Report: Cam Newton wins Patriots’ quarterback battle

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Bill Belichick has made a decision on his starting quarterback, and, as expected, Cam Newton has won the job, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

Belichick told his players during a team meeting Thursday morning.

Newton won a three-way battle with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

Newton, 31, is the most accomplished of the trio with Stidham in his second season and Hoyer a journeyman who has started 38 games in 11 seasons with seven teams. Newton has a league MVP and has started a Super Bowl.

Newton spent nine seasons in Carolina before the Panthers released him March 24. He remained on the open market until agreeing to terms on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots on June 28.

He now faces the tough task of replacing a legend in New England.

Tom Brady, who now is in Tampa, has started the past 60 games for the Patriots dating to his four-game suspension for Deflategate. He missed only 19 games with the Patriots since taking over the starting job in Week Three of 2001, including 15 missed games in 2008 after injuring his knee in Week One.

The job, though, now belongs to Newton.

46 responses to “Report: Cam Newton wins Patriots’ quarterback battle

  1. That’s the good news. The bad news is that McDermott (Bills) was the the defensive coordinator with the Panthers when Cam was their quarterback and knows his tendencies and weaknesses.

  2. Bigger question – will Belichick keep all three?
    I guess probably: if Newton gets hurt and Stidham not ready, Hoyer is a seasoned vet.

  3. Gonna be weird seeing all these guys in different uniforms, Newton, Brady, Succop, Diggs, the list is endless…

  4. A lot of people for some reason dismissed Tom Brady’s toughness. He has missed playing time due to an injury once in his 20 year career (well, twice if you count the 2.5 quarters of the 2001 AFCCG). He took many beatings and was always available to play. His career has been twice as long as Cams, and they appear to be headed for retirement around the same time in a couple of years.

  5. Every time I read his name I hear that stupid chant. Bri-an Hoy-er clap clap clap clap clap…. I then laugh so it works out well

  6. buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56 says:
    September 3, 2020 at 4:09 pm
    That’s the good news. The bad news is that McDermott (Bills) was the the defensive coordinator with the Panthers when Cam was their quarterback and knows his tendencies and weaknesses.

    And the bad news for the Bills is Trash Allen is still the QB.
    Enjoy second place, AGAIN

  7. With Covid19, no otas or camp, it benefitted someone like Newton. If healthy, it is possible he propels his 2020 season into a big payday elsewhere as I am sure Stidham will be ready as he would have been this offseason, but stunting that progression and growth, had to have hurt.

    We shall see, but Stidham best be ready in case the injury prone rental for 2019, if they can even play a full season, because Newton will look shaky early on in the consistency dept. I am expecting a lot of running and with that, comes a chance being injured…like Bledsoe in 2001. Whoops! Did I just say that?

    Stidham is the guy in 2021, though. No way BB gets into the 25-30
    mil range on Newton.

    The only good news is, defenses haven’t a clue on how this offense will look, which is an enormous advantage with teams wondering the plays they’ll run, etc.

    Advantage BB, regardless.

  8. Belichick’s record in New England when Brady did not start…

    18 Wins & 19 Losses

    2000: 5-11
    2001: 0-2
    2008: 10-5
    2016: 3-1

  9. IF he’s healthy-and i emphasize IF-the Patriots got a steal-no draft picks and practically no salary-for a starting quarterback with his physical talents.

    His quarterbacking brains-i don’t know.

    But who saw this coming July 7th? He signed July 8th. Talk about an out of the blue-POSSIBLE-quarterback upgrade.

  10. I hope he does great. I wish nothing but good things for him. For all the grief this guy has gotten, you’d think he had killed someone, as opposed to having one bad day (in the Super Bowl) and wearing unusual clothes.

  11. jcdough says:
    September 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm
    Belichick’s record in New England when Brady did not start…

    18 Wins & 19 Losses

    2000: 5-11
    2001: 0-2
    2008: 10-5
    2016: 3-1
    —————————-

    So… 13-6 since 2008? 75% winning percentage in the last 10 years?

  12. Just like a Fig Newton bar, Cam is soft and crumbles under pressure. He may dress the part. But when it comes time to play the part, he can’t handle it.

  13. Belichick’s father coached at the Naval Academy. If you watch his offenses over the years, there have always been elements of the flexbone/triple option and the passing game plays off of that. It’s a lot like Andy Reid. Everyone thinks he throws a lot of passes, but that’s because it’s predicated off this kind of run-base offense that’s difficult to defend.

    If Cam is healthy, we’re going to see something completely other.. like we saw with the read-option with RG3 in 2012. No one was running it in the NFL before, but now everyone has it in their offence. Belichick’s about to introduce the next new wrinkle to it.

    Watch out!

  14. Looks like Jarrett gets an additional year of mentor ship in the Pats system, MAYBE 2 IF the Pats franchise him next year…..

  15. If he is healthy they will win the division. Miami still isn’t even looking to compete. The Jets, well I take Belichick over Gase with just about match up and the Bills don’t have a QB that will beat Belichick when it matters.

  16. Of course he did. Who really thought the others would beat him out? If his health holds up lookout for the Pats.

  17. “It was laughable people actually thought Stidham would win the job”
    __________

    Winning the job would be one thing but prior to the Cam signing a lot of fans thought they’d just hand the job to Stidham with basically no competition at all. That idea would have been openly ridiculed by every other fanbase in the league.

  18. Only the third Patriots Week 1 starting quarterback in 27 (twenty-seven) years. Intentionally not counting Matt Cassel’s respectable but temporary role.

  19. Remember when Patriots fans said they wouldn’t miss a beat with Stidham? That doesn’t appear to be accurate now that he can’t even win the starting job.

  20. jcdough says:
    September 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm
    Belichick’s record in New England when Brady did not start…

    18 Wins & 19 Losses

    2000: 5-11
    2001: 0-2
    2008: 10-5
    2016: 3-1
    ———————————
    So you’re saying that after BB had 2 seasons to implement his system with his players he went 13-6 with a guy who hadn’t started in college and a guy who hadn’t started a game, oh and a rookie third string QB when Brady went down and was screwed out of 4 games. I like his chances of success with a highly motivated former league MVP.

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