Cam and Belichick con­nec­tion could mean mis­ery for Gang

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY CHARLES MC­DON­ALD

Cam New­ton join­ing the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots is ex­cit­ing as hell.

This is a pair­ing that truly al­lows the mind to wan­der into the promis­ing depths of the un­known. New­ton is one of the defin­ing fig­ures in this gen­er­a­tion of foot­ball and Bill Belichick is widely re­garded as the great­est foot­ball coach of all time. From his na­tional cham­pi­onship sea­son at Auburn to his

MVP sea­son in 2015, New­ton hasn’t needed much help to win mean­ing­ful games.

Now, he has Belichick pulling the strings on his come­back tour, and for the Pa­tri­ots, it’s a gam­ble well worth tak­ing.

For the Jets, it could be a dis­as­ter in the mak­ing.

The last time New­ton was fully healthy was the first half of the 2018 sea­son. Carolina was 6-2, New­ton was fresh off the dis­man­tling of the vaunted Ravens de­fense and he was firmly in the MVP sit­u­a­tion.

Since then, foot and shoul­der in­juries have hin­dered New­ton, but if he’s as healthy as he was two years ago, the Pa­tri­ots should be right back as an AFC con­tender. New­ton played in only two games dur­ing the 2019 sea­son and his body may be

healed enough to the point where he can come back and be one of the best quar­ter­backs in the league.

Even if New­ton isn’t at his phys­i­cal peak like he was dur­ing his 2015 sea­son, he’s still one of the most phys­i­cally gifted play­ers Belichick has had a chance to work with. Belichick has never had the op­por­tu­nity to tin­ker with a tal­ent like New­ton.

The Pa­tri­ots gave a glimpse of what their of­fense could look like with a mo­bile quar­ter­back when Ja­coby Bris­sett started a few games dur­ing the 2016 sea­son.

New­ton can ob­vi­ously bring much more fire­power as a run­ner and a passer.

New Eng­land’s crop of wide re­ceivers may not be very im­pres­sive, but that’s not a new ex­pe­ri­ence for New­ton, and it shouldn’t tem­per any­one’s ex­cite­ment about New­ton’s pair­ing with New Eng­land. Hell, his best re­ceiver was Ted Ginn Jr. when the Pan­thers made it to Super Bowl 50.

But no one knows how healthy Cam New­ton is. No one knows ex­actly how the Pa­tri­ots will build an of­fense suited for New­ton’s skill set. No one knows how their re­ceivers will play with New­ton.

What ev­ery­one knows is this team with this quar­ter­back and th­ese coaches has the po­ten­tial to be truly great.

New­ton ap­pears to be the an­tithe­sis of what the Pa­tri­ots have typ­i­cally looked for in foot­ball play­ers. He’s a flashy, big­play ma­chine and he’ll let de­fend­ers know when he’s cook­ing with hot grease against them. The op­pos­ing ap­proaches to the game are al­most as com­pelling as the po­ten­tial of the on-field ac­tion.

Don’t lie: A touch­down scor­ing, end zone danc­ing, dunkingin-your-face Cam New­ton is fun to think about. He’s in the best place pos­si­ble to make that a re­al­ity.

Let your mind roam free. Ev­ery out­come — good, bad or oth­er­wise — is in play here and the “good” is aw­fully tantalizin­g to en­vi­sion.

Cam New­ton has great chance to re­vive his ca­reer now that he’s paired with Bill Belichick. GETTY

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