By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — This was at all times going to a wildly fascinating and intriguing summer season in Foxboro, because the Patriots entered their first season with out Tom Brady on the roster for the reason that 1990s. It was going to be a summer season of nice curiosity lengthy earlier than the pandemic made issues much more sophisticated, and lengthy earlier than the Patriots had signed Cam Newton.
However now that each one of these elements are mixed for this condensed coaching camp with no preseason? The insanity has multiplied ten instances over.
And for the primary time since Newton turned a Patriot, head coach Invoice Belichick took questions from the media. Although this session passed off over video convention as a substitute of in particular person, Belichick was very a lot the question-deflecting, non-answer giving superhuman press convention deliverer that he at all times is whereas on the podium.
“I believe that spot’s the identical as all the opposite spots on the crew. We’ve bought an extended strategy to go and we’ll see how issues end up,” Belichick mentioned when requested in regards to the uncommon state of affairs of the Patriots not essentially understanding who will likely be their beginning quarterback initially of coaching camp. “I can’t management how gamers carry out; that’s as much as them. We’ll give everyone a possibility and we’ll see what occurs. So … I don’t know.”
Later within the convention, Belichick was requested about using totally different performs to focus on totally different strengths of various quarterbacks throughout follow. Belichick didn’t flinch.
“I believe that’s … fairly than reply a particular query a couple of particular place, it’s actually the identical for all positions. You arrange a normal construction that you simply implement, everyone must be taught fundamentals, sure issues. And each participant, regardless of how lengthy he’s performed — whether or not he’s performed two years or 20 years — there’s nonetheless a fundamental development to coaching camp at that participant’s place. In order that’s actually what we’re gonna do, that’s the place we’re gonna begin. And that’s what in my view must be achieved, no matter who the participant is, what place he’s, whether or not he’s been right here for 10 years or whether or not that is his first 12 months. There’s nonetheless a sure course of that we now have to undergo and there are specific fundamentals and fundamentals in our offensive, defensive and particular groups techniques that have to be taught. And it will be very exhausting for any participant to perform effectively with out doing these.”
Belichick added: “To be able to be soccer crew, you should be good essentially, you should be sound, everyone wants to have the ability to execute fundamental assignments, methods and make fundamental changes, and people transcend to everyone in each unit. I don’t suppose there’s any method round that. In order that’s what we’ve at all times achieved, that’s what we proceed to do. I believe that’s the best way to do it. We’ve had an honest quantity of success doing it that method and I simply don’t see it occurring any otherwise.”
Belichick was requested particularly in regards to the missed reps for Stidham that he would have gotten by means of the spring and summer season below regular circumstances. Belichick as soon as once more likened the quarterback state of affairs to that of any place on the crew.
“Yeah effectively everyone missed these. In order that’s what it’s. Similar for everyone, and that’s the best way it went this 12 months,” Belichick answered. “That’s the best way it went in 2011 [with the lockout]. Some years are totally different from different years, and there’s nothing we will do about that. We are able to’t change it, so we’ll simply attempt to take advantage of out of each alternative that we will get going ahead. That’s all we will do.”
As for the signing of Newton, Belichick mentioned a number of work went into it — on each side.
“Issues labored out. We spent fairly a little bit of time with Cam and he spent fairly a little bit of time with us,” Belichick mentioned. “I believe there was some mutual curiosity. We went and spoke to fairly a little bit of variety of totally different individuals and a lot of totally different conversations I believe simply attempting to see how the match could be. It was very optimistic on our finish and I’m glad it labored out.”