Hoyer Or Stidham? Patriots Have An Fascinating QB Dilemma Heading Into Week 5

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By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — After three weeks of some exhilarating quarterback play from Cam Newton, the Patriots have been smacked with a dose of actuality when each Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham turned in uninspiring performances Monday night time in opposition to the Chiefs.

With Newton in quarantine following a constructive COVID-19 take a look at over the weekend, the Patriots needed to flip to their backups within the workforce’s largest recreation of the 12 months. Hoyer received the beginning, contemplating he’s a 12-year vet and earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart all through camp. Invoice Belichick isn’t one to easily give a participant a job primarily based on the place they have been drafted or their upside, so Stidham began the sport with a clipboard.

That was solely non permanent although, as Hoyer regarded like a profession backup all through the 26-10 loss. What was rust at first became a pair of full mind cramps, resulting in some pricey sacks within the purple zone. First, Hoyer was sacked on the finish of the half with time expiring, costing the Patriots three factors in a 6-Three recreation. It turned what might have been a momentum-filled locker room at halftime into a particularly awkward place.

However Belichick went again to the 35-year-old to begin the second half, and Hoyer rewarded him with… one other pricey sack. This time it was a strip sack by Taco Charlton on the KC 16-yard line, a disappointing finish to a promising 13-play drive that price the Patriots extra factors on the scoreboard.

Costing your workforce factors is the largest no-no in soccer. Doing it twice is just unacceptable, particularly from a veteran like Hoyer.

After that strip-sack, the Chiefs marched down the sphere in seven performs and have been off and operating when Patrick Mahomes’ landing move to Tyreek Hill gave Kansas Metropolis a 13-Three lead.

Hoyer held on to the ball for means too lengthy in each of his psychological gaffes, turning into a statue within the pocket, and that second sack/fumble was the final straw for Belichick and Josh McDaniels.

Hoyer has now misplaced 11 straight begins. He took all of the blame for these pricey miscues — and Belichick made it clear that they have been on Hoyer’s shoulders — after the loss.

“It’s disappointing,” stated Hoyer, who completed 15-for-24 for 130 yards and a choose. “You by no means need to get taken out of a recreation. Coach made the choice and I perceive. Simply two dangerous choices within the red-area actually price us factors. It’s irritating. It’s disappointing. I’ve to do a greater job.”

Hoyer was changed by Stidham, who appeared to quickly invigorate the New England offense by main the cost on a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended together with his first profession landing move, discovering N’Keal Harry on a fade route in the long run zone. The drive was aided by a Chiefs move interference on the eight-yard line, which negated an finish zone interception a number of performs previous to the landing, however not less than Stidham took benefit of the chance.

Sadly the remainder of the night time didn’t go as effectively for the second-year QB. He threw one other pick-six, the second of his younger profession, although a lot of the blame for that one falls on Julian Edelman’s un-sticky fingers. However Stidham adopted up that choose by throwing one other on an ill-advised deep ball to Damiere Byrd on New England’s ensuing drive.

Stidham completed his night time 5-for-13 for 60 yards, a landing and two interceptions.

“It’s good to get on the market and to play and to get these reps, however it’s clearly very irritating to not come away with a win, throwing the 2 interceptions and so forth,” he stated after the loss. “I feel I’ll be capable to take a deeper look as soon as I’m able to watch the movie. I undoubtedly suppose there’s some higher throws I might have made on the market on the sphere. I’m anxious to look at the movie and see what I can do higher.”

Within the second half, Hoyer and Stidham had three turnovers that led to 14 Kansas Metropolis factors.

It units up an attention-grabbing dilemma because the Patriots put together for a Week 5 matchup with the 1-Three Denver Broncos. Who will get the beginning if Newton isn’t cleared — or isn’t match to play — on Sunday? Neither Hoyer or Stidham did a lot to earn the beginning, so it boils all the way down to who did much less to lose it?

Belichick didn’t supply any perception on Monday night time, saying that beginning Hoyer was what they felt was finest for the workforce. They didn’t contemplate making a change at halftime as a result of the workforce was solely down three factors, which will likely be an apparent second-guess for the following day or so.

Newton’s standing for Sunday is extraordinarily iffy. He’s reportedly asymptomatic, and if he stays so, should have two straight adverse COVID assessments 24 hours aside to be taken off the NFL’s reserve/COVID record. That might occur later this week if all the things goes effectively, however we’re now seven months into this pandemic and will know that normally isn’t how issues work out. And even when Cam is cleared to play, the Patriots should decide if it’s within the workforce’s finest curiosity to begin Newton after lacking a whole week of follow.

Chances are high it would be of their finest curiosity, primarily based on what we noticed from Hoyer and Stidham on Monday night time. However the Patriots ought to be ready to begin both of their backups Sunday in opposition to Denver.

If it involves that, one would hope that Belichick would roll with Stidham. The youngin confirmed much more than Hoyer on Monday night time, although that doesn’t actually say an excessive amount of. He confirmed some uncooked capacity and a lot better arm power, and you’ll hope that he would enhance his choice making with extra reps.

However don’t be stunned if Belichick turns again to Hoyer. The veteran was clearly rusty to begin, and one would hope that his pocket presence improves after every week of tongue-lashings within the movie room. And in that situation, it could be simple to show to Stidham once more ought to Hoyer flounder.

Fingers are crossed all through New England that Newton will make a miraculous restoration in time to begin Sunday. But when that doesn’t occur, the Patriots could possibly be in for an additional recreation of musical chairs at QB in opposition to Denver.

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