Cam Newton: Josh McDaniels can call some stuff he hasn’t been able to call before

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After Cam Newton agreed to a contract with the Patriots, former Patriot Randy Moss said that we’ll have a chance to see “really see how fun that offense can really be” with a player like Newton at quarterback.

Moss was careful to note that his comments weren’t meant to discredit anything Tom Brady did in New England while talking about his interest in seeing what Newton can do with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels calling the shots on offense. Newton shared a similar view during a roundtable discussion with Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Todd Gurley for Beckham’s YouTube channel.

Newton said he felt disrespected by the lack of interest in his services this offseason, but changed to feeling “vindicated by some degree” by the fact that the Patriots moved to sign him as the possible heir to Brady. He also noted that he offers McDaniels a chance to do some new things in the offense.

“We have to talk about the elephant in the room,” Newton said. “You know who you’re coming after? I’m like ‘Yeah, great.’ What he was, what he is, is great, needs no even talking about it. But one thing about it though: Coach McDaniels, you’re able to call some stuff that you ain’t ever been able to call now. You’re getting a dog. You’re getting one of these ticked off dogs, too. And I’m looking at the schedule and I’m like ‘Who we’re playing? That team passed on me! OK, that team passed on me. They could’ve came and got me.'”

We wondered last week whether McDaniels might look to his experience coaching Tim Tebow when it comes to molding the offense around Newton, but it’s a safe bet that things are going to look different whether he draws on his past or comes up with something completely different for the first days of post-Brady football in New England.

44 responses to “Cam Newton: Josh McDaniels can call some stuff he hasn’t been able to call before

  1. Yeah, coaching Tebow is just like coaching Cam. Press just can’t let go, can they?

  2. Cam Newton: Josh McDaniels can call some stuff he hasn’t been able to call before
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    Does McDaniels call the fake punts? There will be more opportunities for those

  3. I can’t believe how some people think Newton will be an upgrade from Brady!
    Newton doesn’t have the pocket presence and awareness Brady does nor the accuracy and pin point touch.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Newton wasn’t even the starter in week 1.

  4. not a cam fan but if he really is healthy, which he looks, and is going to play with that chip on his shoulder this season then the rest of the afc east should prepare for another year of also ran status

  5. Newton 1ST has to EARN the starting position over Stidham before he should start talking crap….. be humble!!!

  6. Mr. Humble is back!

    Too bad he doesn’t have Mr. Big Chest on the team as well.

  7. I don’t speak for Pats fans, but I haven’t heard anyone, outside of the idiotic p6, say Newton is an upgrade over Brady. He’s an upgrade over Stidham, at this point in Stidham’s career. It’ll be different, it’ll be interesting. May not work. Sure looking forward to watching it(I hope).

  8. Wow, great show of modesty from the savvy vet.

    Yeah McDaniels can now move into the era of calling single read, lock-in yet overthrow your receiver concepts.

    Cam is a bum.

  9. This stuff is just getting stupid. How can you possibly “discredit anything Brady did in NE”?? These people are expecting CAM NEWTON to come in there and exceed what TOM BRADY was able to do in that offense??

    What is WRONG with these people?? Cam Newton goes to NE on a dirt-cheap prove-it deal and everyone becomes a MORON.

  10. I can’t fault NE for picking up Newton for what amounts to a bag of chips in the NFL, but I’d be lying if I said I expected him to become a different player. And by different, I mean good.

  11. Belichick is the ultimate don’t-turn-it over, coach. SCam is the ultimate risk taker QB. Sounds like a recipe for success. LMAO

  12. Nobody is claiming Cam will be better or even near Brady. They are saying, correctly, that a player like Newton, who doesn’t run with a piano strapped to his back, will expand the playbook by a factor of at least 1.33. I wholeheartedly agree.
    Brady, and his cement legs, absolutely limited the playbook. Anyone with eyes could see that.
    Newton is NOT Brady, not even close, but he is a completely different type of football player, come what may of it.

  13. No Cam – he’ll be restricted in what he can call – you aren’t bright enough to master half the stuff Brady could handle. You cannot manage to fall on a fumble. You lack common sense as well. But you can run – and then you whine when you are hit.

  14. dapop says:
    July 14, 2020 at 9:57 am
    I can’t believe how some people think Newton will be an upgrade from Brady!
    Newton doesn’t have the pocket presence and awareness Brady does nor the accuracy and pin point touch.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Newton wasn’t even the starter in week 1.

