Patriots: Bill Belichick hints he might have bold plan for Jarrett Stidham and Cam Newton

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Patriots HC Bill Belichick hinted at a bold quarterback strategy for 2020.

It must be absolutely infuriating for fans in New England to deal with the dozens of cryptic quotes that Bill Belichick drops during training camp on an annual basis. Six championships is obviously a fair trade-off for a few mental breakdowns on our end, but you get the point.

Though it’s widely expected that Cam Newton will be the Patriots’ starting quarterback in 2020, the legendary head coach hinted to reporters on Wednesday that he could be scheming a bold strategy at the position.

Any Patriots fans down for a potential quarterback platoon this season?

We love Bill, but this is a plan we simply cannot get on board with.

The only potential QB committee, for lack of a better term, that would theoretically make sense for the Patriots is bringing Newton and his dynamism off the bench to keep opposing defenses on their toes, similar to what Sean Payton does with Drew Brees and Taysom Hill in New Orleans.

The problem here is that Newton is the dual-threat weapon and he’s markedly more proven under center than either of the Patriots’ two alternative options. Deploying the three-time Pro Bowler as the starter and randomly subbing him out for either one of Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham for a handful of plays is just asking to blow up in New England’s face. On top of that, it could mess with Newton’s mindset, which appears to be as clear and driven as its been in years.

If the first week of Patriots camp taught us anything, it’s that Belichick was quickly learning that allowing the former MVP to let loose in the playbook brings the best out of him. We’re not saying the 68-year-old is actually going to roll with a QB platoon, but the fact that he’s even considering it is a cause for concern.

It just seems like an entirely avoidable potential debacle.

We kind of can’t believe he admitted to this.

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