Josh McDaniels praises Cam Newton’s leadership

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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says Cam Newton has provided exactly the kind of leadership a team wants from its veteran quarterback.

“I think Cam’s a tremendous example of what a leader is supposed to be,” McDaniels said, via the Boston Herald. “Leadership isn’t easy. Being up front, playing quarterback in the National Football League is certainly a challenge. There’s a lot of highs and lows that you’re going to experience. Cam, he’s never wavered from his work ethic, from his attitude, from the way he approaches practice, the effort he gives on a daily basis.”

This season hasn’t been as successful as the Patriots are accustomed to, but McDaniels said Newton does everything right.

“I think his accountability, his ability to take responsibility for the good and the bad I think has been a great example for all of our guys on our team to see,” said McDaniels. “He’s really a joy to coach. I look forward to continuing the process.”

The 4-5 Patriots face an uphill battle for Newton to lead them to the playoffs.

37 responses to “Josh McDaniels praises Cam Newton’s leadership

  1. Devin McCourty & Matt Slater are the main leaders of this team, now that Brady has left the building. Cam was a leader during his stint with Carolina, so he is accustomed to the role, but he comes only after these two.

  2. People forget that Brady executed a conservative gameplan early in his career to 3 super bowl victories in 4 years.

    Those early Brady teams did not have stars at receiver nor tight-end. They had strong offensive lines and both a running and short passing game. They had strong defenses and excelled on special teams, played clean games with few penalties and win turnover battles.

    Belichick is trying to repeat that model but is thin on the defensive line and at linebacker. Despite being attacked as a GM, Bill had a number of young players excel Sunday night on offense, defense and special teams. Harris, Myers, Onwenu, Duggar, Hall, Winovich, Jackson and Bailey all excelled.

    Newton is Bill’s QB this year and likely next year.

  3. Cam has never wavered from his work ethic? Josh must be forgetting about the time Cam decided not to do his job on the biggest stage in sports. Not sure what Newton can accomplish in his career that will make people forget about his lack of effort in SB 50 by refusing to attempt to recover that fumble.

  4. Can Patriots management coddle this guy anymore? Too bad they didn’t keep Brady, but I guess he lacks leadership qualities.

  5. I was not expecting a lot from Newton this year, the bar was pretty low, but I’ve been ok with him. Should of at least tied the Buffalo game, been at least 500 right now. Keep him for another year at cheap money if he takes it til they find the next QB.

  6. Really patting this guy on the back. So unlike the Patriot way. Only the “TEAM” gets credit. What has he accomplished in a few games? They should have patted Brady more. People talk about him whining last year but he had good reason to after 20 years. BB ego stood in the way of keeping him. Now we suffer the consequence this year and…….how many more?

  7. didnthearwhat says:
    November 18, 2020 at 6:49 am
    Can Patriots management coddle this guy anymore? Too bad they didn’t keep Brady, but I guess he lacks leadership qualities.
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    Guess you didn’t watch #Tommy much towards the end in NE, especially last season. Not showing up for off-season workouts even though they had a many new and young receivers, shunning those receivers after 1 mistake, and the pièce de résistance: pouting and acting passive-aggressivly after wins b/c he wasn’t putting up big numbers to help his image/brand. So, yeah, leadership wasn’t great.

  8. It’s telling that McDaniels praises Cam’s ‘leadership’ as opposed to his ability to throw the ball.

  9. Not a big fan of Cam but he has done ok considering all the factors involved in this rather depressing 2020 year…..
    Coming on board late in the off season & trying to learn a new system, no normal training camps or preseason, opt outs & loss of so many key players/coaches…..young players still learning & developmental issues….this year is really not a good period to believe in what is basically a JOKE of what a real season would have provided….

  10. People calling for BB to tank the season and go for Lawrence of Fields don’t understand BB.

    He wants to win every game and would never intentionally lose a game.

    He also knows what he has got to work with and what he wants from Cam Newton.

    BB is not stupid. He knows what a good offence looks like and this isn’t one.

