The 2020 season wasn’t Josh McDaniels’ finest year as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator. That was largely due to struggles at quarterback, which the team is hoping to address in their QB competition this year.
In an interview on Sunday, McDaniels reiterated that veteran Cam Newton remains the starter at quarterback. He pointed to how well he’s done in practice and in the preseason, and said that it will be head coach Bill Belichick who makes the final call.
“I know this is going to sound silly, but I haven’t really worried about it,” McDaniels said, via NESN. “I think that decision from Bill will be made when the time is right to make it. Cam certainly is the starter now, and he has done a good job. He has gone in there, he played well the other night. He’s practiced well. But, I know those guys are really competing hard and we’re giving them an opportunity to compete and play a lot of football.
“…I am very pleased with the effort that we’re putting in at the quarterback position, the improvements we’re making, and the way that we’re attempting to run the offense. Everything isn’t perfect. We still have a long way to go and things we can work on and improve and make better, but I think the desire to do it, the way we want to do it to the standard that we’re trying to hold them to I think is right where we want it to be.”
“Cam (Newton) certainly is the starter now.”
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 22, 2021
Last year the New England Patriots offense finished ranked 27th in the league in offense. It was their lowest ranking of the entire Bill Belichick era.
Arguably the biggest issue with the offense was the quarterback position, which contributed very little. The Patriots made the gutsy draft move of taking Alabama’s Mac Jones No. 15 overall as their QB of the future.
But with another year in the system, there’s optimism that Cam Newton will be able to run the system better.
Is McDaniels making the right move in how he’s handling the quarterback situation?
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