New England Patriots mentor Bill Belichick conclusively said he isn’t changing quarterbacks in the wake of pulling Cam Newton right off the bat in the final quarter of Thursday night’s 24-3 street misfortune to the Los Angeles Rams.
“Cam’s our quarterback,” Belichick said in his postgame news gathering, removing the inquiry to offer his response.
Newton completed 9-of-16 for 119 yards against the Rams, with one exorbitant block attempt that was returned 79 yards for a score, as the Patriots’ passing offense faltered by and by.
He was supplanted by Jarrett Stidham with 10 minutes, 14 seconds remaining and the Patriots following 24-3.
Stidham, the 2019 fourth-round draft decision from Auburn, had been a top possibility to be Tom Brady’s substitution toward the beginning of the period before Newton marked a one-year contract on July 8.
Inquired as to why he wouldn’t presently change to Stidham, and what Newton has appeared for Belichick to stay by him, Belichick said essentially: “He’s our quarterback, I think I recently addressed that one.”
The Patriots (6-7) actually have thin chances to fit the bill for the postseason. They visit the Miami Dolphins (8-4) on Sunday, Dec. 20, preceding getting done with consecutive home games against the Buffalo Bills (9-3) and New York Jets (0-12).
Concerning Newton, he has been best as a rusher this season, adding up to 451 yards in 113 conveys with 11 scores. Yet, when rivals limit Newton’s hurrying yards, and likewise the Patriots’ general running match-up, the offense hasn’t reliably had the option to move the ball through the air.
Newton, when inquired as to whether he’s concerned he’ll be supplanted, stated, “That is not my call. I’m simply doing what I’m asked, with the attitude of improving, and that is the thing that I continue anticipating doing.”
Newton is presently 199-of-301 for 2,172 yards passing on the season, with five scores and 10 capture attempts.
That, combined with Belichick twice pulling Newton, 31, late in victory misfortunes, has started inquiries regarding a potential change.
Inquired as to whether he is content with Stidham’s turn of events and what he has seen from him this season, Belichick stated: “Better believe it. Jarrett has buckled down. He’s attempted to make the most of his chances. Yet, that is not generally the point.”
Newton has been playing through a midsection injury the previous two games yet said it wasn’t influencing him on the field.
“We just had the opportunity to be better and it begins with me by and by,” he said. “Simply need to make more plays, and that is the thing that it comes down to.”