New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Gillette Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Do the Patriots have a quarterback controversy on their hands? Apparently not.

Bill Belichick gave a shockingly definitive answer on the Patriots’ quarterback situation after the team lost in ugly fashion to the San Francisco 49ers, 33-6. The head coach confirmed with no hesitation that Cam Newton will remain the starting QB going forward.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Belichick said when asked if Newton is still the team’s starter. “Just wanted to give Stid [Jarrett Stidham] a little experience there.”

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Newton had his worst game of the season through the air, going 9-for-15 for 98 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. His accuracy and decision-making were poor. But despite that, Jarrett Stidham’s 39.2 passer rating in garbage time was somehow worse than Newton’s 39.7.

So obviously, Stidham isn’t exactly seizing the day despite a recent opportunity to out-perform the incumbent. But for now, Belichick is hanging his hopes on Newton turning his game around going forward. It won’t exactly get much easier, as a road date with the Buffalo Bills awaits the Patriots in Week 8.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at

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