The post Tom Brady era in New England has been rough. When the Patriots first signed Cam Newton and through approx 2 games into the 2020 season, Patriots fans were all but convinced the dynasty would continue. That is until we quickly learned Cam Newton can’t throw a 4 yard pass to James White.
Dominating the media airwaves and Twitter conversations here in Boston, there was an age old debate happening to start the 2021 season: would Bill Belichick start a QB who sucks but is kinda cool, or a rookie QB whose name is McCorkle but is also from Alabama?
On the first big day of roster cuts, we got our answer.
Patriots fans really wanted Cam to be it. If not for the comments last week by Scott Zolak I’d say he had it pretty good here in New England. But after watching Mac Jones hit Gunner Olszewski in the hands (despite the drops) on a deep pass a few too many times, it seemed inevitable that Mac was THE GUY.
If we got 3 plays into week 1 and Cam hit Damian Harris in the feet for an incompletion the entire 6 state conglomerate would be calling for Mac. So Belichick didn’t even give the option.
While the release is shocking, I think the writing was honestly on the wall the longer Mac looked good for. The COVID situation from last week opened the floodgates for Mac to be QB1 and he never looked back. I don’t think Cam wanted to be a backup to a guy he fondly dubbed “Mac and Cheese”. Cam wants to be the guy, and he was out guy-d.
My theory is that Cam Newton asked to be released. He saw the writing on the wall. He was going to be usurped eventually. He still doesn't want to be a backup. This gives him a chance to potentially catch on somewhere else. Patriots get to roll with their first-round pick.— Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff) August 31, 2021
That leaves us in familiar territory with Brian Hoyer on the bench, and Stidham still working on his Instagram. Good luck ripping that job from McCorkle’s cold dead hands.