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Sport Opinion: Cam Newton-New England Patriots union could be a match made in heaven

17:15  29 june  2020
17:15  29 june  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Opinion : Cam Newton - New England Patriots union could be a match made in heaven . The Patriots already were prepared to navigate the year with the unproven Stidham and journeyman Hoyer. Why not see if Newton can regain his top-10 form and position his new squad for yet another AFC

Meanwhile, Newton could have considered waiting for an injury somewhere in the NFL with more of a clear path to start. But his decision to come to New Bill always says it: ‘The goal for any good team is to have as many good players as possible.’ Cam Newton is a former MVP of this league, played in

Bill Belichick just might have done it again: found a way to outfox his opponents with another low-risk, high-reward move that the rest of the league was afraid to make. 

a person standing in front of a crowd: Cam Newton joins the Patriots after nine seasons with the Panthers. © Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports Cam Newton joins the Patriots after nine seasons with the Panthers.

Cam Newton has a list of questions to answer, but if capable of doing so, New England’s acquisition of the former NFL MVP could look like a stroke of genius by year’s end. 

This union, of course, comes as no surprise. Everybody and his brother started fantasizing about it when Tom Brady bolted for Tampa and the Carolina Panthers sent Newton packing in a seven-day span in late March.

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It just made too much sense — for both sides. 

Newton, the one-time face of the league, now sports a massive chip on his surgically repaired right shoulder. Belichick, meanwhile, enters the 2020 season with similar motivation.

Both have been counted out. Both have had their last rites read.

The Panthers wrote off Newton despite a body of work in nine seasons that included four playoff appearances, a trip to the Super Bowl and an MVP campaign.

The NFL world has discounted Belichick and his Patriots following Brady’s departure, disregarding his legendary résumé and six Lombardi Trophies.

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Cam Newton to the New England Patriots seems like such an obvious move. When healthy, the 2015 NFL MVP is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and the Patriots just lost Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after 20 years and six Super Bowls. But after trading away former draft picks

Cam Newton , pictured in 2019, was drafted first over all in 2011 and had spent his entire career with Carolina.Credit Grant Halverson/Getty Images.

Newton’s critics believe nine seasons of pounding have rendered his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame virtually useless. The critics of Belichick and the Patriots eagerly anticipate their demise as younger, more explosive teams have overtaken them.

But here they stand — Newton and Belichick — both stubbornly embracing the next challenge rather than riding off into the sunset. 

Both stand to reap handsome rewards for their patience.

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Newton endured a three-month wait on the open market as coronavirus restrictions prevented him from visiting teams and taking physicals to prove the soundness of the shoulder and foot injuries that reduced his 2019 season to just two games. 

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Cam Newton to the New England Patriots seems like such Greg Olsen, Newton ’s longtime Panthers teammate who’s now with the Seahawks “I think that’s been a challenge for him. I just hope that as things continue opening up and life sort of starts resembling some normalcy again that he can

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But he couldn’t have asked for a better situation in a quarterback landscape that dramatically shifted this offseason. 

Where else was he going to go? To the Chargers, whose coaches are high on Tyrod Taylor and used the sixth overall pick to draft Oregon’s Justin Herbert? Follow Ron Rivera to Washington, where ownership is heavily invested in second-year pro Dwayne Haskins? Las Vegas, to duke it out with Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota? Jacksonville, where a proven quarterback is needed, but Newton's style would’ve badly clashed with that of offensive coordinator Jay Gruden? 

None of those rebuilding projects would have translated into the career revival that Newton both craves and is capable of achieving, if healthy. 

New England, however, offers just about everything that Newton could ask for.

The wizardly offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who made guys like Jacoby Brissett and Tim Tebow (in Denver) look like playoff-caliber quarterbacks.

The three-headed rushing attack and collection of young, developing wide receivers.

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new england patriots . Eli Manning had enough Super Bowl magic to best Patriots again. The Patriots still may be an AFC East nightmare. Aside from the free agent’s injury history and the Pats ’ cap space, there’s reportedly one definitive reason Newton will likely never be a Patriot .

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The backing of a consistently formidable defensive attack and special teams unit.

A locker room full of leaders to lighten his load.

And most importantly, a head coach, who’s not afraid to defy conventionalism, take a chance on castoffs and reconfigure his team’s identity depending on roster strengths. 

For Newton, the table essentially is set. He doesn’t even have to start Day 1. 

Sure, as a fierce competitor, he will want no part of a backup role. And if you’re to believe the numerous workout videos that he has shared on social media, Newton is back to 100% and in great shape. But if his body requires a slower-than-anticipated reacclimation process, or if he needs more than training camp and preseason to become comfortable with New England’s playbook and terminology, the Patriots could rely on Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham for the first few weeks of the regular season.

It’ll be interesting to see how McDaniels tailors the offense to Newton’s strengths. In recent years, New England has shifted to being a more run-oriented team to ease pressure on the aging Brady. McDaniels’ emphasis on shorter passes and timing routes also will help lessen wear and tear on Newton’s shoulder while also protecting a body long subjected to abuse thanks to the quarterback’s fearless style of play.

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Having played for four different coordinators in nine seasons, Newton has seen a lot. And a determination to prove his critics wrong will fuel his appetite while learning another system. At this point, Newton seemingly is poised to run an offense and pick his spots for off-script plays more judiciously. 

If that happens, Belichick and the Patriots will be greatly rewarded for this gamble.

They’ve been here before of course, although not at the quarterback position. But Belichick has a long history of striking gold on reclamation projects. Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Corey Dillon, Aqib Talib, Wes Welker ... The list goes on. 

Newton now has a chance to be next because Belichick has enough confidence in his own leadership, the Patriot Way and his staff’s ability to maximize the talents of players whom other teams were too scared to touch. 

Belichick really has nothing to lose here. Financially, Newton’s reported deal of $7.5 million is a bargain. And when it comes to expectations, most had already written New England’s obituary for the 2020 season. 

The Patriots already were prepared to navigate the year with the unproven Stidham and journeyman Hoyer. Why not see if Newton can regain his top-10 form and position his new squad for yet another AFC East title run?

The timing couldn’t be any more perfect.

Belichick and Newton wouldn’t have been right for each other back in 2011, or even 2015 when Cam was flashing his megawatt smile and doing his Superman flex after every big play. But now, a humbled and hungry Newton is primed to reinvent himself and extend his career. Now, Belichick has experienced the terrors that a scrambling quarterback can inflict on even the most formidable defense, and he’s ready to embrace the brand of football that is taking over the NFL.

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The mastermind of roster architecture, Belichick spent the offseason retooling his team to better support the quarterback and compensate for whatever deficiencies Stidham and Hoyer exhibit. This squad certainly can pick up the slack for Newton’s superior talents.

So, New England doesn’t need Newton to be Super Cam as the Panthers and their talent-deficient squads did for all those years. If Belichick and Co. can simply get Cyborg Cam, the AFC East can be had.

The payoff for such a minimal investment could be great for all parties involved. A successful year could translate into a nice payday in 2021 and a lengthy second act for Newton, and for Belichick, this year could lay groundwork for the next chapter of the coach’s storied reign.

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