Questions on Cam Newton job security draw straight answer from Bill Belichick
The New England Patriots suffered a tough loss against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, and it resulted in Cam Newton being yanked from the field for the final 10 minutes of the lopsided contest. After the game, Pats head coach Bill Belichick was asked about his star quarterback’s job security moving forward, and at this point, the veteran shot-caller still appears to be confident in Newton.
Belichick had no intentions of beating around the bush, and provided a direct answer when asked about Newton’s status as the team’s starting quarterback:
“Great question. Really glad you asked that. Cam is our quarterback,” said Patriots coach Belichick, answering the question before it could even be fully stated by Mike Reiss of ESPN.com (h/t Curtis Crabtree of NBC Sports).
Newton completed just9-of-16 passes against the Rams for 119 yards. He also had zero touchdowns and one interception. The 31-year-old entered the contest with an abdomen injury, and this likely had an adverse effect on his play on the evening. It was anything but a commendable performance from Newton, and it came to no surprise that he was pulled out of the game early in the fourth period, especially considering how L.A. was already up 24-3 at that point.
The good news for the 6-7 Patriots is that they get their bye for Week 15. This should provide Newton with more time to recover from whatever injuries he may be dealing with. Barring an unforeseen turn of events, the former first overall pick should still get the nod to start against the Miami Dolphins in Week 16.