Cam Newton isn’t built for Patriots, according to ex-teammate
The New England Patriots generated some hype by choosing Cam Newton as Tom Brady’s successor under center going into the 2020 NFL season. However, it appears there are still some that are skeptical about how the dynamic will unfold.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding Newton’s fit into the ‘Patriot Way’ that has been established by head coach Bill Belichick. According to Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, former teammate Kyle Love feels it could be a tough transition for him:
“Being a professional in New England is different from being a professional in Carolina. It’s a whole different ballgame,” Love said. “Bill wants things run a certain way, wants things practiced a certain way and said a certain way in the classroom and in the media.
“New England is not for everybody. Every player does not fit will there physically or mentally.”
Love added that Newton’s difficulty handling criticism will be the biggest challenge with the Patriots.
“This is just my opinion, but I don’t feel like Cam can take the pressure of coaches talking down about his play. If he had a bad game in Carolina, the coaching staff wouldn’t say much to him because they may have felt he could be a little frail about it or maybe pout,” Love said. “They never really corrected to the point Bill used to correct Tom.”
Many have alluded to Love’s point regarding Newton’s coachability when it comes to playing in a system as stern as New England’s. Even new teammate and cornerback Stephon Gilmore offered up some advice on being mentally strong and making efforts to become part of the culture.
Newton has made it clear that he is carrying a chip on his shoulder in the 2020 campaign. He will first need to show the coaching staff that he is all in on the system before getting a chance to prove the doubters wrong.