Bill Belichick: Cam Newton gave us everything he had

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The Patriots revealed their starting quarterback choice a week ago when they released Cam Newton and left Mac Jones set to claim the starting role as a rookie.

Jones taking the No. 1 job wasn’t a shock given his status as a first-round pick and his strong play during the preseason, but Newton’s release was more surprising given the way Bill Belichick had talked about the quarterback over the last two years. Belichick didn’t offer much about Newton during a press conference the day after the move, but had a bit more to say on WEEI Tuesday.

Belichick said there was some thought to keeping Newton as a backup, but “in the end we did what we felt was best.” He also said that he no bad memories about Newton’s time with the team.

“I have nothing but positive thoughts and feelings for Cam,” Belichick said. “He came in here, he worked hard. He gave us everything he had. Right now, our future is going to be Mac at quarterback, and that is where we’re going to go.”

Newton has not signed with another club and it’s not clear when or if another opportunity is going to come, which leaves him with plenty of time to see how Jones does as the starter in New England.

52 responses to “Bill Belichick: Cam Newton gave us everything he had

  1. Cam was an MVP at one point, but now his body is broken down and his arm is shot. We may not see him take another snap.

  2. To those who think “running” QB’s are the future of the game, take a look at Cam’s fall from grace. His body broke down.

  3. He came in here, he worked hard. He gave us everything he had, but was still beat by a rookie.

  4. In baseball it’s Wally Pipp. Now in football, the cautionary tale with be “don’t be Cam…get vaccinated”.

    Until his Covid protocol snafu, Cam was leading in this horse race. Why give someone the slightest opening? Maybe Cam understands, but I will never will. Oh well…season is starting, LET”S GO!!!!

  5. He will probably get called in when someone needs a QB. There are a few teams (Texans come to mind) that may be giving him a call pretty fast once QB1 goes down.

  6. Belichick has a track record of standing up for players. He cuts them. He pays then in accordance with his perception of their value, and many call that cheap. People may see all of that as mutually exclusive. I don’t.

    Belichick realizes the team comes first. Listen to the way he speaks of players like David Patten, Julien Edelman and Cam Newton. He knows it’s a player’s game and the skill, discipline, hard work and teamwork it takes to win. He doesn’t play favorites. He plays the players who give the team the best chance to win.

    I don’t think a player or a fan could ask for more.

  7. This is where we’ve come to as a society. You can’t be honest with anyone. Say nice things so you don’t get slammed in social media and then do what’s best for your team.

    Cam was an MVP for his legs, not his arm (59.8% completion that year). His career completion percentage is 60%. That’s slightly worse than Daniel Jones and the same percentage as Dwayne Haskins.

    Cam is entertaining and possibly a hard worker but a cerebral QB who can quickly diagnose defenses and deliver a quick accurate throw to the correct receiver in 2.5 seconds? Never in a million years.

    If you need someone to truck smaller DBs while getting protected like a QB? Cam is your guy.

  8. The shoulder injuries have taken their toll. He was never very accurate to begin with, and never had good mechanics. I watched a lot of his games over the years (Panthers are always on where i live) and he never looked as bad as he did last year.

    I dont know that he gets another shot anywhere.

  9. BB knew he wasn’t going anywhere with Cam, might as well start the rookie and see what happens.

  10. tigerlilac says:
    September 7, 2021 at 8:47 am
    Belichick has a track record of standing up for players. He cuts them. He pays then in accordance with his perception of their value, and many call that cheap. People may see all of that as mutually exclusive. I don’t.

    Belichick realizes the team comes first. Listen to the way he speaks of players like David Patten, Julien Edelman and Cam Newton. He knows it’s a player’s game and the skill, discipline, hard work and teamwork it takes to win. He doesn’t play favorites. He plays the players who give the team the best chance to win.

    I don’t think a player or a fan could ask for more.

