New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has had an uncanny ability to adjust to his personnel and get the most out of his players over the years. It’s why the Patriots have become the picture of success in professional sports, and why some began to doubt how much Tom Brady brought to the table.
If he ends up following through on a recent idea he shared with the media, his legend will only grow. When asked about the possibility of going with a QB-by-committee approach, he had this to say (via The Score):
“I always say I’ll do what I think is best for the team, what gives us the best chance to win.
“Whatever that is, I would certainly consider that, if it’s run an unbalanced line or double-unbalanced line or 23 personnel or whatever it is. If it helps us win, then I would consider anything.”
The question likely came up because it is unclear who the Patriots starting quarterback is going to be this season. According to reports, reps are getting split between Brian Hoyer, Jarrett Stidham, and Cam Newton.
While Hoyer is the most familiar with the Patriots system, Stidham is likely the future franchise QB. But Cam Newton is the most dynamic of the three. However, he is also the least familiar with the system.
Two-QB systems are not uncommon in the college game, but few are successful even at that level. NFL teams have tried to use certain quarterbacks for specific offensive packages, but success has been hard to come by (i.e., the New York Jets and the Tim Tebow experiment).
Teams have had limited success with a second quarterback running a few plays here and there (Taysom Hill and the Saints come to mind). However, no one has really tried to go with a true quarterback platoon or committee approach before.
But if anyone could make it work, it’s Bill Belichick.
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