If Cam Newton is to succeed Tom Brady as a starting defender for the New England Patriots, he will have to win the job at training camp. Bill Belichick stopped very firmly by naming the team Newton QB1 of the team.
“This point is the same as all the other points on the team. We have a long way to go. We will see how the results,” Belichick said Friday in his first public speech since Newton signed with team. “I can not control how the players perform; it depends on them. We will give everyone a chance and see what happens. I do not know.”
Belichick has been consistent with that kind of approach in his 20 seasons as Patriots coach, though there was no doubt who would start at center-back once Brady took over the top job in 2001, helping the franchise to first place. six of the Super Bowl championships.
The departure of free agent Brady to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Mars has created a mammoth void that Newton – based on his career resolution – is the leading candidate to fill after agreeing a one-year contract with the club in late June.
“We spent some time with Cam, [had] a number of different people and a number of different conversations, just trying to see what the fit would be like. It was very positive on our end. “I’m glad he worked,” Belichick said.
Newton’s primary competition will be the 2019 fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham, an ally of Comrade Auburn. Brian Hoyer, an 11-year veteran, is also on the depth chart along with Michigan State free unskilled agent Brian Lewerke.
Stidham served as the Patriots’ main reserve last year, and he helped organize throw-in sessions with receivers in the Boston suburbs for a few months in the off-season. Once Newton officially joined the Patriots, he was linked with some of the team’s inaccuracies in Los Angeles over the past month, like Julian Edelman and the 2019 first round draft pick N’Keal Harry.
But Newton has room to do more after losing the offseason team virtual program during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The meetings were useful for all of us – for the players, the staff – the kind of collection of things. I felt like we did what we could do. We took a lot of the opportunities we had,” Belichick said, acknowledging that they were different from what they were able to practice on the field.
As for how the Patriots will build a playbook without mentioning a starting defender, Belichick said it will be the same as it was during the first 20 years of his term.
“You create a general structure that you implement. Everyone has to learn certain basics and certain basics. The playerdo player, no matter how long he has played – whether two years or 20 years – still has a fundamental improvement in training camp in the position of this player, “Belichick said. “Here we will start. This, in my opinion, is what needs to be done, regardless of who the player is or what position he plays. …
“I do not think you start in training camp with your football team by introducing a triple or double reverse pass, or things like that that can highlight a particular player. These are the kinds of things that go down the road. pak “.
While the Patriots’ plans to replace Brady will be looked at closely, so it will be seen how the team adapts to having a sixth NFL player leave the 2020 season, a group led by line-up Dont’a Hightower, security Patrick Chung and starting the right choice Marcus Cannon.
Asked about his reaction to the election, Belichick said: “I respect everyone. I talked to those guys and they explained their situation. They had to make the decision that was best for them and I respect and support it. completely that 100 percent. “
Belichick added that he was not sure if there would be more players who could decide to give up the season.
“Everyone has to make their own individual decisions about this. They have to weigh their situation,” he said. “Each of us is unique and we all have different lives, situations, families, environments, etc.”