New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has finally spoken to the media, and one of the things he mentioned was that the starting quarterback spot will be earned, and the QB1 spot is defintley a competition. Belichick has always been a what-have-you done lately mindset, so Cam Newton's history with the Carolina Panther should mean nothing, right?
NFL insider Nate Burleson, agreed with the statement and believes Belichick when he says the spot needs to be earned. While some fans don't believe Belichick and think he's just saying what needs to be said, members of the Patriots roster also believe it, and are excited for the competition. David Andrews spoke about it recently.
I think it’s going to be an exciting year for us, I’m excited. Especially with the guys and the talent we have in that (quarterback) room. Cam obviously has played a lot of football and had a successful career. I’m just excited to see what all of our quarterbacks can do. They all bring something different to the table. I think it’s just going to make for a fun year for us," Andrews said.
While Newton and second year quarterback Jarrett Stidham share some similarities in abilities, all three of the Patriots quarterbacks bring something different. I'm not gonna include Brian Lewerke, who should make the practice squad. All three of the Patriots quarterbacks; Newton, Stidham, and veteran Brian Hoyer, should also have massive chips on their shoulders from the percieved disrespect they all have received this offseason.
Danny Jaillet wrote, "Burleson also made note of the fact that Stidham knows the system and playbook and is ready for his chance."
Stidham beat out Hoyer last year for the backup roll, and got a lot of time to study behind Brady and work with the offense. It appears from sources that he never stopped and continued into this off season (working with the offense, he couldn't study behind Tom Brady).
Hoyer knows the system and playbook. He's a very intelligent game manager who played for the Colts last year. He was brought in with a chance to compete. He is going to have play lights during camp if he has any chance of being the starting quarterback this season.
Then there's Newton. Newtom said he felt disrespected having to wait three months for one of thirty two teams to sign him. Newton is a former League MVP coming off injury. He's coming in late, but if one believes conspiracy theories, Newton has had the Patriots' playbook since he was released.
All eyes and ears are going to be on Gillette as we wait to hear any bit of news about the Patriots quarterback situation from now until week one September 13th.