Cam Newton continues mutual admiration society with Bill Belichick
Cam Newton and Bill Belichick are engaged in something of a mutual admiration society of late, as the relationship between the unlikely dynamic duo continues to blossom.
The high praise the two have heaped on one another as the season has progressed was ramped up Thursday when the quarterback went so far as to jokingly suggest that the iconic head coach might just have a hotline to the almighty.
Newton made some interesting remarks following the New England Patriots’ upset win over the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. The former MVP gushed about Belichick’s coaching acumen, suggesting the Pats boss is a “football whisperer” who has a “straight direct line to the football gods,” among other accolades.
Cam Newton on Belichick: "I'm beginning to think he either has like a Staples easy button or a Buffalo Wild Wings button or just a straight direct line to the football gods because he's like a football whisperer when it comes to anticipating what the game's going to be like."— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 16, 2020
Speaking with reporters Thursday ahead of the Patriots’ visit to Houston to face the Texans Sunday, Newton was asked about his nickname game for Belichick, specifically how he called his coach “Dolla Dolla Bill” earlier this season as well as the “football whisperer” moniker.
Newton insists the latter wasn’t a nickname at all and kicked it up a notch when explaining why.
“Those weren’t nicknames,” Newton said. “That’s his reach, you know what I’m saying? As he says, I don’t want to get the number wrong, don’t quote me on this, but he always says, ‘I’ve been coaching this game a long time — 47-plus years.’ I scratch my head like, ’47 years?! Dang.’ He’s got a lot of connections in his rolodex of numbers. I wouldn’t be surprised if God or Jesus [is] on one of those yellow pages he’s got tucked under his desk. I wouldn’t be surprised.”
The Patriots weathered a four-game slide where Newton’s play was not up to snuff and have since rebounded to win two straight to leave the team with a 4-5 record.
Given how Belichick effusively praised Newton earlier this week — at least in his patented Belichickian manner — it appears that the unlikely partnership between the two seemingly incongruent personalities is trending in the right direction.