Pioli: I Don't See Cam Newton, Bill Belichick Coexisting

Newton and Belichick would be "like oil and water," Scott Pioli says

Zach Gelb
April 06, 2020 - 10:30 am
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After losing Tom Brady to free agency, the New England Patriots, as of now, move forward with Jarrett Stidham atop their QB depth chart.

But will Stidham actually be the Patriots’ starter in Week 1?

“That’s what my instincts tell me,” former Patriots executive Scott Pioli said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I think they obviously think – I don’t want to say highly of him – but they think well enough of him. He’s been in the system, he’s seen it for a year, and I think they’re going to give him a shot. . . . I can also see them getting a more decorated veteran or [a quarterback] in this draft. Their entire quarterback room is not filled yet.”

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton is the epitome of a “decorated veteran,” but Pioli does not think Newton would be a good fit in New England.

“I’ve heard a lot of people talk about that, and in my mind, having spent as much time with Bill as I did, I don’t see those two coexisting together,” said Pioli, who worked for the Patriots from 2000 to 2008. “The personalities and the beliefs of how the game should be played and is played, it seems like oil and water. I just see them as being very different personalities and having very different approaches to the game.”

While Belichick and Newton are both passionate about winning, they go about it in different aways.

“[Belichick] believes in football more than entertainment,” Pioli said. “Cam believes that football and entertainment are almost equal partners. In this day and age, it is, but Bill has the soul of a football man. I couldn’t see that one working out too well, and if it did, it would have to be for probably one season.”

The biggest piece of advice Pioli could give any Patriots quarterback? It’s not about you.

“It’s always about some greater good than yourself, and you need to be selfless and not selfish,” he said of playing for Belichick. “Otherwise you’re just not going to make it in the program. That starts at the top in terms of players. It starts at the top with the quarterback.”