Patriots: Winners and losers of the Cam Newton signing

Quarterback Cam Newton #1, now of the New England Patriots (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Quarterback Cam Newton #1, now of the New England Patriots (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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FOXBOROUGH, MA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

Loser:  All of New England’s opponents

With Newton as the starter, New England would be officially entering the modern-day era of dual threat quarterbacks. To some NFL teams, that is the scariest sentence possibly imaginable.

Some teams or coaches in the past have claimed to have found the blueprint to beating New England, and now those alleged blueprints aren’t any more valuable than a roll of toilet paper during this pandemic.

Cam Newton could change New England’s offense overnight into the most unpredictable offense to line up against in the league. Newton’s physical ability, McDaniels’ innovative play calling, and Belichick’s coaching and decision-making could make for an offense more lethal than what we saw last year from Baltimore.

Teams like Miami and Buffalo who may have thought they were gaining on New England in the AFC East standings now have to scrap all knowledge of New England’s offense that they’ve accumulated over the years and toss them. That gives a huge advantage to Belichick, and he knows it and will take advantage of it.

If Cam Newton wins the quarterback competition, then he would have beaten out an up and coming young signal caller who Belichick views as a future starting quarterback in this league, and that would mean he wasn’t just handed the keys to the car — he would have earned them.

Newton is clearly motivated. Pair that with Belichick’s genius, and the rest of the league will be in trouble.

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