After Cam Newton agreed to a contract with the Patriots, former Patriot Randy Moss said that we’ll have a chance to see “really see how fun that offense can really be” with a player like Newton at quarterback.
Moss was careful to note that his comments weren’t meant to discredit anything Tom Brady did in New England while talking about his interest in seeing what Newton can do with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels calling the shots on offense. Newton shared a similar view during a roundtable discussion with Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Todd Gurley for Beckham’s YouTube channel.
Newton said he felt disrespected by the lack of interest in his services this offseason, but changed to feeling “vindicated by some degree” by the fact that the Patriots moved to sign him as the possible heir to Brady. He also noted that he offers McDaniels a chance to do some new things in the offense.
“We have to talk about the elephant in the room,” Newton said. “You know who you’re coming after? I’m like ‘Yeah, great.’ What he was, what he is, is great, needs no even talking about it. But one thing about it though: Coach McDaniels, you’re able to call some stuff that you ain’t ever been able to call now. You’re getting a dog. You’re getting one of these ticked off dogs, too. And I’m looking at the schedule and I’m like ‘Who we’re playing? That team passed on me! OK, that team passed on me. They could’ve came and got me.'”
We wondered last week whether McDaniels might look to his experience coaching Tim Tebow when it comes to molding the offense around Newton, but it’s a safe bet that things are going to look different whether he draws on his past or comes up with something completely different for the first days of post-Brady football in New England.