from the Patriots. Perhaps the Colts because they still desperately need a QB in spite of the absurd amount of total money they currently would be spending on Rivers and Brissett combined this season, if there was a season.

  4. This is all going to depend on if Cam can figure out that “Calculus playbook”. If not, this could be a recipe for disaster alright – for the Patriots.

  5. Such a different look for the Pats. I can’t see how they can have a season this year, but I am really pumped to watch this offense. I know the defense will be rock solid. Hope all contracts will toll, so we can push the reset button in 2021.

  6. This isn’t 2015. Cam running over people isn’t happening anymore. That season was a total outlier for his career and now he’s a lot older. Let’s see it play out. If they play at all.

  7. Well the days of Cam not getting the roughing calls are over, since he is now a Patriot He surely will get the calls Brady used to get. The days of non calls for Cam are over,Just brush him and it will be 15 yards.
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    Since 2011 Cam has received 30 roughing the passer flags. In the same time Brady has 21. Brady has 0 last year. So there goes your narrative.

  8. So, for months, no one wanted to go near Cam, and there was even talk that he might not be back in the league.

    Now, he & BB are going to roll through the league and start stacking up Lombardi’s together.

    Makes sense.

  9. andymannfl says:
    July 13, 2020 at 9:23 am
    This isn’t 2015. Cam running over people isn’t happening anymore. That season was a total outlier for his career and now he’s a lot older. Let’s see it play out. If they play at all.

    OMG!!!
    What about 2018??

    Look at his numbers for the first 11 games under N Turner before he was. Injured.

    Completion 68% 3-1 td to int ratio 400 rushing yards

    He doesn’t have to 2015 Cam but IF and that’s still a big if he can be 2018 cam and continue to take the coaching he/they will be fine.

  10. SWFLPC.INC says:
    July 13, 2020 at 9:23 am
    T6 assures us all that Stidham will be the starter

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    Based on the tea leaves, Stidham is the guy in 2021
    and beyond. BB has never kept 2 qbs and one being a rookie like he did with Stidham in 2019. You’d have to be a moron to not grasp what that really meant.

    Congrats, you have taken the title and are reigning champ. lmao

    Newton is there to truly push Stidham, compete and possibly win the job either full time if he earns it or maybe in some kind of part time/gameplan specific situation since Stidham no otas and mini camp.

    BB uses Sept games as extended tryouts anyway, and no gamefilm on eirher under strategic gameplans for either qb, is very dangerous for other teams.

    If there is a season, expect the Seattle and KC games not only to be close but very winnable for NE. No disrespect to either team, but they are not decisively better than the Pats even without Brady.

  11. billsrthefuture says:
    July 13, 2020 at 9:41 am
    So, for months, no one wanted to go near Cam, and there was even talk that he might not be back in the league.

    Now, he & BB are going to roll through the league and start stacking up Lombardi’s together.

    Makes sense.

    3 2

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    Yes, BB is a terrible coach and has a poor history with reclamation projects or players unhappy in poor environments.

    lol

  12. Newton is a low cost high upside backup plan if Jarrett stidham fails! belichick is covering his bases.

  13. BB has never kept 2 qbs and one being a rookie like he did with Stidham in 2019.
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    Well in 2000 he had Bledsoe, Bishop and rookie Brady.

  14. The Pats are the favorite in that division. Easily. Tied for best defense in that division with the Bills but I’ll take Cam over Josh Allen any day of the week. Remember, Cam has thrown for over four thousand yards in a season. We will never see inaccurate Allen of the Bills being able to pass like that.

    If you go look it up, go see who was the most inaccurate QB in the NFL last year. It was Josh Allen.

  15. touchback6 says:
    July 13, 2020 at 9:59 am
    billsrthefuture says:
    July 13, 2020 at 9:41 am
    So, for months, no one wanted to go near Cam, and there was even talk that he might not be back in the league.

    Now, he & BB are going to roll through the league and start stacking up Lombardi’s together.

    Makes sense.

    3 2

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    Yes, BB is a terrible coach and has a poor history

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    He proved this when he gave away a winnable SB against the Eagles because he refused to play his best CB….. And before you say Butler was not the Patriots best CB that season…..then tell me why he played more snaps at that position than any other CB that season? Brady and the offense played their tails off and your geniuses ego and his defense lost that game by allowing a backup QB move up and down the field at will. Bill’s ego lost that SB and it also lost him the respect of a good number of the players and fans.

    As for Stidham being the starter over Newton, unless Cam is injured, he will be the starter.

  16. Really looking forward to see this re-incarnation of a dude that hasn’t really played in years. Loved him before his granny scarf, but he’s more about his presentation than anything else. Show me!

  17. realdealsteel says:
    July 13, 2020 at 10:55 am
    The Pats are the favorite in that division. Easily. Tied for best defense in that division with the Bills but I’ll take Cam over Josh Allen any day of the week. Remember, Cam has thrown for over four thousand yards in a season. We will never see inaccurate Allen of the Bills being able to pass like that.

    If you go look it up, go see who was the most inaccurate QB in the NFL last year. It was Josh Allen.

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    He also had a horrible td/int ratio with 23 tds, and a horrendous 20 turnovers.

    Why Bills fans like this flawed qb is way beyond me other than delusion and homerism.

  18. What is this thing people have with Cam, he’s had 1 great season an average and a whole lot of below average seasons and people think he’s sooo great, well he isn’t! More of a middle of the road QB especially since the top QBs now days have 4-5 to 1 TD to INT ratios, Cam’s NEVER been close to those numbers, N-E-V-E-R.

  19. flash1224 says:
    July 13, 2020 at 9:54 am

    OMG!!!
    What about 2018??

    Look at his numbers for the first 11 games under N Turner before he was. Injured.

    Completion 68% 3-1 td to int ratio 400 rushing yards
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    OMG why do some people insist on cherry-picking the numbers, that takes away from any point you’re trying to make!

  20. BB has never kept 2 qbs and one being a rookie like he did with Stidham in 2019.
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    yes he did – hoyer’s rookie year, after the media experts said he’d neve rely on a rookie for only backup. don’t ever waste time trying to guess what he already knows.

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