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Stick With Cam or Ride With Mac? Dissecting New England’s QB Problem

It’s weird to think that many football fans never thought they would see the day in which Tom Brady and the New England Patriots parted ways. It wasn’t that hard to assume that Brady would stay linked with New England until the end of times, yet look at him living his best life in Tampa Bay and the Patriots, well, at least there’s health. As NFL odds analysts dish out predictions on how each teams’ season will play out, one very big question stands in New England, should Cam Newton be their QB moving forward or should they give the job to newcomer Mac Jones? 

Let’s break down why each one should get the job and who we think will end up taking the spot.

Cam Knows What It’s Like To Play At An MVP Level

Not long ago were the days in which Cam Newton was electrifying the NFL week in and week out with his Superman attitude and style of playing in Carolina. Taking into account just how good he was in Carolina was in part the reason why Bill Belichick decided that the man tasked with being the first QB for the Patriots after seeing Tom Brady leave for Tampa Bay would be him. The team also wanted a win now QB with enough talent for the team to not flop as much in the first post-Brady year. Having said all this, I think it’s fair to say that somebody should’ve let Newton a bit more about what kind of a mess he was stepping into.

Newton came into the Patriots on a one-year deal and basically had to do with as little as he was given. Some might even argue that destiny was pitted for him to lose but it didn’t stop Cam from trying and doing the best with what was there. In a pandemic ridden season there was no pre-season for Newton to fully get accustomed with his new teams and especially to fully grasp his new offensive program, one of the most complex in the NFL.

Add to that the fact that Newton had very too little weapons to work with. One could argue that outside of Julian Edelman Newton was working with scraps. N’keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers and Damiere Byrd, the other starting caliber receivers all flunked, and Edelman only ended up playing 6 games in the season. This off season the Patriots hit the free agency market looking for WR options and found a couple of decent ones in Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, guys Newton could work with. 

There’s no argument that Newton has what it takes to mount a career comeback with New England if given the right tools, will this be the season he bounces back?

Out Of Alabama and Looking Ready For The Pros, Mac Jones!

Just the fact that Mac Jones is coming off a CFP title winning season under Nick Saban’s direction one would assume that playing for Bill Belichick would be like second nature. Well, Mac Jones, the former Crimson Tide QB, now QB for the New England Patriots has the stage set to show up or sit down. His skillset is undeniable, with superb accuracy skills down the field, a cannon for an arm and an eye for finding the tightest spots around to put the ball in for yard gains. Mac has it all to be a star for New England but is it too soon yet for him to think about starting from Week 1? Experts around the league have argued that all Jones needs to be a real threat to Newton for the starting job in NE is to do a little bit more fine-tuning of his skills to become week 1 ready. 

First and foremost, he needs to improve his pocket presence. He needs to remember that he’s not in Alabama anymore, he’s in the pros now and playing against guys like Aaron Donald for example, just hits different, very different. He needs to get in full sync with his offensive line because if he doesn’t and he’s left to fend for himself against the likes of some of the best defensive lines in the NFL, he will get his head handed to him down after down.

Secondly, something that separates Mac Jones and Cam Newton that gives Newton the edge as of now is Jones’ lack of true athleticism. While he has a football IQ that’s enviable and can throw the ball like a wonder, he does not have the athletic ability to truly be considered a moving playmaker QB. QBs nowadays can’t only rely on their offensive lines to do all the work for them. They need to have some superb footwork and skills to dodge hits and tackles left and right, something Jones definitely needs to work on this offseason if he wants the starting job from week 1.

So, Who’s Starting In Week 1?

As of right now and unless Mac Jones is able to put on an amazing off season, the job needs to go to Cam Newton. Be it because he’s better prepared or simply because he deserves a fighting chance to prove that he can still be a relevant player in the league, Newton should be New England’s starter come week 1. The clue here is that the QB job will be Newton’s for as long as he can hold it. If he can’t lead the Patriots to a hot start, expect to see Jones take over and not look back.

New England Looks to Make an Impact in 2021 with New Look Young Roster

Last season the Pats were a team that looked early like a club that could still be a contender in the AFC despite the struggles they had on offense during the season.

On Wednesday night, the NFL released the 2021 Patriots schedule, and we couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming season!

After looking through the schedule and giving it some careful consideration, these are the 3 matchups that I’m most looking forward to:

9/26 vs New Orleans – After you’ve gotten a couple games into the 2021 season, it’s time to enjoy the Pats being at home to take on New Orleans for an early showdown with Jameis Winston and the Saints in what should be a fun affair between these AFC and NFC foes. Shut down that Saints offense and you have a great shot to pull off the upset that could go a long way to clinching a playoff spot.

10/31 at Los Angeles Chargers – Heading out west for some Halloween fun, the Pats are slated to take on the Charges in their 8th game of the 2021 season. The Bolts with second-year QB Justin Herbert are a team that will be a force to be reckoned with as they have a new coach and a new look. The Pats have a great shot to go out west and earn a win.

11/28 vs Tennessee Titans – The last couple of seasons the Titans were on the cusp of the Super Bowl, but fell just short. Now they once again will feed early and often running back Derrick Henry, and it’ll be the Pats D to need to step up and stop the stud running back who ran for 2000 yards last season. We will see if the Pats can score enough to hold the Titans in check.

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Go Patriots!

New England Patriots 2021 Schedule Full of Big Matchups with the Best in the NFL

Last season was a different storyline for the New England Patriots, as the team missed the playoffs, and then this offseason had some tough choices to make when it came to dealing with the QB spot as well as the other skill spots on the team.

