If Cam Newton is to replace Tom Brady as a starting quarterback from the new English patriots, he will have to earn a job in a training camp. Bill Belichick has decided to stop naming Newton as QB1.
“This place is the same as all the other places on the team. We have a long way to go. We’ll see how things turn out,” Belichick said in his first public remarks on Friday since Newton signed with the team. “I can’t control how players play; it depends on them. We will give everyone an opportunity to see what happens. I do not know.”
Belichick has been consistent with this type of approach in his 20 seasons as a Patriots coach, although there is no doubt who would start the quarterback when Brady takes the top spot in 2001, helping the franchise company to its first of six Super Bowl championships.
The departure of Brady’s agent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March created a mammoth that Newton – based on his career – is the main candidate for the cast after agreeing to a one-year contract with the club in late June.
“We spent a lot of time with Cam, [had] a few different people and a few different conversations that are just trying to figure out how fit they would be. From our point of view, it was very positive. I’m glad it worked out, “Belichick said.
The main competition in Newton will be the selection of the fourth round of Jarrett Stidham, a colleague from the Aluminum Stock Exchange, in 2019. Brian Hoyer, an 11-year veteran, is also on the depth map along with undefined agent Brian Lewerke of Michigan.
Last year, Stidham served as the patriots’ top backup and helped organize throwing meetings with receivers in suburban Boston for several months. When Newton officially joined the Patriots, he teamed up with some of the team’s losers in Los Angeles over the past month, such as Julian Edelman and the 2019 first-round pick of N’Keal Harry.
However, Newton has to come to terms after losing a team virtual out-of-court program during a coronavirus pandemic.
“The meetings were beneficial for all of us – for the players, the staff – a kind of connection. I felt like we were doing what we could do. We got a lot of the opportunities we had,” Belichick said, acknowledging that differ from the ability to practice in the field.
As for how the owners create the notebook without naming the initial quarterback, Belichick said it would be the same as it was during the first 20 years of his tenure.
“You have set up a general structure that you are implementing. Everyone must learn certain basics and certain basics. Every player, no matter how long he has played – whether it’s two years or 20 years – still has a basic process to the training camp. in the position of this player, “said Belichick. “This is where we start. This is, in my opinion, what needs to be done, regardless of who the player is or what position he is playing in. …”
“I don’t think you start in a training camp where your football team gives a triple or double reverse pass, or similar things that could highlight a particular player. These are things that come down a little. “
While the Patriots’ plans to replace Brady will be closely watched, it will also be closely watched as the team adapts to six high-level NFL players retiring from the 2020 season, Dont Hightower’s linebacker group, Patrick Chung’s safety and starting the right solution Marcus Cannon.
Belichick asked him in response to his non-attendance and said, “I all respect them. I talked to the boys and they explained their situation to them. They have had to make the decision that is best for them, and I fully respect and support it 100 percent. “
Belichick added that he was not sure if there would be more players who could decide to cancel the season.
“Everyone has to decide on an individual basis. They have to consider their own situation,” he said. “Each of us is unique and we all have different lives, situations, families, environments and so on.”