If Cam Newton defeats Tom Brady as a starting defender for the New English Patriots, he will have to earn a job at a training camp. Bill Belichick decided not to call Newton the QB1 team.
“This place is the same as all the other places in the team. We still have a long way to go. We will see how it all turns out,” Belichik said in his first public statements on Friday after Newton signed the team. “I can’t control how the players perform; it’s up to them. We’ll give everyone a chance to see what’s going on. I don’t know.”
In his 20 seasons, Belichik coached the Patriots, although there was no doubt who would start in the fourth attack once Brady took his first job in 2001, helping the franchise in his first of six Super Cup championships.
Brady’s departure to Tampa in March for the Bake-Beckers in March created a mammoth void that Newton, based on his career resume, is the leading candidate to fill after agreeing to a one-year contract with the club in late June.
“We spent a lot of time with Kem, [had] a few different people and a lot of different conversations, just trying to figure out how appropriate it would be. It was very positive on our part. I am glad that it happened, “Belichyk said.
Newton’s main competition will be the selection in the fourth round of 2019 by Jarett Steadham, a graduate of Auburn. Brian Hoyer, an 11-year veteran, is also on the in-depth chart, along with unclaimed free agent Brian Leverke of Michigan.
Last year, Stidham was the Patriots’ main reserve, and he helped organize throw-in sessions with receivers in suburban Boston for several months off-season. After Newton officially joined the Patriots, in the last month he has contacted some of the traps of the team in Los Angeles, such as Julian Edelman and the next election round of 2019 N’Keal Harry.
But Newton has reason to compensate after missing the team’s virtual off-season program during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The meetings were beneficial for all of us – for the players, the staff – in a way that put things together. I felt we did what we could. We got a lot of the opportunities we had,” Belichik said, acknowledging that they are different from what they could practice in the field.
As for how the Patriots will build the game book, without naming the initial defender, Belichik said it will be the same as it was during the first 20 years of his stay.
“You have created a common structure that you implement. Everyone has to learn certain basics and certain basics. Every player, no matter how long he has played – whether two years or 20 years – is still a major progress towards the training camp in that position. player, “Belichik said. “That’s where we start. In my opinion, this is exactly what needs to be done, regardless of who the player is or in what position he plays. …
“I don’t think you start in training camp when your football team introduces a triple reverse or a double return pass, or things that can emphasize a particular player. It’s things that go down the road a bit.”
While the Patriots’ plans to replace Brady will be closely watched, as well as the team adapts to the abandonment of six NFL players in the 2020 season, a group led by linebacker Dont’a Hightower, security Patrick Chung and starting right Marcus Cannon .
Asked about his reaction to the refusal, Belichik said: “I respect them. I talked to those guys and they explained their situation. They had to make a decision that was best for them, and I fully respect and support it 100 percent.”
Belichik added that he did not know 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 own situation,” he said. “Each of us is unique, and we all have different life situations, situations, families, surroundings, etc.”