The team inked veteran QB Cam Newton to a one-year deal last offseason, and while Newton’s off the field attitude and his vibe with his teammates was a welcome experience, he was by no means Tom Brady, able to get the job done with the game on the line.

Newton ended the season throwing for 8 touchdowns and 10 picks, and at age 32 the club decided to bring him back, hoping that he had one more good season under his belt that he could count on. We will see.

The rest of the team had their issues as well, but the biggest question again will be what the team does at QB and the other skill spots if all doesn’t go well early on in the year.

You can check out the full Pats schedule below:

New England Patriots 2021 Schedule

Week 1: Sep. 12 Miami Dolphins 4:25 PM CBS
Week 2: Sep. 19 at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
Week 3: Sep. 26 New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM FOX
Week 4: Oct. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:20 PM NBC
Week 5: Oct. 10 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS
Week 6: Oct. 17 Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM CBS
Week 7: Oct. 24 New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
Week 8: Oct. 31 at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM CBS
Week 9: Nov. 7 at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM CBS
Week 10: Nov. 14 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS
Week 11: Nov. 18 at Atlanta Falcons (Thu) 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 12: Nov. 28 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM CBS
Week 13: Dec. 6 at Buffalo Bills (Mon) 8:15 PM ESPN
Week 14: BYE
Week 15: Dec. 18 or 19 (Sat/Sun) at Indianapolis Colts TBD
Week 16: Dec. 26 Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM CBS
Week 17:Jan. 2 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM CBS
Week 18: Jan. 9 at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM CBS

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Here’s hoping that the Pats go all the way this season as they look to recapture their glory!

Would Bill Belichick Actually Leave the Patriots for Another Team?

Bill Belichick has led the Patriots since 2000, the longest tenure among active head coaches in the NFL.

During that time, amid six Super Bowl wins, it’s been thought of as a virtual impossibility that he would leave for another NFL team.

Yet according to a recent claim from ESPN reporter Seth Wickersham, the 69-year-old Belichick may have pondered his options of a potential exit in 2018, Hayden Bird of the Boston Globe reports.

Wickersham, whose 2018 piece for ESPN (“For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, is this the beginning of the end?“) pulled the curtain back on the relationship between the Patriots’ key triumvirate, was a guest on “The Harrison Vapnek Podcast” earlier this week.

Asked about his work reporting the story in 2018, Wickersham included an interesting tidbit of knowledge regarding Belichick.

“There was a lot of pushback to that story. But, I felt comfortable with what I was writing and what I was working on,” Wickersham explained. “At the time, I think there was a sense that Brady wasn’t going anywhere and Bill left the impression that he might be open to a move.

“There were some reports that came out at the time that the Giants were looking at him,” Wickersham continued. “I think he talked to the Washington Football Team and the Dolphins about sort of their openings. And it was unclear whether he was interested or not, but he was still talking to them and subsequent reporting has only sort of shown how in that offseason, Brady skipped the offseason program for the first time in his career and he had just kind of had enough.”

Wickersham remembered that while Belichick and Brady ultimately put their differences aside for another two years (including a victorious Super Bowl run at the end of the 2018 season), the internal disagreements became more public in that time.

Veteran TE Kyle Rudolph Reportedly Wants to Play for the Patriots

Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph is looking for a new home after being released by the Minnesota Vikings, and reportedly the vet has his sights set on coming to play for the Patriots.

Rudolph to this point had played all 10 seasons of his NFL career with the Vikings, and in that time has pulled in 453 catches for 4488 with 48 touchdowns.

Last season New England’s leading tight end was Ryan Izzo, who had just 20 catches for 199 yards with no scores.

Tight end is one position of need for the Pats, and despite being 31 years old, he would be an immediate upgrade at the position for New England.

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels Wants to Be a Head Coach Again

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters Tuesday that he “absolutely” still has aspirations of returning to the head coaching ranks.

“I definitely want to do that,” McDaniels said. “I’d love to have that opportunity if it presents itself.”

McDaniels has been on Bill Belichick’s staff for all six Super Bowl wins in New England, serving as his offensive coordinator for 13 seasons. His first stint as a head coach was a brief one though, as McDaniels was fired in 2010 just a season and a half into his tenure with with the Denver Broncos.

Since then he’s been often sought after, but very picky about where he goes next. After being announced as Indianapolis’ head coach in 2018, McDaniels left the Colts at the altar.

He’s gone on interviews elsewhere, but has yet to depart Foxborough for a second time. Head coaches often get two chances. If neither goes well, it’s tough to get a third look.

Patriots Get CB J.C. Jackson Added to the Fan Ballot of the NFL Pro Bowl

Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson has been added to the NFL Pro Bowl fan ballot after being snubbed at first by the league.

Jackson leads the NFL with six interceptions, was added to the fan ballot for the Pro Bowl on Wednesday after initially being left off.

Fan voting for the Pro Bowl began Tuesday, and Jackson’s absence created a buzz on social media, highlighting the process by which players land on the ballot.

The NFL asks teams to submit 11 players on offense, 11 players on defense and five special-teamers for the ballot. The Patriots, as is their standard procedure over the years, initially submitted their base defense with a front seven and four defensive backs.

Reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore and veteran Jason McCourty are starters at cornerback, so Jackson wasn’t part of the list the Patriots initially submitted.

The Patriots reached out to the NFL on Wednesday morning and requested a switch to a nickel defense, removing a linebacker and adding Jackson.

Video: Patriots Look to Get to .500 as They Take on Watson and the Texans

The 4-5 Pats are coming off a huge Sunday night victory over the Ravens, and will look to get to .500 this week as they travel to Houston to take on the Texans.

The 2-7 Texans are having a tough season, and will look to land the upset on Cam Newton and the Pats.

Here’s a preview from NFL.com.