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    Stidham is likely an upgrade from how subpar Brady was the last 2 regular seasons. You don’t think BB sees what some honest fans have seen?

    Brady was well below his norm in 2018 and 2019 in the regular season and had a middling super bowl vs the Rams. Look how he middling he was through the Pitt game in 2018. It was alarming. BB told him to stop checking into the pass all the time, they ran a lot vs KC and shredded them.

    Brady got bored, the ego took over and he wanted stats for one last big contract and BB knew it. Moss did this, Welker, Butler, Brady…They all did it and made it about them and basically checked out in postseasons.

    The pattern was there. Whoever wins the job, they will be an automatic upgrade over Brady, the D will be even more rested for more domination and people will be on the watch by December again. Book it. The team is loaded with talent. The media bashing BB the GM are complete morons. Protecting the Brady regular season failures of Brady in 2018 and 2019 is not going to work. The facts are the facts. Regardless of any Brady Fanboy excuse, the facts are there in the last 2 seasons. Brady just snappee out it in late 2018, which was the only difference. Skipping OTAs in 2019 was the ultimate slap in the face to the team, fans and new, good looking WRs in Harry and Meyers.

  15. tedmurph says:
    July 14, 2020 at 10:22 am
    I don’t speak for Pats fans, but I haven’t heard anyone, outside of the idiotic p6, say Newton is an upgrade over Brady. He’s an upgrade over Stidham, at this point in Stidham’s career. It’ll be different, it’ll be interesting. May not work. Sure looking forward to watching it(I hope).

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    I am not a Newton person, but before he got hurt in 2018, he was destroying Brady’s numbers. Brady sucked. His own snobbery and poir habits surfaced and he did it to himself with entitlement and Giselle induced ego. BB saw it and put a stop to it in late 2018. Do you wven watch the games?

    And, guess what? Newton won’t ignore NE’s loaded backfield like Brady did last year either.

    A 31 year old hungry Newton will be better than a 43 year old, arrogant, big headed qb whose feet are now stuck in cement.

    TB does not have the OL, RBs or an Edelman. lol

    I know more about this sport than you could ever dream of knowing. You’re a Brady Fanboy only and a child, while an embarrassment to longtime season ticket holders and fans who were watching long before you were even born.

  16. grant35 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 11:10 am
    Belichick is the ultimate don’t-turn-it over, coach. SCam is the ultimate risk taker QB. Sounds like a recipe for success. LMAO

    2018 Cam Newton under N Turner.
    Before the injury

    3400 yards 68% completion 24 passing TDS 4 rushing tds (28 tds) 500 rushing yard 13 turnovers
    Not exactly horrible actually pretty good.
    So IF he continues to take the coaching he will be fine.

  17. Yeah, and there’s also a whole lot of stuff he can’t call anymore. Try hitting the cerebral 2 second wr option read in 20 degree weather. Or the 30 yard touch pass to exactly the pylon. One thing though, he’s much closer to Tebow than Brady

  18. “I am not a Newton person, but before he got hurt in 2018, he was destroying Brady’s numbers.”
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    You either have your years wrong or you were watching some other league. Cam had been in steady decline since his 2015 MVP season so 2018 certainly wasn’t a peak year for him even before he got hurt. Brady threw for 4,300 yard 29 TDs and 11 INTs that season. Cam had 3,300 yards 24 TDs and 13 INTs and his rushing had dropped off considerably from the 2017 season AND Carolina went 6-8 when he was starting.

  19. TB does not have the OL, RBs or an Edelman. lol

    Let’s not get crazy, guy.
    Tom Brady in Tampa has better TE (3) and way better WR as a group.
    Statistically TB will have a better season at 43 than Cam.

    That being said I obviously hope Cam does well.

  20. I really liked the signing. If Cam is healthy, he can certainly be a handful.
    Brady has been the all time great. The GOAT. Architects should be planning the statue.

    But…….if I had to choose between a 31 year old Newton for $7.5 Mil (max for 1 year), or a 43 year old Brady for $60 Mil (max over 2 years)……….well, tough choices bring tough decisions.
    The 42 year old wasn’t the 40 year old. If Tom loses another half step this year, that second year would be a tough pill, heading into Stidham’s third year.

  21. “Whoever wins the job, they will be an automatic upgrade over Brady, the D will be even more rested for more domination and people will be on the watch by December again. Book it. The team is loaded with talent.”

