Cam Newton reacts to thought he won't be able to handle Bill Belichick


A popular point of discussion since the Patriots signed Cam Newton has been how will he work with Bill Belichick?

Most of his former coaches who have spoke since the signing have believed it's a great fit. But, then there was Kyle Love, who played for the Patriots and also with Newton, and he questioned the fit and Newton being able to handle Belichick's style.

Newton responded to that notion speaking via video conference Friday.

“Listen, listen, there’s a lot of things that I’ll just say is a perception," he said. "But at the end of the day, it’s just football. I’ve loved it ever since I’ve been here – going on a week now. You hear rumors about certain things, but once you get settled in, none of that really matters. It’s about find a way to prove your worth on the team.”

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also chimed in and he doesn't see it being an issue, either.

"Knowing him how I do now, and again, that's not to say we've had a long relationship, I think he's a really good communicator," he said. "He tells you when he feels comfortable with something and he tells you when he doesn't, and I think at the beginning of any relationship, I think that's a really good place to start is, 'Hey, I'm going to be trying to move at a pace that suits you and you just be honest and tell me you know, what I need to do better in terms of trying to communicate it to you.' So, I think he's really done a good job of that. I've talked to some people that have been with them in the past and he's a very coachable guy this guy wants to work and he's worked really hard since we signed him, and he's trying to gain every day, which is really all we can ask of him.

"Again, I think the process of learning how to communicate, and really at the end of the day coach and motivate each player that comes with more experience and exposure to him on the field, (how they) handle adversity. What happens when we make mistakes, you know, when we correct them, etc., and those opportunities. I think we're all looking forward to going through them together. That's how you build a good relationship."

Newton will be competing with second-year QB Jarrett Stidham for the starting job this summer.