New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick decisively stated he is not altering quarterbacks after pulling Cam Newton early within the fourth quarter of Thursday night time’s 24-3 road loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
“Cam’s our quarterback,” Belichick stated in his postgame information convention, chopping off the query to provide his reply.
Newton completed 9-of-16 for 119 yards towards the Rams, with one expensive interception that was returned 79 yards for a landing, because the Patriots’ passing offense sputtered as soon as once more.
He was changed by Jarrett Stidham with 10 minutes, 14 seconds remaining and the Patriots trailing 24-3.
Stidham, the 2019 fourth-spherical draft alternative from Auburn, had been a prime candidate to be Tom Brady‘s substitute initially of the season earlier than Newton signed a one-12 months contract on July 8.
Requested why he would not now swap to Stidham, and what Newton has proven for Belichick to stay by him, Belichick stated merely: “He is our quarterback, I feel I simply answered that one.”
The Patriots (6-7) nonetheless have slim odds to qualify for the postseason, with ESPN’s Football Power Index giving them a 6% probability. They go to the Miami Dolphins (8-4) on Sunday, Dec. 20, earlier than ending with again-to-again residence video games towards the Buffalo Bills (9-3) and New York Jets (0-12).
As for Newton, he has been best as a rusher this season, totaling 451 yards in 113 carries with 11 touchdowns. However when opponents restrict Newton’s dashing yards, and by extension the Patriots’ total operating recreation, the offense hasn’t persistently been capable of transfer the ball by means of the air.
Newton, when requested if he is frightened he’ll get replaced, stated, “That is not my name. I am simply doing what I am requested, with the mentality of getting higher, and that is what I hold planning on doing.”
Newton is now 199-of-301 for two,172 yards passing on the season, with 5 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
That, coupled with Belichick twice pulling Newton, 31, late in blowout losses, has sparked questions on a potential change.
Requested if he’s proud of Stidham’s growth and what he has seen from him this season, Belichick stated: “Yeah. Jarrett has labored arduous. He is tried to make the most of his alternatives. However that is probably not the purpose.”
Newton has been taking part in by means of an stomach damage the previous two video games however stated it wasn’t affecting him on the sector.
“We simply bought to be higher and it begins with me personally,” he stated. “Simply must make extra performs, and that is what it comes all the way down to.”