I should have seen this coming. 2020 has been blacked out, peeing in the dish washer level drunk for 3 months.
Nothing that happens between now and December 31stshould surprise me.
Global pandemic? Tom Brady leaves New England? Murder hornets? Sure, pile it on. Like Mike Tyson after he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear off (23 years ago yesterday) nothing should surprise me about 2020.
Masks, NBA games in an Orlando bubble (Moores vs Moops) and spending a Saturday night watching a Garth Brooks concert laid out in the bed of my truck. The new normal has become more normal.
Then the Patriots signed Cam Newton. Like the ending to The Sopranos, it makes all the sense in the world and absolutely none at the exact same time.
Absolutely no sense at all:
There have never been two more diametrically opposed forces in the universe than the respective post-game interviews of Cam Newton and Bill Belichick. Newton dresses like he shops at Willy Wonka’s Big & Tall shop and deeply pontificates about whatever scribes volley towards him. Belichick wears one of his 3 Columbia button ups and swats reporters’ questions back at their face like he’s Dikembe Mutombo. (While I haven’t seen him actually wag his finger at a reporter, I should probably confirm that with Chris Price or Mike Reiss before making such a proclamation.)
Hey, that’s fine. I wouldn’t expect a coach approaching his 70’s and an NFL quarterback to have the same media personas, but golly, how is this going to work?
Cam Newton has been one of the most athletic quarterbacks in NFL history, full stop. Newton can run, he can leap over the pile and (even with a huge wind up) can flat out throw a football……I think. It was troubling to see Newton throws to start the 2019 season that saw him only play 2 games. Cam denied a shoulder injury all off season, but in the first two games there was no denying what was right there on the tape. This was not the same quarterback who won an MVP just 4 years earlier.
However, if we know anything about Bill Belichick it is that if something isn’t working, he is not afraid to pull the plug. If things don’t work out with Cam Newton in training camp and his arm isn’t back to 100%, I think (not knowing what the guaranteed money is) that Bill would go back to the original plan and roll the dice with Stidham. For the small money they are reportedly giving Newton, it’s not even a gamble. It’s a flyer on a former MVP that may or may not work. If it works out, great! You could still win the division. If it doesn’t work, Newton is off the books in January.
All the sense in the world:
The Patriots were going to seemingly go into the 2020 season (we’re having it, we’re having football. They’re going to play games and wear uniforms and you can gamble on it and everything, WE’RE HAVING A SEASON YOU HEAR ME!!!!!!)
Were the Patriots going to go into the season with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as the only quarterbacks on the roster? One a second year guy who threw more touchdowns to the New York Jets than Luke Falk or Trevor Siemian (3 starts, 0 touchdowns, 3 picks- Stidham threw a pick-6 to Jamal Adams) and the other is Brian Hoyer.
Could the Patriots start a season hoping that Stidham won the job from Hoyer and if not, begin an NFL season (with uniforms and everything) with Brian Hoyer under center? They would look like they were tanking for Trevor Lawrence (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and as we have heard from the past 4 months; “Bill Belichick will not tank!” One year deal, $7.5 million for a former league MVP who just turned 31-years old? Why wouldn’t you do that?