Bill Belichick gives Cam Newton vote of confidence

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The Patriots have won the division every year since 2008 when Tom Brady tore an ACL in the season opener. They still finished 11-5 that season.

The Patriots would have to go undefeated to win 11 games this season, and they appear headed nowhere after losing their fourth in a row to fall to 2-5.

Only days after Cam Newton said “losing is not acceptable” in New England, the Patriots lost again with a crucial turnover by their quarterback. Newton has started the past three losses after returning from a one-game absence for COVID-19.

He will start again next week.

That was the word from Bill Belichick after the game.

“Cam’s our quarterback. It’s the way it’s been all year,” Belichick said, via multiple reports.

Despite a pregame report the Patriots could pull Newton a second consecutive week if his mistakes continued, Newton played start to finish. He had the Patriots in position for at least a game-tying field goal.

Down to the Buffalo 19-yard line with 37 seconds left, Newton fumbled at the end of a 5-yard run and Dean Marlowe recovered for the Bills. .

“How do you think we were feeling?” Belichick said when asked his feelings about Newton’s fumble.

Probably not very good. But apparently not bad enough to bench Newton either.

The Patriots have Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as options behind Newton, who went 15-of-25 for 174 yards. He also rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

Newton still has thrown only two touchdown passes this season. He now has rushed for six scores.

65 responses to “Bill Belichick gives Cam Newton vote of confidence

  1. I’m not sure if this is it, but it feels like we should just pull the plug and see if Stidham is the answer now while there’s time.

  2. Unless he’s just saying that, I have no idea what that accomplishes. You’re renting Newton at 2-5, who has been overall pretty horrible with a very good line and RBs. You’d think a qb would like that formula.

    Newton has 8 seconds to throw on almost every down, and even still, he is indecisive.

    Good news is, numerous young draft picks look good as they showed today, but would look better with Stidham. He’s everything Newton is not. Ball out, accurate, will run when he needs to instead of hesitating. Lots of hesitation from Newton.

    I am ok with the start of a rebuild a la 2010/2011 during a pandemic.

  3. First time in a generation, Pats fans finally getting a taste of how the other side lives.

  4. Don’t worry NFL fans, those Bostonians will leave the Pats very quickly. Nothing more to see here, they’re toast.

  5. The only conclusion from this is that BB saw enough of Stidham that he would rather continue starting Cam. They need to draft a new QB and start with a clean slate next year.

  6. Cam was much more effective today than prior weeks, mostly because they ran him. If he isn’t a running threat, he sure can’t be effective as a passer because he’s not accurate and making quick reads is not his strength.
    But it doesn’t matter. I think he starts a few more games to see if there is anything they might be able to build on with him next year because there aren’t going to be a lot of teams throwing money at him. But then I think they will have Stidham start the final 4 games or so to see how he progresses. In the meantime some of these receiver no-names will prove worth keeping or not.
    The Pats are absolutely in re-building mode. But they get 5 starters back next year who opted out and they have a ton of salary cap space next year to leverage. They’re not going to be a sub-500 team next year. But they need to figure out what direction to go at QB– Cam, Stidham, free agent or draft.

  7. touchback6 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    Unless he’s just saying that, I have no idea what that accomplishes. You’re renting Newton at 2-5, who has been overall pretty horrible with a very good line and RBs. You’d think a qb would like that formula.

    Newton has 8 seconds to throw on almost every down, and even still, he is indecisive.

    Good news is, numerous young draft picks look good as they showed today, but would look better with Stidham. He’s everything Newton is not. Ball out, accurate, will run when he needs to instead of hesitating. Lots of hesitation from Newton.

    I am ok with the start of a rebuild a la 2010/2011 during a pandemic.

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    Funny how feelings change from a month ago huh. Anyway, your time is up on this board.

  8. I’m glad there are black QB’s out there now like Russel Wilson and Patrick Mahomes to change the narrative that black QB’s may be physically gifted but otherwise limited QB’s. Cam Newton never did anything to change that perception.

