Boomer Esiason on GHS: Cam Newton is not good match with Patriots, team going through ‘major rebuild’


Many people have raved about Cam Newton’s fit with the Patriots over the last few months.

But not CBS NFL analyst and WFAN radio host Boomer Esiason.

Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, Esiason explained why he does not believe Newton and the Patriots are a good fit and also said the team is going through a “major rebuild.”

“The bottom line is [Jarrett] Stidham got hurt, Cam got in there and they are paying him no money whatsoever,” he said. “When you see him up close and personal, he is an unbelievable athlete. Your breath actually gets taken away because he is so good. I still think this is not a great match. Although, I will say he’s got a great coaching staff. The coaching staff will put him in a situation and call the plays that I believe are going to get the best out of him. I don’t think he’s that accurate on third down. I think if he turns the football over that is when a change could come. But, there’s no question Josh McDaniels will have plays in the playbook that they didn’t have with Tom Brady just simply because Cam is a better athlete. That doesn’t mean he’s a better quarterback, it just means he’s a different type of quarterback.

“I think it is one of the more fascinating stories in the league - the Patriots basically with 19 players missing from last year’s squad are basically going through a major rebuild. We all know it. Between the opt outs, between the free agency [losses], Rob Gronkowski coming back to play with Tom Brady down in Tampa, this is going to be one interesting year for Coach Belichick.

“I have already noticed a difference about him. It seems like maybe he is more relaxed. Maybe he’s taken shots at Brady by telling everybody how great Cam Newton is. It all seems a little childish to me, but I think it is going to be a struggle. There’s no question about it. And I think it is going to be really hard for Cam to be the player that he was in 2015. He’s just not that same player anymore.”

While he’s calling it a “major rebuild,” Esiason says a .500 record is in the cards.

“I think a .500 record is definitely attainable, especially in the division that they are in,” he said. “Miami is still rebuilding. The Jets, they are still rebuilding. Miami’s quarterback is not ready to get started yet, although Fitz [Ryan Fitzpatrick] could give everybody headaches like we’ve seen before, but he also could turn the ball over.

“I still think the Patriots will have a very good defense even though their linebackers are going to be all young, all new guys that people never heard of. I think their defensive line is still going to be solid and the best part of their team is going to be their secondary and their special teams. They will run the ball, there’s no question about it.

“The question will be, will they be effective on third down? When you look at their tight end production last year, it was the worst in the league. Their wide receivers collectively were one of the worst groups in the league in terms of numbers put up and now you’re asking a new quarterback to go in there and try to do what Tom Brady has done for 20 years. It’s almost impossible.”

The Patriots open the season this Sunday by hosting Miami.