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    BB didn’t play all the players that gave the Patriots the best chance to win in the SB against the Eagles. He put himself and his enormous ego ahead of the team. That is why Brady and Gronk walked

  11. LOL. “Everything he had” was a swipe at Cams intelligence and work ethic..
    The weekly wardrobe choices must have blown a circuit…

  12. tigerlilac says:
    September 7, 2021 at 8:47 am
    Belichick has a track record of standing up for players. He cuts them. He pays then in accordance with his perception of their value, and many call that cheap. People may see all of that as mutually exclusive. I don’t.

    Belichick realizes the team comes first. Listen to the way he speaks of players like David Patten, Julien Edelman and Cam Newton. He knows it’s a player’s game and the skill, discipline, hard work and teamwork it takes to win. He doesn’t play favorites. He plays the players who give the team the best chance to win.

    I don’t think a player or a fan could ask for more.

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    I can’t, and that includes walking from diva Brady and all his antics that apparently go back years and years with that drama.

    All hail BB. Thanks for everything.

  13. Mac, being drafted at #15, is clearly the future for the Patriots. The best situation for Mac is to be able to progress without a former MVP with a big personality in the equation. That doesn’t mean that Cam is a bad quarterback.

  14. This thing is simple on the face of it. Last year, Cam Newton had no job as an NFL quarterback. There was a reason that every team didn’t sign him. The Patriots were desperate, so they did.

    After one year of watching him, I can conclude that he’s a backup at this point.

    Mac Jones (at this point in his development) looks impressive. In camp, the comparison was not close.

    Belichick let Newton go (I’m guessing) because he wanted to see what other opportunities arose, of any, other than being the backup QB in New England.

    It’s true that with his current skill set, there’s a chance that he’s played his last down in the league.

  15. Cam didn’t know the playbook or the best dressed assistant locker room manager in the NFL,Frankie Thompson. Two strikes in NE and you’re out.

  16. Newton spilled a lot of his blood on NFL fields. He’s a tough guy and he has taken some beatings over the years and he, like any QB not named Tom Brady, has slowed down from the wear and tear. Especially a guy like Newton who ran like a fullback.

  17. Cam was just a fill-in for last year which was a retooling year for the Patriots. BB knew who was going to be available in FA and had a $168 million war chest that he spent. He knew he stood a good chance of getting Matt Jones in the draft and he did. In one year he turned the Patriots around. He had a plan and he executed it perfectly.

  18. Cam gave it all he had. At one time, that was enough for him to earn one of 32 coveted jobs as an NFL starting quarterback. That is no longer the case.

  19. Cam did just about everything right with the Patriots at a time when they really needed it. There were times when he looked like he could be good, and there were times when he struggled. I think he would have been better this year than last year for a lot of reasons. I really came to like him a lot more than I did before. I watched every press conference and he was humble, thoughtful, open to criticism, and NEVER threw anyone else under the bus for what was a tough situation, where a number of people bore some responsibility. His head was in the right place. I hope he gets another shot. I tip my hat to the man, and wish him nothing but the best.

  20. Miami, Washington and Dallas are super bowl contenders with Cam Newton. Without him their yearly floundering will continue.

  21. Cam was always overrated. The league and media promoted him. His career QB rating of 85.8 puts him in David Garrad and Trent Green territory. He could never throw a spiral, and pouted like a baby after his superbowl loss, where he showed how inept he really was.

  22. Cam has always been more flamboyant than that which I’m comfortable. At this point, it appears he does not have the physical skills to start in the NFL and maybe not the humility to serve as a backup. I don’t think his ego could take it and that’s probably why Belicheck let him go. I wish him well in his life after football.

  23. To be fair Cam was a consummate professional during his time in New England. He never threw his teammates under the bus and did the best he could but at the end of the day, he just wasn’t a good fit for the Patriots offense. I do wish him the best .

  24. Historically running QBS don’t last long in the NFL. The defenses are too big, fast and a running QB is going to take a pounding.