  9. “I thought you were smart,belichick.
    Guess I’m wrong.”

    Lol he’s taking the hit from 20 years of salary cap manipulation in 1 season, had 10 players the most of any team opt out for covid including 6 or 7 starters, and most people predicted this was not going to be a great season for the Pats.

    Even with a lowered salary cap next season due to covid Bill has a decent amount to work with. I’m not too concerned about this season, but I will be disappointed if the Pats don’t return to being competitive in 2020.

  10. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm
    touchback6 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    Unless he’s just saying that, I have no idea what that accomplishes. You’re renting Newton at 2-5, who has been overall pretty horrible with a very good line and RBs. You’d think a qb would like that formula.

    Newton has 8 seconds to throw on almost every down, and even still, he is indecisive.

    Good news is, numerous young draft picks look good as they showed today, but would look better with Stidham. He’s everything Newton is not. Ball out, accurate, will run when he needs to instead of hesitating. Lots of hesitation from Newton.

    I am ok with the start of a rebuild a la 2010/2011 during a pandemic.

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    Funny how feelings change from a month ago huh. Anyway, your time is up on this board.

    @@@@@@@222

    I’m pretty sure he is not a man of his word.

  11. Love to know who your team is on here boasting about BB being done. Today was the highlight of your whole lame week. Ya bum

  12. Patriots probably move up a few spots in power rankings since the “chess master” has reassured us all.

  13. cobrala2 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:07 pm
    Don’t worry NFL fans, those Bostonians will leave the Pats very quickly. Nothing more to see here, they’re toast.

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    Of course they will. Kiss the rings and move on.

  14. Who is giving Belichick a vote of confidence? After another questionable coaching decision (onside kick in the third quarter when the other team can’t move the ball consistently?), he’s the one who needs to be questioned. Not to mention the pain of watching AJ Brown and DK Metcalf dominate while N’Keal Harry continues to do nothing for us.

  15. chunga85 says:
    It’s truly a dystopian world when the Pats are 2-5.
    ==

    Nope. Just a normal world experiencing a long-overdue correction.

  16. I am not sure what is more laughable, anybody trying to take a shot at Belichick for this season’s performance with a roster that is probably weaker than Alabama’s at the skill positions, or people still trying to hype up Lamar and the Ravens.
    Belichick is still the best coach of all time, and the other GOAT Tom Brady is still pretty darn good. Their combination and 20 year dominance is something we won’t ever see again.
    KC should have 1-2 more good years but then their salary cap troubles will destroy their team.

  17. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm
    touchback6 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    Unless he’s just saying that, I have no idea what that accomplishes. You’re renting Newton at 2-5, who has been overall pretty horrible with a very good line and RBs. You’d think a qb would like that formula.

    Newton has 8 seconds to throw on almost every down, and even still, he is indecisive.

    Good news is, numerous young draft picks look good as they showed today, but would look better with Stidham. He’s everything Newton is not. Ball out, accurate, will run when he needs to instead of hesitating. Lots of hesitation from Newton.

    I am ok with the start of a rebuild a la 2010/2011 during a pandemic.

    —————

    Funny how feelings change from a month ago huh. Anyway, your time is up on this board.

    ————-

    I don’t think Covid19 is “funny” at all, lil Trumpy.

    What we learned is that guys are open and Newton has regressed since contracting Covid. They beat KC with Newton, Denver and had no business losing this one today.

    Josh Allen blows in his 3rd year. I would be incensed if my team was trying to sell me on him.

    Newton is a rental but he shouldn’t be this bad after Covid19, unless they aren’t telling us about some aftereffects.

  18. I am not sure what is more laughable, anybody trying to take a shot at Belichick for this season’s performance with a roster that is probably weaker than Alabama’s at the skill positions

    Genius Chess Master Belichick IS the GM of the Pats. Blows my mind how Patriots fans either don’t realize that or are such bandwagon fans they could care less about the facts.

