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Marshall Newhouse shares unique insight into Cam Newton's Patriots fit

Marshall Newhouse shares unique insight into Cam Newton's Patriots fit

Patriots fans want to know how Cam Newton will adapt to New England after nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

The guy who played with Newton in Carolina and under Bill Belichick in New England has a pretty good idea.

Free-agent offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse, who spent the 2019 season with the Patriots, was Newton's teammate for 11 of the Panthers' 16 games in 2018.

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So, what does he say to the skeptics who believe Newton's supposed "strong personality" will clash with Belichick's supposed "no-nonsense approach" in New England?

"Some people who are just uncomfortable with a guy as strong in personality as Cam might see that as something that could cause friction," Newhouse said last week on Sirius XM NFL's "Late Hits" show, as transcribed by ESPN's Mike Reiss. "But people who are secure and understand what it takes to play in the NFL -- both Bill Belichick and [offensive coordinator] Josh McDaniels as a staff and Cam Newton as a guy who has matured and competed and grown so much over the years -- to those guys, none of this matters."

Translation: Belichick and the 31-year-old Newton are both adults who are committed to success and know what it takes to achieve it.

Newhouse witnessed Newton's drive first-hand when he first came to Carolina in September 2018.

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"My mornings started early, cramming the playbook," Newhouse recalled. "Lo and behold, Cam was there, hours before me, walking on the treadmill, studying his playbook. Same in the afternoon, with Luke Kuechly, studying, getting extra film work. So the work part is not a question. You can call it flamboyance, but he's just got a strong personality. He's a leader.

"But when has Bill Belichick ever shied away from that? We just assume they don't mesh with that kind of thing, but in reality, there are strong personalities all over the locker room. Everybody just knows their role. I think Cam will get there, and they'll kind of help him define what his role is, and he'll adapt to that. Them not being able to get along is just a fallacy, in my opinion."

Patriots safety Devin McCourty shares Newhouse's belief, recently pointing out that New England's locker room features an eclectic mix of personalities who aren't necessarily censored by Belichick like the public perceives.

While Newhouse believes Newton will be fine in Foxboro, though, he still doesn't believe the three-time Pro Bowler will be handed the QB job.

"I wouldn't shoo him in just yet, even though he's got the ability. It's all about health for him," Newhouse said. "They have a guy in Jarrett Stidham who I think they believe in. But he's young and unproven. So there's a lot of variables in play."

Newton will have to prove he's healthy after shoulder and foot injuries caused him to miss a total of 16 games over the last two seasons. But Newhouse is among many who believe the veteran QB will be a great fit in New England's locker room.

Agent Don Yee takes aim at the 'collegiate sports industrial complex'

Agent Don Yee takes aim at the 'collegiate sports industrial complex'

Don Yee is well known as the agent for Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Sean Payton and others.

But his longstanding effort to shine a light on the inequities of what he calls the “collegiate sports industrial complex” may wind up being as impactful on the game of football as the work he’s done with those greats.

This week, I spoke at length to Yee on our podcast about college football at a crossroads in this summer of COVID-19.

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In Yee’s view, the awakening that’s gone on among athletes as they’ve been strung along for months by the Dumb and Dumber coalition of coaches, college presidents and administrators has been building.

“It’s a situation that’s been gaining steam in my view for at least the last 10 to 12 years,” Yee said. “There’s been such a dramatic influx of money into the collegiate sports industrial complex that when you’ve got that kind of money coming in there’s just been a single-minded focus on generating more and more money and that focus unfortunately has taken over … college administrators, college presidents, athletic directors and coaches.

“They’ve actually taken their eye off the ball in that they have completely overlooked the fact that they have a labor force that isn’t being compensated,” Yee added. “In their single-minded pursuit of every single dollar they’ve forgotten about the care and concern of the athletes.”

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Everyone knows big-time college sports drips with hypocrisy and greed. It’s a shell game in which literally thousands of people wind up splitting the billions of dollars generated every year and the only ones that never see a legal buck of it are the players.

The pretzel logic used to justify it is laughable. The best way to enjoy the product and the games is, literally, to ignore the reality.

Yee has, over the past decade, forced people to look at it.

“Over the decades we’ve created a unique system that doesn’t exist anywhere in the developed world,” he said. “Nowhere in the developed world does this exist. Where you have a system, a small group of football players every year – there’s 130 Division I schools and among those 130 schools let’s say 50 to 60 are the most critical players to that enterprise for that particular season.

"So it’s a few thousand young men and what they do is strap on the equipment and roll out there for an increasingly long season – now as many as 14 games – and go out there and put their bodies on the line to generate substantial amounts of revenue to support the lifestyles of the administrators, the coaches, the coaches in the non-revenue sports, all the non-revenue sports programs and athletes which then – by extension – helps support the U.S. Olympic program (as a breeding ground for the athletes before becoming Olympians).

“The success of the football program also supports the very existence of the university because if the football program has success, the university can then initiate a piggybacking off the excitement and success of the football team and begin multi-billion capital campaigns to build new buildings on campus etc. So all of this is due to the efforts of a very small group of young men every single year. We tolerate it. Ultimately, we get distracted by the pom-poms and the bands.”

Yee and I discussed so much more, including whether he thinks there will be an NFL equivalent to the NBA’s G-League (yes), details on his new venture which will help teams easily find the players they now have to kick over rocks to discover (like Malcolm Butler) and how the change in college will be shepherded in by the players.

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Joe Montana: Tom Brady hinted at displeasure with Patriots at Super Bowl LIV

Joe Montana: Tom Brady hinted at displeasure with Patriots at Super Bowl LIV

Joe Montana has wondered aloud how the New England Patriots could let Tom Brady get away to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Based on the conversation he had with Brady in February, though, maybe he should have seen the QB's exit coming.

During an interview Wednesday on ESPN 97.5 Houston's "Jake Asman Show," Montana revealed he talked with Brady at Super Bowl LIV and got the sense the 20-year veteran didn't like his situation.

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"I spoke to Tom while we were back at the Super Bowl," Montana said. "I don't think he was happy with the way things were progressing there and his ability to have input, and I think that was a big decision for him to make to leave there."

Our Tom E. Curran and others have reported that Brady wasn't thrilled about having less of a say in the Patriots' offensive game plan last season, especially after New England mustered just 13 points in a Wild Card Round loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Montana's recollection of his conversation with Brady -- the two QBs were part of an "NFL 100" pregame ceremony at Super Bowl LIV -- certainly lends credence to those reports and suggests Brady was ready to move on from the Patriots after 20 seasons.

It sounds like the 43-year-old quarterback picked the right destination, too: Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich apparently joked that all he has to do with Brady under center is "get out of the way."