    Huh?

    The only real standout player on the Pats is Gilmore. They lost 3 key cogs on defense. Most of the rest of the D is fairly old (Chung, McCourty, Hightower). No real pass rush to speak of.

    On offense, their best skill player is a 34-year-old slot guy. The line has gotten progressively worse each season, and no longer has Scar to patch it together.

    The Pats MAY be the least talented team in the division. They still have BB, which is a great equalizer. I had them in 3rd place before getting Cam. Cam on there means they are back in the mix & can still contend for the division lead, but they’d still be a longshot, imo. The division has improved, top to bottom, and it won’t be the softball it’s been for 2 decades.

  22. I know more about this sport than you could ever dream of knowing. You’re a Brady Fanboy only and a child, while an embarrassment to longtime season ticket holders and fans who were watching long before you were even born.
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    Why didn’t you use your “I forgot more football than you will ever know”? If you are so knowledgeable the why to you constantly make up stats and metrics? You are an embarrassment to real Pats fans. Get it little guy?!

  23. Yup, instead of calling a passing play on 3rd down or in the red zone…. he can call a passing play where the vain QBL who trusts his legs more than his arms, will scramble short of the line.

    Also something to note – Newton has been in the league for 9 years and he has been to the playoffs 3 times. He is no leader.

  24. dannywhiteqb11 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm
    I know more about this sport than you could ever dream of knowing. You’re a Brady Fanboy only and a child, while an embarrassment to longtime season ticket holders and fans who were watching long before you were even born.
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    Why didn’t you use your “I forgot more football than you will ever know”? If you are so knowledgeable the why to you constantly make up stats and metrics? You are an embarrassment to real Pats fans. Get it little guy?!

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    Umm, you’re a Cowboys fan. Laughable.

    Brady sucked in the 2018 and 2019 regular seasons for his ceiling. I don’t need to make up anything. The numbers and what happened on anyone’s tv screen back it up.

    Max Kellerman is annoying and jealous of Brady being on the Pats but he wasn’t wrong.

    Good thing BB slapped Brady in a meeting after that Pitt game in late 2018.

  25. flash1224 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 11:45 am
    TB does not have the OL, RBs or an Edelman. lol

    Let’s not get crazy, guy.
    Tom Brady in Tampa has better TE (3) and way better WR as a group.
    Statistically TB will have a better season at 43 than Cam.

    That being said I obviously hope Cam does well.

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    You are missing the point. Arians is overrated. A big reason why Winston had so many picks is because of the o line and the deeper routes by those WRs means you need a run game and a great pass blocking O Line.

    Brady struggles with no camp with in house vets like Hogan, Gronk and Dorsett, James White, Burkhead, etc, in 2018 and somehow brand new human in TB are going to automatically work with a worse OL absolutely zero run game, etc? Playaction is vital to what Brady needs. Outside of 2007, that’s always been true for his deeper stuff.

    They could very easily start 0-2. Easy.

    Remember all the hits Brady took in early 2017 behind a top 5 o line? You know that happened? He was trying to get Cooks the ball on routes 20-25 yards down field on every target to him.

    Arians sucks. He got Ben killed, Luck killed and will bet Brady killed. TJ Logan is supposed to scare Ds? lol

    Defenses are way too fast and athletic these days and cement shoes Brady will struggle.

  26. I am not a Newton person, but before he got hurt in 2018, he was destroying Brady’s numbers.
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    Another made up stat by Crylaw.

    Through 14 games.

    Newton 6-8 record

    Passing yards – 3,395

    TD/INT – 24-13

    Completion % – 320-471 67.9%

    Brady 9-5 record

    Passing yards – 3,979

    TD/INT – 24-9

    Completion % – 338-513 65.9%

    Look how crazy Newton destroyed Brady’s #s! It’s as horrible as Drago/Apollo round #2. Newton did destroy Brady in rushing yards 471 to 35 (16 games). Is this what you meant?

  27. mogogo1 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 11:44 am
    “I am not a Newton person, but before he got hurt in 2018, he was destroying Brady’s numbers.”
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    You either have your years wrong or you were watching some other league. Cam had been in steady decline since his 2015 MVP season so 2018 certainly wasn’t a peak year for him even before he got hurt. Brady threw for 4,300 yard 29 TDs and 11 INTs that season. Cam had 3,300 yards 24 TDs and 13 INTs and his rushing had dropped off considerably from the 2017 season AND Carolina went 6-8 when he was starting.

