Brian Hoyer: Last few days a whirlwind, but no excuse for my play

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Every member of the Patriots had to make some adjustments over the last few days because of quarterback Cam Newton‘s positive COVID-19 test.

Safety Devin McCourty said it was “nerve-racking” to go through retesting after finding out about Newton’s test while noting that being in the NFL creates a “sense of security” that most people don’t have in the United States because of the constant testing.

McCourty and others had to reset their minds to play on Monday instead of Sunday, but quarterback Brian Hoyer had even more to do. He had to get ready to start on short notice and struggled before getting pulled in favor of Jarrett Stidham in the second half. After the game, Hoyer said the circumstances were no excuse for his play.

“It was a whirlwind,” Hoyer said, via the Boston Herald. “But that’s just the world we’re living in, in 2020. You just have to make the most of it. It had nothing to do with the bad plays that I had.”

Stidham got off to a good start by leading the Patriots to a touchdown, but a pair of interceptions later in the game helped seal New England’s fate and send them home in hopes of a calmer week of preparation for the Broncos.

14 responses to “Brian Hoyer: Last few days a whirlwind, but no excuse for my play

  1. Cam Newton is clearly the best choice for right now but Stidham should be the number 2 and get some reps for sure. Decent runner, thows a beautiful ball. Needs some hard lessons he won’t get by sitting on the bench. He should get the next start and be inserted into any blowout win or loss and get ready to take over the offense. Neither guy got reps so I get they had issues. It was the worst possible scenario for New England and they hung in there for a long time before KC rose up and put it away.

  2. Hoyer seems like a really good guy, but he seems to under perform whenever he actually gets in a game. I’d like to see him get in a game and freakin’ light it up. Maybe next week? Well, maybe not.

  3. Not know about the number of time-outs is high school ball, they are going to dump this guy and they should.

  4. I’m still mystified by the rookie-level mistakes Hoyer made. He’s been with the Patriots for half his NFL career, the home of the “situational football” mantra, but he doesn’t know he’s out of time outs? And to hold on to the football forever and get sacked rather than throw it away, when you were Brady’s backup for years? I can’t get over the one where the defender brushed his arm and yet he seemed unaware that meant imminent danger.

    Nice guy, but I think this is his last season in the NFL. Who would want him after seeing the film of this game?

  5. Why are some NE clamouring for Stidham to get action?? In what universe can Stidham carry Cam Newton’s jock-strap if Newton is healthy?!?!?

    Why not just hope that Newton regains his pre-injury form. If he does the Patties can be a force for another decade. Stidham’s greatest NFL accomplishment came in a pre-season game. SMDH!!

  6. Good guy, but now CLEARLY #2 on the depth chart. Hope Cam is back for Denver….or Stid gets the nod.

  7. harveyredman says:
    October 6, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Why are some NE clamouring for Stidham to get action?? In what universe can Stidham carry Cam Newton’s jock-strap if Newton is healthy?!?!?

    Why not just hope that Newton regains his pre-injury form. If he does the Patties can be a force for another decade. Stidham’s greatest NFL accomplishment came in a pre-season game. SMDH!!

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    Hang on, who is saying the Patriots should play Stidham instead of Newton? I sure haven’t seen or heard that. As long as Newton is out, I would advocate for Stidham over Hoyer, as I think most Patriots fans would after last night, but that’s as far as the Stidham cheerleading is going right now.

  8. “Nice guy, but I think this is his last season in the NFL. Who would want him after seeing the film of this game?”

    To be honest, I was asking myself why anyone wanted him after his 4-INT + 2 Fumble performance for the Texans in the playoffs.

    The fact he played as bad as he did when given the chance should surprise nobody and, if anything, is Belicheck’s fault for keeping this guy on the roster.

  9. But wait. The Pats fan once told us not to worry that Cam Newton would never be the starting quarterback, Stidham would be, and the only reason BB had him on the team was to keep Stidham on his toes. What’s his position now? LOL!

  10. ajg314 says:

    But wait. The Pats fan once told us not to worry that Cam Newton would never be the starting quarterback, Stidham would be, and the only reason BB had him on the team was to keep Stidham on his toes. What’s his position now? LOL!

    Obsess much (Ace Ventura voice)?

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