Bill Belichick Gets Brutally Honest About Cam Newton
Bill Belichick got brutally honest about Cam Newton this week.
The New England Patriots quarterback situation is in flux for the first time in two decades. Tom Brady’s defection to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers forced Belichick and Co. to scramble and find a replacement, and that is precisely what they ended up doing.
Initially it looked like the race for New England’s starting quarterback spot was a two-man contest between Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. And the only way Hoyer was getting it was if Stidham got hit by a truck.
But then something interesting happened.
The Carolina Panthers decided it was time to start anew under former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. As a result, they opted to cut ties with Newton, who had been with the franchise since being drafted in 2011.
That paved the way for Newton, a Super Bowl-tested former MVP, to join the Patriots.
Now he is in the running to beat out Stidham for the starting quarterback spot.
Bill Belichick Likes What He Sees From Cam Newton
This week, Belichick was asked how he felt about Newton’s performance thus far in training camp.
“Cam’s a hard-working kid,” he said. “He really is.”
Bill Belichick on Cam Newton: “Cam’s a hard-working kid. He really is.”
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 14, 2020
Belichick is not one for empty praise, so his positive words regarding Newton have to be rooted in something he is seeing.
Newton has been plagued by injuries for the last few years, and his numbers reflect that. If he can finally get healthy, and if he and Belichick can get on the same page, the Patriots could surprise a lot of people in 2020.