New England Patriots

Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) and head coach Bill Belichick look on from the sideline as they take on the San Francisco 49ers in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick reached unprecedented levels of success after partnering up with Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft. But as the Brady-Belichick Patriots emerged from their unprecedented 20-year run, pure pocket passers like No. 12 have become far less prevalent in the league over time. So are the Patriots willing to opt for more of a dual threat QB who’s more mobile than his pocket-trapped counterparts, like many teams have done in recent years?

Belichick isn’t so concerned about the decline of pocket passers and the rise of mobile QBs like Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson. To him, it’s more about a balance between maintaining a system and adapting it to the players’ strengths, whatever those may be.

“Yeah, I don’t know, I mean, I think every team is and has their own style of play, has their own type of offense,” Belichick said. “And so you’re looking for a player that’ll fit your style, or maybe you want to adapt your style to that player. I think that’s the way it is, really. When you draft almost any player, [and] you have a player that has a certain skill set that’s an impact player on your team no matter what position he plays, you probably want to try to accommodate and play to his strengths, utilize his skills the best that you can, whatever position that is.

“So honestly, [I’m] not that concerned with what the general trends and all that are. It’s really just trying to try to help our team and trying to find the best methods we can to make our team as competitive as we can, whatever that entails. And there’s certainly a lot of chapters in that book, a lot of different ways to do it. But, yeah, ultimately, I think you want to enhance the skills of your players, no matter what position they play.”

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