Bill Belichick reveals if Cam Newton will remain Patriots’ starting QB
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed in his postgame press conference that quarterback Cam Newton will remain the team’s starter following their blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) October 25, 2020
The Patriots’ first, three game losing streak in the 18 years that Belichick has helmed the franchise, Sunday’s 33-6 beatdown by San Francisco saw the former-MVP throw three interceptions on only nine completions before he was benched at the conclusion of the third quarter. His second appearance since recovering from a diagnosis of Covid-19, Newton did not seem to possess the same type of mobility that the Patriots have grown accustomed to in his first year with the New England franchise, gaining only 19 yards on five rushes. Unable to escape pressure, Newton was forced to throw into tighter windows than he would prefer, leading in part to his nightmare performance.
Though the Niners’ passing game displayed similar struggles, with former Patriot Jimmy Garoppolo throwing two picks of his own, the turnovers by New England allowed San Francisco to operate with short field distance, keying a run-heavy attack that excelled, with backup Jeff Wilson Jr. scoring three touchdowns to go along with 112-yards on 17 carries.
Belickick’s backing of Newtwon may ultimately have more to do with a lack of a viable quarterback option behind the former-Panther than true faith in his ability however. Following his benching, and with the score out of reach, backup Jarrett Stidham completed the match with another turnover of his own, while gaining only 64-yards and giving up a sack. With few options as the season marches on, the Patriots are left to hope, Cam improves.