Cam Newton's private QB coach on him joining Patriots: You almost wonder, why would the league allow this?

Ryan Hannable
July 02, 2020 - 1:02 pm

Cam Newton's private quarterback coach George Whitfield loves the fit for his client in New England.

"You almost wonder, why would the league allow this?" he said in an interview with ESPN's Tim Keown. "From a competitive standpoint, Cam and (Bill) Belichick is a natural fit. It literally takes a shark to recognize another shark."

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Newton signed a one-year deal that only has $550,000 guaranteed and is worth up to $7.5 million with incentives.

For the Patriots, who have second-year player Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer on the roster, it was a no-brainer at that price.

One of the narratives with Newton joining the Patriots is he will have a hard time adapting to life as a Patriot. Whitfield calls that narrative "lazy."

“Suggesting that Cam can’t adapt to Belichick is a lazy narrative,” Whitfield said. “Cam recognizes this as a singular opportunity. I can imagine Belichick telling him, ‘You have goals, and you have a chip on your shoulder. We have goals, and our shoulders look the same as yours — just not as big.’"

It's likely both sides are hoping for a win-win this coming season -- Newton performs well enough to get a big contract next offseason and by Newton playing well, the Patriots have a great season and have things set up for Stidham in 2021.

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