    So, he’s not expecting Cam to throw for 350 yards and 3 TDs every game because he knows he doesn’t have the WRs and TEs to do that with. What he wants is a QB who can provide experience and leadership, stay calm when things are rough and not panic and make dumb decisions that lose them games.

    In Cam he has that, which is why every time the New England press has goaded him about how bad Cam is BB has always stood up to bat for him. If he’d have gone with Stidham there’s every chance the guys lack of experience would have totally killed this team by now.

    Give Cam some decent WR help next year and this offence looks a whole lot better.

  11. New England’s at 4-5 but a couple plays from 6-3, maybe 7-2. Score on final play against Seattle and its a win. Catch an INT (or two) and not take stupid sacks on the 5 yard line and probably beat KC, no fumble with 30 secs to go and tie or beat the Bills. Sure, coulda, woulda, shoulda, but NE isn’t terrible with Newton (Cam wasn’t even there for KC). We’ll see what happens in the final weeks. Need to win out for a chance.
    (yeah, the Jets game was not good, but better DB play that day – got scorched 3 times deep – and it wouldn’t have been close)

  12. NE is trying to get a competitive QB that can run when needed. When Brady had the ball, he was NOT running (34 yards rushing last year). Teams routinely dropped 8 DBs in coverage and it was getting tougher for Brady, especially without top tier receivers. Brady has 8 yards rushing this year. Cam Newton has 335 (and missed a game) and 9 TDs. Maybe Cam’s only a stop gap QB, but NE needed to get away from a one-dimensional QB.

  13. Cam has never wavered from his work ethic? Josh must be forgetting about the time Cam decided not to do his job on the biggest stage in sports. Not sure what Newton can accomplish in his career that will make people forget about his lack of effort in SB 50 by refusing to attempt to recover that fumble.

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    I hope people remember you for your worst moment in your career and completely overlook anything else you may have done.

  14. >> Really patting this guy on the back. So unlike the Patriot way.

    Actually, I think in some sense it is the Patriot’s way. Just like they try and match a player’s usage in a game to their strengths, they seem to choose different management styles they feel will work with different players. Brady always seemed to have a chip on his shoulder and it seemed like Belichick tried to keep that chip there (constantly riding/critiquing him for his mistakes). Perhaps Cam needs a gentler touch to be successful. That would be my guess.

    In terms of leadership, I like a lot of what Cam has to say. He is a very positive leader. Is he at the level of Brady in terms of skill? Maybe not. Remember though that Brady didn’t want to be in NE at the end and Cam jumped hard at the opportunity, signing for little money. I am rooting for him. When my daughter asked for a Newton jersey for her birthday, even though the future outlook of Cam is uncertain in NE, I agreed to it because I like his leadership and attitude.

  15. “Leader” and “Newton” should not be used in the same sentence, unless “not a” is in front of the word leader.

  16. Csaba Baráth says:
    November 18, 2020 at 5:28 am
    Devin McCourty & Matt Slater are the main leaders of this team, now that Brady has left the building. Cam was a leader during his stint with Carolina, so he is accustomed to the role, but he comes only after these two.

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    This is not accurate.

    Edelman, Thuney, Andrews, White, Simon, Guy, etc.

    The last 5 names all hopefully can stick around.

  17. carloswlassiter says:
    November 18, 2020 at 8:58 am
    If Edelman and Gilmore come back NE is not going to be an easy out for anyone.

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    Michel, too. You can’t discount his fresh legs in the 2018 postseason with the 6tds and all those yards.

    He was the postseason MVP.

    It sounds like the Edelman knee procedure has him back to where he was. We shall see, but yeah, an underdog pats team that is better than the national anti-bb media will have you believe, is a dangerous pats team.

  18. kissbillsrings says:
    November 18, 2020 at 8:08 am
    Not a big fan of Cam but he has done ok considering all the factors involved in this rather depressing 2020 year…..
    Coming on board late in the off season & trying to learn a new system, no normal training camps or preseason, opt outs & loss of so many key players/coaches…..young players still learning & developmental issues….this year is really not a good period to believe in what is basically a JOKE of what a real season would have provided….

