It was a wild run for Cam Newton and it ended with a release. The New England Patriots cut the veteran, giving green light to their first-round pick. Mac Jones will be leading the Patriots offense in 2021 and he has a chance follow Tom Brady’s footsteps. The Patriots needed a strong quarterback option and Jones seems to fit in the system. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels watched his quarterbacks on the field and he liked their improvement. However, the veteran had to go. A lot of former and current players shared their thoughts on Cam Newton, and Rob Ninkovich made a few shocking comments.
According to the former Patriot, Jones was actually leading Newton through the playbook. He cited sources close to the team and said that the rookie was actually teaching the quarterback.
In the 45-minute “Funky Friday” video, Newton talked about the release and the comments Ninkovich made regarding Jones’ “teaching.”
How could the rookie teach him? That’s the first point Newton made. He also explained that the Patriots have a rather complex offense. Newton’s father, Cecil, helped the veteran explain the whole situation surrounding his release.
Cam Newton doesn’t agree with Rob Ninkovich
Newton mentioned the mistakes he made in 2020 and discussed his experience with the team. He has nothing but respect for Jones and holds no grudges at the moment.
“Nah. If anything, I was — I was like, ‘Josh, it’s so new to me.’ I’ve never been in a system that required me to know where the Mike (linebacker) is, to know the front, to identify certain fronts and XYZ. You can’t say that that’s stupid or ‘Why wouldn’t you know that?’ because half of the NFL — I would say 30 teams out of 32 teams don’t run this philosophy. It’s in the center’s call, because they control the protection, and if you have any type of red flag or an alert, then that’s when you kind of (say), ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hey, Lucy this. Ricky to 50.’ You know what I’m saying? Something like that.
“But as far as that? No. Mac was cool, man. He was a person who was young. He was still trying to find his way. And that’s why I would just say what can he teach me when it’s coming at him faster than it was coming at me? I would always ask Mac, and we were helping each other. It’s like, ‘You straight, bro?’ And I would go to (Brian Hoyer) and be like, ‘Bro, you seeing something that I didn’t see?’ or ‘What was the Mike?’ or XYZ. And then me and Josh had a great dialogue after practice or during practice where he would tell me. But I felt heads and toes above where I was understanding (the offense) 12 months ago. Without a doubt.”
Maybe Ninkovich will come out with another round of comments.