  19. directdriver says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    The only conclusion from this is that BB saw enough of Stidham that he would rather continue starting Cam. They need to draft a new QB and start with a clean slate next year.

    25 3 Rate This

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    Are you aware of Covid and no offseason or preseason?

    Get an IQ. Just get any IQ.

  20. I just want to make clear that this life-long Patriots fan, who remembers the 1-15 years, is taking this season off; not because they suck this year, we all knew this day was coming, after 20 years of awesomeness.

    No, I am taking this season off because of the way Bill Belichick essentially forced Tom Brady out of town. Brady knew he still had gas in the tank – he always said he’d retire when he sucked – and after 20 years and six rings, he deserved better than to be made to feel unwanted.

    I am a Brady fan, and won’t root for the Patriots again – win or lose – until Tom finally retires.

    In no way should this be construed as “jumping off the bandwagon”. When Brady retires, I’ll be a Pats fan again no matter how much they might suck, and we can always bask in the greatness of the Greatest Dynasty Ever.

  21. LamarIsAGoodRunningBack says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:46 pm
    I am not sure what is more laughable, anybody trying to take a shot at Belichick for this season’s performance with a roster that is probably weaker than Alabama’s at the skill positions, or people still trying to hype up Lamar and the Ravens.
    Belichick is still the best coach of all time, and the other GOAT Tom Brady is still pretty darn good. Their combination and 20 year dominance is something we won’t ever see again.
    KC should have 1-2 more good years but then their salary cap troubles will destroy their team.

    3 3 Rate This

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    This happened in 2010 and 2011 as well, a proper rebuild which yielded a second dynasty, and even our own moron Millennial fans didn’t respect the process there either.

  22. Are you aware of Covid and no offseason or preseason?

    Get an IQ. Just get any IQ.

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    You of all people should not question anyone’s IQ. Are you a man of your word? Will you leave this site if the Pats lose the division?

  23. touchback6 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:51 pm
    Jimmypinthe416 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm
    touchback6 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    Unless he’s just saying that, I have no idea what that accomplishes. You’re renting Newton at 2-5, who has been overall pretty horrible with a very good line and RBs. You’d think a qb would like that formula.

    Newton has 8 seconds to throw on almost every down, and even still, he is indecisive.

    Good news is, numerous young draft picks look good as they showed today, but would look better with Stidham. He’s everything Newton is not. Ball out, accurate, will run when he needs to instead of hesitating. Lots of hesitation from Newton.

    I am ok with the start of a rebuild a la 2010/2011 during a pandemic.

    —————

    Funny how feelings change from a month ago huh. Anyway, your time is up on this board.

    ————-

    I don’t think Covid19 is “funny” at all, lil Trumpy.

    What we learned is that guys are open and Newton has regressed since contracting Covid. They beat KC with Newton, Denver and had no business losing this one today.

    Josh Allen blows in his 3rd year. I would be incensed if my team was trying to sell me on him.

    Newton is a rental but he shouldn’t be this bad after Covid19, unless they aren’t telling us about some aftereffects.

    ————

    Jokes on you. I’m not even American. Do you ever stop putting your foot in your mouth. Anyway, like all of us say, your time on this board is up.

  24. Newton has now lost three in a row for NE … which hasnt been done since Brady in 2002. He just isnt the answer. Is Hoyer hurt ?

  25. touchback6 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:56 pm
    directdriver says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    The only conclusion from this is that BB saw enough of Stidham that he would rather continue starting Cam. They need to draft a new QB and start with a clean slate next year.

    25 3 Rate This

    —————-

    Are you aware of Covid and no offseason or preseason?

    Get an IQ. Just get any IQ.

    ——————-

    Everyone was in the same boat. Excuses are lame. Justin Herbert and joe burrow are proof. And Stidham has a year on them. Good luck.

  26. Belichick is exposed. No amount of cheating can salvage his reputation now. He should have retired and let McDaniels take the fall.

  27. Pats were 1 play from beating the Seahawks, should have beat the chiefs, and should have at least tied the bills. They aren’t terrible. But at 2-5, it’s A stretch to make the post season. But they are quickly becoming the team you don’t want to play if you definitively need a win.

  28. As a Pats fan I wrote this season off as once the effects of covid19 hit. No off or even preseason work to teach the complex offensive and defensive schemes the Pats use particularly to their rookie QB. The number of key players opting out didn’t help. When Belechick signed Cam I knew they had no chance of going anywhere this year. This was a holding action to prep for next year.

  29. Jokes on you. I’m not even American. Do you ever stop putting your foot in your mouth. Anyway, like all of us say, your time on this board is up.
    —————

    Why tell that Martian? Not only will he call you a Millennial but now a foreign Millennial.

    I like your posts. Making fun of that guy comes easy but it is nice in numbers.

  30. dwhite11 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 6:11 pm
    Are you aware of Covid and no offseason or preseason?

    Get an IQ. Just get any IQ.

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    You of all people should not question anyone’s IQ. Are you a man of your word? Will you leave this site if the Pats lose the division?

    4 1 Rate This

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    Me of all people? I know what my iq is and it’s not near 100. Well, well over that. Meanwhile, I see knuckledraggers everywhere ignoring Covid19.

    Look at the idiiots here who don’t get basic economics and finances. BB built 2 dynasties with the approaches. He also groomed the qbs of his choosing. I like the dynasties and I like the tried and true approaches over 20 years.

    Yes, I will leave for the season when and when NE has slowly and efficiently continued to build through the draft, I will be thrilled
    knowing it was done the right way again. I like what I am seeing minus the qb right now, and I don’t agree with BB here. Newton was better today, but he’a still pretty bad. NE wins 3 games vs KC, Denver and today with even a slightly better qb. McDaniels sucks as well. The fascination with a run based qb who can’t run that well, is bizarre.

    Lastly, I live rent free in your head, bandwagoner. Will you leave the fanbase and go back to your Cowboys? That’s the better question.

    Your anger and jealousy towards what the greatest GM
    and Coach in nfl history, is delicious.

  31. gronkhof says:
    November 1, 2020 at 6:27 pm
    Pats were 1 play from beating the Seahawks, should have beat the chiefs, and should have at least tied the bills. They aren’t terrible. But at 2-5, it’s A stretch to make the post season. But they are quickly becoming the team you don’t want to play if you definitively need a win.

    1 0

    l—————-

    Absolutely. Best 2-5 team, talent wise I’ve seen, it’s just that he turns it over at the worst times. Never liked the guy. Was cringing when he was dancing after the td run.

  32. Censorship doesn’t change minds says:
    November 1, 2020 at 6:41 pm
    What is Bill’s overall record without Brady?

    0 0 Rate This

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    When has GM control or not? And without a pandemic? It’s very good, 14-6 or something since promoting Brady in 2001.

    He was 3-1with JimmyG, 1-0 with Brisset and 11-5 with Cassel.

    Once he traded for Testaverde, I don’t know what the overall record was, but it was good and they were sb favorites

    It takes a franchise move midseason or a pandemic to pretend’s BB’s football resume since 1975, all of a sudden doesn’t mean anything. Just logic of a complete moron.

    This is the low iq world we live in.

  33. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 6:16 pm
    touchback6 says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:56 pm
    directdriver says:
    November 1, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    The only conclusion from this is that BB saw enough of Stidham that he would rather continue starting Cam. They need to draft a new QB and start with a clean slate next year.

    25 3 Rate This

    —————-

    Are you aware of Covid and no offseason or preseason?

    Get an IQ. Just get any IQ.

    ——————-

    Everyone was in the same boat. Excuses are lame. Justin Herbert and joe burrow are proof. And Stidham has a year on them. Good luck.

