Head coach Bill Belichick addressed the Patriots’ quarterback situation on Wednesday, saying, “We do not answer this question every day.”
But really, Belichick has not answered the question at all – which means that Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott is unsure which quarterback his AFC East champions will face on Monday.
At least McDermott seems to be taking it in stride.
“We do our due diligence. That’s what I can say, ”McDermott said on Wednesday via Zack Cox of NESN. “No matter what they play, they are both good quarterbacks, both play at a high level. So we have to prepare to play our best football is how we look at it. ”
Newton has started 13 games this season, with Bryan Hoyer starting on the 14th. He is thrown to just 2,381 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions, though he also rushed to 489 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In his second year out of Auburn, Stidham is 18-of-33, passing for 212 yards with a couple of touchdowns and three picks. He has appeared in four games.
“I know he’s only had certain snaps in the regular season, but he looks like a good young player and has determined athletics to go with the position,” McDermott said of Stidham. “So we have nothing but great respect for Jarrett and Cam and their entire program.”
It’s obvious the Patriots would play Stidham to see how the youngster calls will perform in a full game with a full week of preparation. But with Belichick holding his cards close to the West, McDermott is wise to prepare for both QBs.