The New England Patriots have made a decision on their starting quarterback for the 2021 NFL season. Head coach Bill Belichick had four quarterbacks on the roster, and he also brought Jake Dolegala. Take Jarrett Stidham out of the equation as he has just had his back surgery. The third-year quarterback will miss at least 12 weeks. This leaves us with Cam Newton, Brian Hoyer, rookie Mac Jones, and Dolegala. Who is starting games for the Patriots in September?
Coach Belichick revealed his decision and we aren’t even surprised. Things got a little messy after the Patriots selected Jones in the 2021 NFL Draft. Everyone wanted to know if Newton will stay on on the same position. What did Belichick say? He said Cam Newton is the Patriots starting quarterback.
Well, the head coach made similar comments Saturday.
“I mean, Cam’s our starting quarterback,” Belichick said in his pre-practice video conference. “I think I’ve said that.”
Belichick to have the final word on the Patriots starting quarterback
This doesn’t mean Newton will go at center in Week 1. The Patriots will play against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. This game is a month away and Belichick has plenty of time to make a decision. Of course, he acknowledged that the final choice between the veteran and his rookie will be a “hard decision.”
“Well, we’ll take a look at the whole situation,” the coach said. “I don’t think you want to evaluate players at any position off of one or two plays or maybe a day, so from a consistency standpoint, that’s always important, and obviously production. So hopefully those things will be good, and I’m sure it’ll be a hard decision. But we’ll see how it goes. Just let them play and try to do what we feel like’s best for the team based on their performance.”
Jones was really successful on Day 1 of training camp and some say he was much better than his “rival”. However, Newton’s passing game is sharp and this makes things a lot clearer for everyone. .