Bill Belichick on QB decision: We’ll do what’s best for the team

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After Sunday’s preseason finale against the Giants, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he hadn’t decided on a starting quarterback for the season opener against the Dolphins.

Momentum in the competition between incumbent starter Cam Newton and this year’s 15th overall pick Mac Jones seems to have swung toward the rookie, particularly after Newton missed three days of practice last week due to a “misunderstanding” about COVID-19 testing protocols. But when asked a series of questions on Monday morning about the looming choice, Belichick’s answers boiled down to, “We’ll do what’s best for the team.”

Does Belichick have to make that decision soon because the playing styles are so different?

“I feel like whatever we do in the next couple days, like every day, should be what’s best for our football team and that’s what we’ll try to do,” Belichick said in his press conference.

Is there potentially a competitive advantage to not publicly stating who the quarterback will be in Week One?

“Well, would it be best for the team to know what the situation is at certain positions? We’ll do what’s best for the team,” Belichick said.

Newton finished Sunday’s game 2-of-5 passing for 10 yards with an interception. Jones was 10-of-14 for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Overall Jones received significantly more preseason snaps than Newton, which Belichick noted was by design.

“That’s true in a lot of situations,” Belichick said. “Players that have played a long time got fewer snaps. And players that haven’t played as much — rookie players, younger players — got more snaps. And again, you balance off the game snaps with the practice snaps. So, again, it’s a big composite, it’s not any one thing, one play, one day. We have a volume of work to look at and that’s what we’re going to do. That’s what we want to do.”

Miami head coach Brian Flores worked for New England for over a decade, so he has some understanding of how the Patriots could go about naming — or not publicly naming — a starter. Either way, Flores and the Dolphins should have plenty to think about when preparing for their Week One opponent.

14 responses to “Bill Belichick on QB decision: We’ll do what’s best for the team

  1. I would like to pre-order the future best seller “What I Was Really Thinking All Those Years” by Bill Belichick. I figure that one will make a few bucks when it comes out.

  2. “We do what’s best for the team”

    Bill should have kept that in mind in the SB against the Eagles when his defense made Nick Foles look like Joe Montana

  3. Since Cam is NOT vaccinated, that alone should be the clear sign he’s not a leader. A true leader would get vaccinated , not only for the good of the team, but for society too.

  4. Newton’s the starter, but I wouldn’t bet against Jones starting sometime this season.

  5. Mac and cheese has played excellent and if he’s your future BB should start him. If he struggles Cam is right there and can handle the pressure of coming in of the bench better. I’d start him.

  6. That woukd be Mac Jones for numerous reasons including outplaying Newton and being vaxxed like a good person and teammate.

  7. nhpats2011 says:
    August 30, 2021 at 9:30 am
    “We do what’s best for the team”

    Bill should have kept that in mind in the SB against the Eagles when his defense made Nick Foles look like Joe Montana

    4 4 Rate This

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    And when Brady looked like butterfingers Welker.

    The irony.

  8. touchback6 says:
    August 30, 2021 at 10:16 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    August 30, 2021 at 9:30 am
    “We do what’s best for the team”

    Bill should have kept that in mind in the SB against the Eagles when his defense made Nick Foles look like Joe Montana

    4 4 Rate This

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    And when Brady looked like butterfingers Welker.

    The irony.

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    Brady passed for over 500 yards and BB’s defense couldn’t stop the Eagles even once…

    His defense blew that game just like they did the two losses against the Giants

  9. Since Cam is NOT vaccinated, that alone should be the clear sign he’s not a leader. A true leader would get vaccinated , not only for the good of the team, but for society too.
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    There are plenty of players in the league not vaccinated. I think it’s dumb but it’s unfair to judge him on that. How many starting quarterbacks are not vaccinated does that make them unfit for their role? Are you calling them out as well, if so, name them.

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