Bill Belichick calls quarterback competition “healthy”

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Cam Newton is the Patriots’ starting quarterback until he’s not. At some point, first-round choice Mac Jones will supplant Newton.

Who knows when that will be.

Bill Belichick has said Newton is the team’s starter but then conceded Thursday it’s a healthy competition.

“Cam’s getting better every day. Mac is getting better every day. They are pushing each other,” Belihcick told Willie McGinest of NFL Media, via WEEI. “Competition makes us all better, so it’s been healthy and we’ll see how it goes.”

Jones has gotten more reps in team drills than Newton the past two days, according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, but Newton is unconcerned.

11 responses to “Bill Belichick calls quarterback competition “healthy”

  1. By continuing to say “Cam Newton is my qb”, all it was the whole time, was a way to fire up Jones (not that he needs more desire by most accounts), so BB could see how he reacted.

    3 preseason games coming.

  2. Seems to me this is a way to keep the carrot in front of Newton so he doesn’t get complacent. It’s easy for him to feel that there’s no way a rookie is going to beat him out.
    Bill wants Cam to know that he’s “competing” for the starting job.

  3. Belichick gives some deference to veterans with a track record. He also treats rookies like rookies. Whether 1rst rnd or undrafted. At the end of the day, BB will start the player at every position that gives the team the best chance to win. And he won’t lose a minute of sleep over it. Just like the QB controversy in Cleveland or Brady vs Bledsoe

  4. tb12gronk87 says:
    August 5, 2021 at 6:35 pm
    Stidham’s preseason records are in jeopardy

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    You sir, win the internet today.

  5. Can’t wait to see Mac leading the team…. If I have to wait a bit so be it, but it sure will be worth it…. Pats got in without giving up 1 bit of draft stock & can surround him with talent for 4-5 years without an issue due to STILL HAVING all their picks !!!!??

  6. This is why Brady walked

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    The Pats fans on profootball talk pretty much demonstrate the mentality of Pats coaches, Pats GM and most of Pats fans : We don’t need Brady.

    They basically thought that with Troy Brown or Deion Branch, a QB was supposed to produce top 10 offense, score 24+ in playoff and deliver winning drives in SB; they basically thought that because Pats had Gronk who was injured half of the time, a QB was supposed to produce top 4 offense, and scored 24+ in playoff.

    That is why Brady walked.

  7. kissbillsrings says:
    August 5, 2021 at 9:32 pm
    Can’t wait to see Mac leading the team…. If I have to wait a bit so be it, but it sure will be worth it…. Pats got in without giving up 1 bit of draft stock & can surround him with talent for 4-5 years without an issue due to STILL HAVING all their picks !!!!??

    Yessir. Can’t wait.

  8. Stidham’s preseason records are in jeopardy
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    I hope Mac can practice like Stidham as well. Supposedly Stidham would light up the #1 D in the land during December 2019 practices. Well at least that is what we have been told.

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