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    What was the Norv Turner year before he got hurt? That one. Maybe it was 2017. The point is, before he got hurt and Turner worked with him, he was ascending and Brady has been regressing since his 2017 mvp season.

    Get it?

    I am not saying Newton even wins the job over Stidham. Newton needs to be prepared to possibly not play the entire game or even most of it depending upon the opponent. BB will probably choose one guy over the other after the first 4 games of the year, but it may be patchwork approach until then.

  28. “Brady sucked in the 2018“

    Brady 2018

    Brady threw for 4,300 yard 65% 29 TDs and 11 INTs

    That doesn’t suck. And you left out the part about him playing 6 games with an injury to his right knee (that happened in the Tennessee game)
    After the 2 weeks off he was great in the playoff game bs the chargers and we all know what he did in KC

    If Winston “sucked” like that last season the Bucs probably would have been a playoff team

  29. Brady struggles with no camp with in house vets like Hogan, Gronk and Dorsett, James White, Burkhead, etc, in 2018 and somehow brand new human in TB are going to automatically work with a worse OL absolutely zero run game, etc? Playaction is vital to what Brady needs. Outside of 2007, that’s always been true for his deeper stuff.

    The official stat … no offense threw more passes 15 to 20 down field than Arians offense..

    The QB who was most effective in those passes the last FIVE years
    Tom Brady.

    From PFF.

    He’s not going to take 7 step drops he’s going to get rid of the ball quick like he always does with those 3 TE. And they will open up the middle downfield for the WR

  30. Umm, you’re a Cowboys fan. Laughable.
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    Not a Cowboy fan. Danny White was my favorite childhood player. Been a Pats since the Grogan days. Are you a Pats fan because you handle use to have Ty Law in it? You sure you are not a Jets, Chiefs or Broncos fan?

  31. Hah, Newton’s 2018 stats are completely padded. Trubisky could dump it off to McCaffery for 33% of his completions.

  32. nathanp2013 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 2:05 pm
    Hah, Newton’s 2018 stats are completely padded. Trubisky could dump it off to McCaffery for 33% of his completions

    Yes genius that means he took the coaching!! Don’t force it downfield into coverage if the guy underneath is open.

    That’s what you would want ANY QB to do. Go through your reads and if they are covered take the higher percentage completion

    That’s what EVERY coach would tell a QB the question is will they take the coaching.

    Why is this so hard for people to grasp?

    It’s not a video game you can’t throw the ball 30 or 40 yards downfield field every play

  33. TB doesn’t have an Oline? They have one of the best interior lines in FB. They drafted a top 5 OT. They don’t have an Edelman? No, they have 2 absolute studs at WR. Pats have a DEEP backfield, but the #1 guy is a JAG. Not even top 20. Insecure people who constantly try to prove to everyone how much they know often know the least.

  34. I’m trying to think of what plays that would be…..maybe QB run left when he can’t read the defense, QB run right when he can’t read the defense, and QB run up the middle when he can’t read the defense. Maybe that’s what he’s talking about.

  35. flash1224 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm
    nathanp2013 says:
    July 14, 2020 at 2:05 pm
    Hah, Newton’s 2018 stats are completely padded. Trubisky could dump it off to McCaffery for 33% of his completions

    Yes genius that means he took the coaching!! Don’t force it downfield into coverage if the guy underneath is open.

    That’s what you would want ANY QB to do. Go through your reads and if they are covered take the higher percentage completion

    That’s what EVERY coach would tell a QB the question is will they take the coaching.

    Why is this so hard for people to grasp?

    It’s not a video game you can’t throw the ball 30 or 40 yards downfield field every play

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    It’s funny how every other QB in today’s NFL can “force it downfield” unlike Cameron. It’s more likely, he can’t read a defense and anticipate routes to throw it downfield and has to dump it off to a safety valve like McCaffery. That’s why he was 22nd out of 32 QB’s in yards per attempt in 2018… and that’s the year stat Pat fans are crowing about.

    The reality is that NE won’t have Cam as the “starter”… he will be a package player that will get around 20 snaps a game.

    Cam cares about one thing… Cam

  36. Tedmurph is spot on. No Pats fan believes Newton is an upgrade over Brady but we are looking forward to seeing what happens.

    Brady was a closer, whether leading or trailing. Unbelievably clutch..

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