They haven’t played a game yet, but Cam Newton says he and the New England Patriots, led by future Hall of Fame coach Bill Belichick, are a “match made in heaven.”
Skeptics questioned whether Belichick’s coaching style would mesh with Newton’s personality; Newton signed with New England, which lost Tom Brady in free agency this offseason, in July and is expected to be the starter when the season kicks off this week.
Newton, speaking on Boston sports radio WEEI’s “Greg Hill Show” Monday morning, initially wanted to know if Belichick’s gruff exterior lived up to reputation.
"Is it real what they say about Belichick? Is it going to be too … I didn't know,” Newton asked himself before making his decision to sign with the Pats. “I think, honestly, it's been a match made in heaven for me, just knowing that I'm at a place where everything is pulling in the same direction and everything is geared toward winning."
Cam Newton warms up during New England Patriots Training Camp at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Maddie Meyer, Getty Images)
Newton spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers, who released him in March after he played two games in 2019 due to a foot injury.
The 2015 league MVP pointed to the list of star players who have been successful under Belichick.
"Coming from a person that has won at all levels, I feel as if I do the things the right way, trusting a lot of the same people that got me to this point, and trusting coaching, I think this is something that when you look at an opportunity in a timely manner it can be accomplished," he told the radio show.
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