Urban Meyer shares thoughts on what Bill Belichick will do for Jarrett Stidham with Patriots
Former Florida and Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is not concerned about Bill Belichick, Jarrett Stidham, or the quarterback situation in New England with the Patriots.
Meyer said projected starter Jarrett Stidham is in a great place as the quarterback of a winning franchise, and he added Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will help Stidham thrive in New England’s system (via Danny Jaillet of USA TODAY):
“The common denominator of every great quarterback – he’s on a great team,” Meyer, who recruited Stidham before the Texas native signed with Baylor, told Cowherd. “The great quarterbacks who go to bad teams also become bad quarterbacks. … You put (Stidham) with Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels, that system … They’re going to make that quarterback a great player.”
Meyer actually recruited Stidham to come to Ohio State before Stidham began his collegiate carousel at Baylor.
A popular debate in the NFL community stems from the question of whether Belichick and former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady needed one another to be successful. Both will have their chance to answer that question in 2020.
Brady is joining a franchise that–while talented–has not reached the playoffs since the 2007 season. Belichick, meanwhile, is hitching New England’s playoff hopes to a fourth-round pick who has just four career pass attempts.
But while Stidham might be inexperienced, the Patriots gave him tremendous support this offseason. New England never seriously entertained signing a veteran quarterback to replace Brady, despite guys like Jameis Winston, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton all hitting the open market.
Instead, Belichick is implicitly stating his confidence in Stidham, and Meyer thinks the legendary head coach will help his young quarterback grow and thrive with the Patriots.