Cam Newton Calls Bill Belichick the Most ‘Misunderstood’ Person in Sports

Published 02/23/2021, 2:23 PM EST
Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (middle) looks on from the sidelines with head coach Bill Belichick (right) after being replaced in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


After Tom Brady’s departure from Massachusetts, New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick was under pressure to replicate the success from the years before heading into the 2020 season. The 6-time Super Bowl-winning coach brought in 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton before the season could begin.

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Nov 22, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The former Carolina Panthers man signed a short 1-year deal with the Patriots. However, COVID-19 and other external factors meant that the New England Patriots were in for a rough year in the league. Newton threw for 2,600+ yards with 8 passing TDs against 10 interceptions.

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Coach Belichick’s side could only manage a 3rd-place finish in the AFC East. They missed out on a spot in the Playoffs ending their campaign with a dismal 7-9 record. Meanwhile, Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl LV title earlier this month.

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Cam Newton comes to the defense of Patriots coach Bill Belichick

Coach Belichick was subjected to major criticism post the conclusion of the 2020 season. In the past, several analysts claimed that Brady’s success with the Patriots was down to Belichick’s tactical nous. But 2020 proved otherwise.

However, one person who disagrees with any Bill Belichick slander is quarterback Cam Newton. While appearing on the latest episode of the I Am Athlete podcast, Newton jumped to the defense of the 68-year-old New England boss.

“I think Bill Belichick is the most misunderstood person and not 100% 1,000%, he dopest. Like he is a cool dude. He understands the game. He’s like a historian of the game.

“And for you to just sit down and chat with him. Like, it’s like, Damn, like he’s going back and he’s like literally teaching the game…he’s a genius,” Newton said on the show.

Sep 13, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Despite his admiration for Belichick, there is no guarantee that Newton will return to Foxborough in 2021. The former Auburn star will turn 32 later this year in May.

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Time is running out for him to establish himself as a relevant force in the league. Cam maintains that he is still not ready to contemplate retirement, adding that ‘There can’t be 32 quarterbacks better than me in the league’.

Will coach Belichick offer Newton another short-term deal in the build-up to the 2021 season? Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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