Bill Belichick: I would imagine Cam Newton starts in Week 17; we’ll see

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It sounds like the Patriots won’t be making a change at quarterback.

Cam Newton has started 14 of New England’s 15 games this season, missing one while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Head coach Bill Belichick wasn’t definitive when asked during a Tuesday interview on WEEI if Newton would start the season finale against the Jets, but came pretty close.

I would imagine [that he’ll start],” Belichick said, via Ryan Hannable of WEEI. “We’re going through that now. We’ll see.”

Belichick also said he thought Newton “did what we asked him to do” during Monday’s loss to the Bills.

Newton was again benched for Jarrett Stidham in the second half of that game. Newton finished just 5-of-10 passing for 34 yards, getting sacked twice. He also had four carries for 24 yards with a rushing touchdown.

Overall this season, Newton has 2,415 yards passing with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s amassed 513 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Stidham was 4-of-11 for 44 yards in relief. He was also sacked once.

In the same interview, Belichick noted there’s some truth to the theory that New England wouldn’t find out anything the club doesn’t already know by starting Stidham in Week 17. Still, Belichick said Stidham will get an opportunity to prepare and play at some point.

“Whatever that point is, I don’t know,” Belichick said, via Zack Cox of NESN.

It sure seems like it won’t be in the 2020 season.

17 responses to “Bill Belichick: I would imagine Cam Newton starts in Week 17; we’ll see

  1. ariani1985 says:
    December 29, 2020 at 3:56 pm
    Let the stidham decade of dominance begin!

    Get a clue, he’s not very good.

  2. Belichick’s press MO works OK when they are winning or in close games but becomes super thin when they are really lost in the ozone against decent teams.

  3. I’m not sure why the scene from Magnum Force always pops into my mind while watching Cam this year. . .

    WRs: Excuse me, captain, this may sound silly, but. . . can you pass?

    Cam: Nope. Never had a lesson.

  4. Belichick is 68.
    It all comes down to how successful he is at finding a new QB.
    If he drafts a so-so one, how long does he give him, 2 years?

    He will be 71 and again draft a QB. If thats not the right one then does he retire?

    If Stridham showed anything he would have gotten playing time a long time ago. He’s a bust.

  5. If Newton is close to any reachable bonus money incentives, he might end up sitting so the team can save some cash.

  6. Belichick is 68.
    It all comes down to how successful he is at finding a new QB.

    —–

    Plus how much he is willing to spend on offense.

  7. zonedout100 says:
    December 29, 2020 at 4:09 pm
    ariani1985 says:
    December 29, 2020 at 3:56 pm
    Let the stidham decade of dominance begin!

    Get a clue, he’s not very good.
    ————————————–
    You might want to get a clue yourself, ariani isn’t a Patriots fan. That was actually a smart-as$ remark.

  8. I actually hope its Cam that starts.
    1) I think the Jets might win, and the Pats could conceivably hit the #12 draft spot.
    2) Any veteran QB (Stafford??) would have to be impressed with the loyalty BB has shown Cam.
    3) Any free agent receiver (regardless of skill level)has to believe they will be a starter.

    Stidham stays as a backup. Gilmore is trade bait to get a higher draft pick for a QB, or a veteran QB starter. Lots of cash available for quality receivers.

  9. Every fan wants to see Stidham. Even if he’s not the answer, he’s capable of throwing a professional-level ball. Newton looks like he’s throwing pies in a Three Stooges skit.

  10. Still considering starting the guy who can’t throw the ball 10 yards… at this point,I think that I would rather have seen Belichick leave than Brady. He’s a stubborn mule. Top this all off by losing to the Jets. Great season,Bill!

  11. I continue to think that Belichick’s public loyalty to Cam has something to do with BB wanting to be the QB-whisperer. He wanted/wants to bring Cam back from exile & make him into Brady2.0, winning multiple SBs with a washed-up QB.

    Otherwise, I have no idea what BB is doing.

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