Though New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton hasn’t had the best preseason, and Mac Jones has been dominating both on the field and in the locker room due to his quick mastery of the playbook, the expectation is that Newton will go into the season as the starter.
While Jones is putting up superior numbers, the former MVP’s experience could be what ends up giving him the QB1 job. In a debate that could really go either way given Newton’s talent and Jones’ potential, leave it to the talk radio circuit to come up with the most dunderheaded take regarding this whole competition.
Former Patriots QB (!!) Scott Zolak, a man who is prone to sticking his foot in his mouth on almost a daily basis, claimed that Newton is not the right man for the job because of his … love for hip hop?
Zolak insisted that the main reason Newton hasn’t been playing well with New England is his interest in rap music. The cringeworthy take, which sounds like something you’d hear from shock jocks 30 years ago, goes on to infer that Newton is “distracted” in practice.
Zolak also claimed that Jones is “here to work” while hyping up his “attention to detail.” Newton’s apparent rap obsessions are part of his “style,” per Zolak.
Oh, brother …
Scott Zolak’s quotes on Patriots QB Cam Newton don’t make sense.
Newton is an MVP who went 15-1 with an NFC champion in Carolina. Was listening to rap a problem then? Newton is 100% not the only player on the Patriots that loves to listen to rap music (do you see Mike Reiss listing the songs during practice?), yet it’s problematic when Cam does it? Get a grip.
The ironic part of Zolak’s narrow-minded comments is that Jones is supposedly a huge rap fan, as Newton himself was talking up Jones’ knowledge of the subject.
So … it isn’t a problem for Mac? What’s the logic here, Scott?
Zolak has never been a fan of Newton, and he’s clearly trying to stir up even more interest for ditching him in favor of Jones. Newton has been dealing with doubters mocking his flashy style of play and penchant for celebrating in elaborate fashion for years now, and Zolak is just another hater to add to the pile.
It’s hard to fathom Belichick considering taste in tunes as one of the factors that help him pick a starting quarterback. Newton may very well lose this competition to Jones, but Zolak insisting that some dancing in between plays is the reason why Newton is unqualified to start is … asinine.