    8 1 Rate This

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    Talk to BB. It’s pretty well known the Pats system is complex and a qb needs time with it.

    Stidham has had a whole year off and those guys just played a season last year.

    It’s not the same thing. Quite frankly, if BB wasn’t working daily with Stidham in early March when Covid19 blew up, it’s just simply not the same context.

    Seems pretty dumb to see Newton’s horrendous play and pretend a more accurate passer with 7 seconds to throw and a good run game, wouldn’t benefit.

    McDaniels is horrible. Saw no pony sets today and numerous subbing of the backs yet again, stalled drives.

    Never a Newton fan or McDaniels.

  34. Touchback6 was the biggest Stidham fan a few months ago. What happened?

    It must be sad to be so confident yet so consistently wrong when it comes to talking about football. LOL.

  35. touchback6,

    Sorry, 51 – 65 is the answer we were looking for, 51 – 65.

    It truly is a low iq world

  36. Censorship doesn’t change minds says:
    November 1, 2020 at 6:41 pm
    What is Bill’s overall record without Brady?
    ________________________

    Why the cherry-picking of stats?

  37. Cam Cheating is just dreadful. Thankfully the Beantown Cheaters only signed him to one year. He’ll be a third stringer next season and out of football after that.

  38. Brady stepped off the Titanic with a bourbon and a cigar and didn’t even get his Tom Ford tuxedo wet.

  39. Steve Cunningham says:
    November 1, 2020 at 8:20 pm
    Why the cherry-picking of stats?

    Is it not fair to wonder if maybe Bill is just a tad overrated when he’s had the best qb of the modern era if not all time, playing at below market value? And what other way to measure such a thing, other than his record without said qb?

  40. touchback6 says:

    November 1, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Censorship doesn’t change minds says:
    November 1, 2020 at 6:41 pm
    What is Bill’s overall record without Brady?

    0 0 Rate This

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    When has GM control or not? And without a pandemic? It’s very good, 14-6 or something since promoting Brady in 2001.

    He was 3-1with JimmyG, 1-0 with Brisset and 11-5 with Cassel.

    Once he traded for Testaverde, I don’t know what the overall record was, but it was good and they were sb favorites

    It takes a franchise move midseason or a pandemic to pretend’s BB’s football resume since 1975, all of a sudden doesn’t mean anything. Just logic of a complete moron.

    This is the low iq world we live in.

    —————————————-

    Dude, if you’re gonna talk about a low iq world at least get your numbers correct.

    Jimmy G was 2-0, Jacoby was 1-1, and Cassel was 10-5.

    And why are we forgetting his record pre Brady? 5-13 in NE and a losing record in Cleveland.

    Brady hid plenty of the flaws of Belichick the coach and gm. Don’t know how the next few years are gonna turn out but at this moment it looks like it was The Brady Way and not The Patriot Way. No players are gonna be coming to NE on the cheap to chase a ring or play for Belichick. They would rather play with Brady.

  41. More haters then ever and the Pat’s have a losing record lol the jealousy and envy is ridiculous.

  42. The Patriots would be far better team with even Stidham or Hoyer starting. Cam is terrible. Constantly throwing behind wide open receivers.

  43. My lack of IQ, according to certain commenter, tells me if BB thought so highly of Stidham he would’ve made him the starter before the season started. And even in a so far 4 game losing streak he is still sticking with Cam. If that’s not telling of his opinion of Stidham, I don’t know what is. It’s not like he’s a coach not willong to roll the dice. After all he’s the one who started a young fourth stringer in 2001…

  44. “but would look better with Stidham. He’s everything Newton is not. Ball out, accurate, will run when he needs to instead of hesitating.”
    ___________

    He’s a 4th round draft pick and plays like one. 27 career pass attempts with 4 INTs versus a single TD. QB rating in the 30s. Has never played well in a real game. And apparently has looked so poor in practice he started out the season 3rd string behind Hoyer and can’t get a start even with Newton playing terribly.

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