Patriots

Belichick reiterates his belief in Cam Newton as Patriots’ starting quarterback

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

Despite pulling Cam Newton for Jarrett Stidham in Sunday's blowout loss to the 49ers, Bill Belichick said after the game that Newton was still the starting quarterback.

"Yeah, absolutely," Belichick said. "Just wanted to give Stid a little experience here."

A day and a viewing of the film later, Belichick was in the same camp.

“I think (Newton's) our best player there, so again, there are other problems offensively," Belichick told WEEI's Ordway, Merloni & Fauria. "There are things we need to do better and that is what we're going to work on. I think we have our best players out there. We just have to find a way to be more productive. We have been at times, but we certainly weren’t yesterday, and we need to see if we can improve that.”

Between Newton and Belichick, it seemed like everyone was in agreement that Newton is not operating the position properly — it's not a physical issue.