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Bedard: It seems pointless to start Cam Newton vs. Bills, why won’t Belichick start Stidham?

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The last time we asked and answered this question — Why won’t Bill Belichick just let Jarrett Stidham sink or swim? — in the wake of the loss to the Rams, the Patriots were technically still alive for a postseason berth.

And that, our sources told us at the time, was the answer.

Well now the Patriots are sitting at 6-8, officially eliminated and three games back in the loss column from the AFC party (ouch), yet Col. William S. Belichick still intends to send Lance Cpl. Cameron J. Newton into the barracks against the division champion Buffalo Bills tonight at Gillette Stadium (I guess that would make Jarrett Stidham, Pfc. Louden Downey? ... Cam! Cam! Cam!).

Again, we ask .. why?

Good luck getting an answer out of Belichick. He's gone full Jessep to the Daniel Kaffees of the local media since the Nov. 1st loss to the Bills that was the beginning of the end for the Patriots' playoff chances.

"Yeah I mean we’ve talked about that," Belichick told WEEI's Lou Merloni most recently. "We’ve talked about that question. It’s been several weeks and we continue to ask the same question. I’m done with it."

"How about if I let you know whether we're going to make a change?" Belichick snapped at Mike Reiss.

Let me translate that for you...

"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to the mediots who rise and sleep under the blanket of the very income I provide — good luck covering the effing Jaguars, you nitwits — then questions the manner in which I provide it. I'd prefer you just said, 'Thank you,' and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a helmet and hit somebody. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to."

Ok, fair enough. I've actually been entertained by the whole thing. And, really, the man will go down as the greatest coach in football history and he's won six Lombardies with the Patriots and had a 20-year run that will be unmatched. He's entitled to one stinker.

But seriously, what the (expletive) is it with Newton?

Well, according to sources in and around the team, here is the latest on why Belichick refuses to start Stidham over Newton: