Transcribed by Zack Cox via Sirius XM NFL:
"I can see why he had the kind of success that he had at Auburn and at Carolina," Belichick said. "In talking to people that were with him there, the things that they said about him at Auburn and at Carolina from a decade ago or two, three years ago, or even last year, it was all the same, and it showed up here. He's an extremely hard worker. He stays late, and he works very hard. Some players like to work on things that they're good at, like if you're strong on a bench press, then you just keep throwing more weight on the bench. But Cam is the type of player that works on things that he's not as good at and really tries to improve on a daily basis, and that's something that I really respect about him. That's not easy for players - really any of us - to do. Look at something that we don't feel like we're very good at or it is not one of our strengths and put extra time into it. I would say that is a natural tendency to do things you're good at. He's worked extremely hard in all those areas. He's got a great personality. He gets along with everybody. He's very social and has a great presence, whether it is in a small room of a couple people or in a bigger group, and he's highly competitive. He's very, very competitive on the field. He always wants to do his best and do better than the guy he's competing against. You see that from - everybody's competitive - but I think there are different degrees of it, and it looks like, based on what I've seen, I would put him in the top echelon of that. But his competition extends way beyond the field. It's off the field and in meetings and training and so forth. It's important for him to be the first guy up the hill when we run sprints, and it's important for him to be first in everything that he competes in. You can see the effort and the amount of energy that he puts into that. I'd say those are some of the things that have jumped out in the month or so that we've been here in person."
Well it was a good try. When your franchise quarterback of 20 years up and leaves you're put into a position where you have to scramble, throw shit at the wall and hope something sticks. After reading these damning quotes it would appear that the Cam Newton experiment is over in New England. I mean just read between the lines on this one. A lot of people haven't been carefully listening to Bill Belichick speak for 67% of their lives so they might not pick on the intricacies here, so allow me to spell it out for you.
"He's always working on the things he's bad at." Big Yikes. Why is he so bad at so many things? That man has a family, Bill, take it easy! One thing about Bill Belichick is he does not like bad football players. He's almost exclusively had the good players in New England for his entire tenure as head coach. So this kind of review about someone who is supposed to play quarterback is alarming to say the least. Outside of this Cam seems to really be rubbing everyone the wrong way inside the locker room. Guy wont stop competing with anyone and everyone he comes in contact with. Wont stop dominating everyone in drills. Refuses to let anyone else win in sprints. He keeps speaking up in meetings trying to get on the same page with his coaches and his teammates. I mean, seriously, the fuck is this guy's problem? Oh well, it was worth a shot. No harm no foul. I imagine Belichick already sent the moving truck to Cam's house and told him to pack his shit and try his act somewhere else. Although after this scouting report I don't know who would want this talentless malcontent on their roster.
PS: Never forget there were people - real alive people who can vote - whose immediate reaction to BILL BELICHICK signing CAM NEWTON was that it had no chance of succeeding. That he wouldn't even make the roster. That he was the only quarterback in history who was incapable of recovering from an injury. They said this the same summer Alex Smith and his roll of quarters for a leg came back. Also never forget there are people still, right now, who think there is a QB competition for the New England Patriots. That competition died the day he signed and all of our wide receivers immediately hopped on planes amidst a pandemic to start working out with him. This is Cam's team. You've trusted Belichick for 20 years and he's telling you, loudly, that this is the guy. I don't know why you'd stop trusting him now.