New England Patriots

Jul 30, 2021; Foxborough, MA, United States; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reacts during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The unescapable topic of the summer in New England football circles has been the team’s quarterback situation. Fans have worked themselves up trying to answer two questions – who will start under center for the Patriots in Week 1, and how long will it take for Mac Jones to overtake Cam Newton for the job.

While some obsess over which direction the team will go, one of the individuals who has a hand in the decision isn’t losing any sleep over it. Speaking to the media on Sunday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels downplayed the situation with just a week left in training camp.

“I know this is going to sound silly, but I haven’t really worried about it,” McDaniels replied when asked if he has any idea who the starting quarterback will be Week 1 against Miami. “I think that decision from Bill [Belichick] will be made when the time is right to make it.”

McDaniels did follow up by echoing a point Belichick has been making since the draft, addressing the quarterback situation as it currently stands. “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.”

At the end of the answer, McDaniels added “I know those guys are really competing hard and we’re giving them an opportunity to compete and play a lot of football.”

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