    The Patriots put a lot of emphasis on intelligence, especially the QB position. They want someone who can read defenses, adjust accordingly and knows the playbook inside out. The comments that Jones was helping Cam with the playbook (shocking) was a big factor IMO.

    I think Cam was a nice guy who gave it everything he had, but he was never going to be the answer to the QB position. The Pats reloaded big time in the off season. We’ll see how it all pans out, but BB realized the team has more potential with Jones as his QB.

  25. He will probably get called in when someone needs a QB. There are a few teams (Texans come to mind) that may be giving him a call pretty fast once QB1 goes down.

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    No team will be calling Cam in any circumstance until he gets vaccinated … no team is going to take on the risk to all QB’s in the room

  26. I just thank god hes gone newton made games unwatchable now they can do what should have been done last year let the young guys develop together.

  27. What if Mac gets injured early in the season? The only thing I hated worse than watching Cam play was watching Hoyer choke.

  28. bubfu says:
    September 7, 2021 at 11:52 am
    What if Mac gets injured early in the season? The only thing I hated worse than watching Cam play was watching Hoyer choke.

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    Let’s just hope we don’t need to rely on Jarrett “pick-6” Stidham

  29. If a coach cant count on his starting qb to be available then it begin and ends right there. Can’t game plan.

  30. The Patriots put a lot of emphasis on intelligence, especially the QB position.

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    No, they didn’t until recently, otherwise they wouldn’t have signed Cam. Given what quarterback coach said about Cam last season, it is obvious that they had no clue that it was intelligence that made Pats offense work, not their designs and schemes.

  31. I was never a fan of Newton during his Diva days. Once he became a Patriot though, he became a model teammate. He showed early, left late and worked hard (from all accounts) He gained my respect. He obviously wants to keep playing. I wish him luck finding a team..

  32. Cam was always overrated. The league and media promoted him. His career QB rating of 85.8 puts him in David Garrad and Trent Green territory. He could never throw a spiral, and pouted like a baby after his superbowl loss, where he showed how inept he really was.

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    Even in his mvp season, his numbers were about as good as Kirk Cousins.

  33. tigerlilac says:
    September 7, 2021 at 8:47 am
    He [Belichick] plays the players who give the team the best chance to win.

    I don’t think a player or a fan could ask for more.

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    One exception: Malcolm Butler, SB LII. The loss that should not have been. It reminds me of the Russian hockey coach pulling Tretiak in the 1980 winter Olympics.

  34. Cam is a real likable guy, despite being overrated and self-centered. Anyone watching him last year knew he was done. Not sure why the Pats even brought him back.

  35. eagleswin says:
    September 7, 2021 at 8:49 am

    This is where we’ve come to as a society. You can’t be honest with anyone. Say nice things so you don’t get slammed in social media and then do what’s best for your team.

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    The gracious thing to do is to take Belichick’s word at face value on this.

  36. From the get go, Cam was a cheap placeholder for what was a lost season, in terms of the Pats being a contender, even before Covid-19. They held on to Cam because they didn’t know what they had in Mac Jones, remember Stidham?. Once they got a good look at Jones, Cam was a goner. If Jones goes down for any period of time, the Pats wouldn’t win significantly more games with Cam than with Hoyer. Not enough to keep them in contention. I’m hoping that Jones will develop into a franchise QB, like Steve Young replacing Joe Montana, but that’s just that, hope.

  37. Let’s just hope we don’t need to rely on Jarrett “pick-6” Stidham whats with all the stidham hate he has never even gotten a real chance.

  38. I do not like Cam because of his dippy celebrations and pouting, but he is better than a couple starting QBs in the league right now. I’d rather have Cam Newton lead an offense than Carson Wentz or Andy Dalton.

  39. Angel Valle says:
    September 7, 2021 at 3:15 pm
    Let’s just hope we don’t need to rely on Jarrett “pick-6” Stidham whats with all the stidham hate he has never even gotten a real chance.

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    Given BB’s drafting of Mac Jones I would say BB has seen all he needed to see from Stidham.

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