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  • Yep, this was a good deal for the Patriots.

  • I'm not gonna say it was a bad deal for Patriots.

  • I just think it's a bad situation for camp because you're bereft of weapons.

  • Nichelle Harry Byrd, Jacoby Meyers.

  • Those were your leading receivers, Cam new.

  • And if you look at, with the exception of of the previous season, Max because he was out injured, he threw the ball less than he ever has in his career in the season, only average, like 24 a half passes per game.

  • When you can throw the football, particularly with accuracy, no coach worth his salt ask you to throw the ball.

  • That's infrequently in today's National Football League.

  • Obviously, you got Rex Burkhead and you've got you know who is it?

  • Uh, Damien Harris.

  • And you know, you you've got Sony Michelle and they all ran the football and they were the fourth ranked Russian attacking football last year.

  • We get what they bring to the table.

  • We understand that primarily, it's about running the football over.

  • Cam Newton ran for over 550 yards himself.

  • I think it was 592 to be exact So when you look at it from that perspective, he could still run with the football.

  • He could still be effective with his legs, even though he's not nearly as effective with his legs as he used to be.

  • I'm looking at the accuracy or lack there of, and when I view New England because you don't have the requisite weapons necessary, you don't have anybody on your team, Max, that you can sit up there and say, Throw it to me.

  • I'm open.

  • They have nobody like that.

  • In other words, even when you're not open, you open because of their ability to go get the football.

  • No, unfortunately, because of the weapons that Cam Newton is working with, you've got to be precise.

  • You've got to be extremely accurate.

  • You've got to be completely in sync with the offensive coordinator and Josh McDaniels.

  • All of those things have to come together because you have your surrounded by imperfection and because that's the reality of the situation.

  • It's why I don't like it.

  • It's not that I think Cam is finished.

  • I've never been fond of his accuracy throwing the football.

  • I'm on the record for that.

  • But that doesn't take away from the fact that he's not a stud athlete.

  • He is a stud athlete.

  • He can do some things real positive for you from the quarterback position and get it done.

  • He's no scrub and he's a starter for various teams in the National Football League.

  • I'm not questioning that.

  • What I'm saying is New England is what we're talking about here, and because of the weapons that you have surround, you have surrounding him, what you're asking of him.

  • I think it's too much for him.

  • If it were another quarterback, it would be different.

  • But when it comes to Cam, I think you're asking a lot for him because of what your surrounding him with.

  • And that's why I don't think it's a good situation for him or the Patriots.

  • All right, well, let's look at it from both points of view.

  • You said a bunch of things there.

  • Let's look at it.

  • One from Cam's point of view.

  • No, he doesn't have receivers.

  • We know they are, as you would say, bereft of weapons, right?

  • And that is.

  • And Tom Brady just showed no, he wasn't slipping so much as the Patriots gave him nothing to work with an offense.

  • That may be true.

  • But if that's the way your team is constructed, how do you plan on winning games?

  • Because remember Stephen?

  • A.

  • After everything I just said losing Tom Brady, losing all those guys off the defense to start the season.

  • Then Gilmore got hurt by the, by the way, Missed some games.

  • Zero offensive weapons cam off an injury.

  • All that covid.

  • They won seven games and I told you some of the names of the team Miami, the Raiders, Arizona, the Ravens.

  • But they beat some good teams.

  • So that's one.

  • How are they going to do it?

  • They're gonna run the ball.

  • They're gonna play defense because they're gonna get a lot of guys.

  • Those guys on defense back.

  • Okay, now, from Cam's point of view, Stephen A.

  • Cam is not worried about his stats.

  • He wants to lead a winning team, and he's in a position with Belichick, obviously, where he feels like they can win games and make the playoffs if camps numbers aren't good, but they win 10 games and make the playoffs.

  • You think camp sweating that because he didn't have the receivers.

  • However, you win.

  • You win.

  • Well, first of all, I don't think they will win this seven and nine that you're talking about.

  • Last time I checked, when we talk about Bill Belichick, we talk Super Bowls.

  • They ain't got a snowball's chance in hell of winning the Super Bowl with Cam Newton at the quarterback with the records that they have surrounding him, It ain't gonna happen.

  • You can snatch that dream away a matter of fact, they wouldn't even get to the place because I don't see them being better than Miami or Buffalo.

  • And when you talk about their big wins, let's talk about some of their losses.

  • They lost to the Denver Broncos.

  • They lost to an injury riddled San Francisco 40 Niners team.

  • They lost to the Houston, Texas.

  • So let's not forget the losses that they suffered from him that they encourage as well.

  • So we've got to take that into consideration.

  • And again, I know that you had a whole bunch of dudes that elected to opt out and not play last year so their defense would elevate exponentially.

  • We get all of that and as a result that could potentially when you some games But ultimately, in the end, when you're talking about Cam Newton and his abilities, or whatever it is that he is lacking, Max, don't we have an obligation and in the interest of fairness to him to look at the fact that the quarterback is not successful, throw the football to himself.

  • He's got to have people to throw the football, too.

  • And when we look at the New England Patriots, there's nothing to knock our socks off, which gets us to the GM.

  • That is Bill Belichick.

  • I will never question the greatness of Bill Belichick.

  • Coach.

  • It is to me, it's sacrilegious.

  • There's no reason to do it.

  • His resume speaks for itself, But as an executive in terms of talent around you, it's a question Mark.

  • I'm sorry, Molly.

  • Go ahead.

  • Can I just ask one quick question?

  • Stephen, Does this show you?

  • Like what?

  • Max said, though, that Bill Belichick does believe in Cam Newton?

  • Or do you remember another year away?

  • Molly, if you remember, we talked about this when you remember when Cam was struggling and Bill Belichick benched in one game, and I came on first take next day and you saw Bill Belichick.

  • Go over there, pat him on the knee, talk to him.

  • We'd never see Bill Belichick appeared to be so affectionate and so comforting to a Why do you think that during a game and because he knew that there was?

  • He likes.

  • He likes him.

  • He likes what I want.

  • I want to address, you know, we're not getting that.

  • I want to.

  • But the fact that Belichick likes what Cam brings to the team tells me something.

  • I want to talk about something.

  • You said they lost seven games, they lost seven games and they fell apart at the end of the season.

  • But really, the losses to Denver and San Francisco.

  • We were even talking about it at the time because he missed the K C game with Covid.

  • Right, and we're like he feels like it feels like he's in that covid five.

  • We were debating how much of a revealing affected, and a couple of weeks later, he came out and said it.

  • He was like, Yeah, so So I think that explains those games to Denver and San Francisco games.

  • The the Houston los, um, was on the road.

  • They were a bad road team.

  • They're gonna have to learn.

  • Cam is gonna have to learn to win on the road.

  • They were a good home team.

  • A bad road team that went on the road is in this year, but it's with a new franchise.

  • New system, often injury with a depleted roster.

  • Haven't gotten covid.

  • Don't forget they couldn't even practice because the facilities were shut.

  • Always saying this, Max.

  • Here's what it comes down to me.

  • Cam Newton being on the remaining on the New England Patriots.

  • Is it wowing any of us know?

  • Okay, no, let me just say that it is not.

  • I not love, Cam, but I think I wish he was in a better offensive situation in New England.

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Yep, this was a good deal for the Patriots.

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Stephen A. reacts to Cam Newton re-signing with the Patriots | First Take

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