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    Same. Maybe Covid is why he was so awful when he returned and I don’t get the public praise for being a good game manager the last few weeks. The fumble in Buffalo was irresponsible.

    But, he gets credit for owning it and bouncing back, too.

  19. Cam Newton has been exactly what NE needed after dealing with the GOAT’s ego for the last 5-6 years. He was dealt a tough hand with a team in serious transition and it will take time to make it gel as long as BB and McDaniels give him the support and weapons he needs to make it work. As a Pat’s fan I find it refreshing and fun to watch.

  20. He is doing good things for the team this year. It hasn’t been perfect, but it has been good. As someone mentioned, they are a couple plays away from 6-3 or 7-2. It is very much like the early 2000’s when they won as a team without a ton of superstars. That is why people griping about Brady not having weapons falls flat to us older folks who remember those teams well. Brady was a little pouty and never gave young players like Harry or Meyers the time of day. That absolutely has to harm their psyche and their development.

  21. kissbillsrings says:
    Coming on board late in the off season & trying to learn a new system, no normal training camps or preseason, opt outs & loss of so many key players/coaches…..young players still learning & developmental issues…
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    Can some of you Patriots fans make any more excuses for your guys?
    All of the above applies to many quarterbacks, including rookies that had never played a down in the NFL prior to September.
    Justin Herbert is a rookie with a new coach and system (for him), had no OTAs or preseason, got few first-team reps, and didn’t know he would even start a game until the day of the Chargers’ opener. He’s playing with no more, and in some cases less talent, yet he’s playing light years above Cam Newton right now. The same can be said of Joe Burrow and of late, Tua Tagovailoa.
    Newton is halfway through the season and has just 1,500 passing yards, a lowly QBR of 58.3, a whopping three touchdown passes, and his team is below .500. Cam is what he is, and unlike those younger guys, he’s never again going to be more than he is right now.

  22. “Cam is what he is, and unlike those younger guys, he’s never again going to be more than he is right now.”
    Yes, but the Patriots are who they are. When you are drafting in the bottom 8 year after year, you are unlikely to get a starting QB. Yet BB has 2 right now. Brisset and JimmyG. Herbert and Tua were top 10 picks. The Patriots will be an 8-8 team with Cam. Maybe a year or two from now (when they dump Cam) they can get a top 5 pick and see how lucky they are with drafting a QB

  23. Does a leader sit alone on the bench with a towel draped over his head moping? Or carry an insipid look repeatedly like the one Newton has on his face after every play he’s not happy with?

    Unless Josh meant his leading guys into habadasheries to buy clothes worn by Huggy Bear.

  24. gronkhof says:
    November 18, 2020 at 9:10 am
    NE is trying to get a competitive QB that can run when needed. When Brady had the ball, he was NOT running (34 yards rushing last year). Teams routinely dropped 8 DBs in coverage and it was getting tougher for Brady, especially without top tier receivers. Brady has 8 yards rushing this year. Cam Newton has 335 (and missed a game) and 9 TDs. Maybe Cam’s only a stop gap QB, but NE needed to get away from a one-dimensional QB

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    A great deal of the best quarterbacks ever haven’t been able to run well. It’s nice if they have some elusiveness and speed to extend plays and drives when needed (Elway, Wilson, etc.) but there’s almost a inverse proportional relationship with the hyper ability to run well and passing skill with most of these guys.

    I’d much rather my quarterback be able to have throwing skills and decision making ability while being pocket aware (and being able to move effectively within the pocket) than being a slightly better version of Tim Tebow, who proved over and over he cannot play in this league.

  25. Josh is probably having his best coaching year, even though the team is 4-5 and has won multiple super bowls. This year he actually has to coach without having an advantage at QB every week. It’s like going to battle in a tank instead of a jet. Both can do the job, but completely different to operate. I’ll bet he loves it.

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