“I think Bill Belichick is the most misunderstood person in all of sports,” Newton said on the I Am Athlete podcast. “He dope as s--t. He is a cool dude. He understands the game, he’s like a historian of the game.”
Newton's future with the Patriots is up in the air following an up-and-down 2020 campaign. The 2015 NFL MVP threw for 2,657 yards and eight touchdowns against 10 interceptions, looking like a shell of his former self throwing the ball, but added 592 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
The Patriots had their first losing season since 2000 with Newton under center, and the prevailing wisdom is that they will look hard at selecting a quarterback of the future in April's NFL draft.
However, Newton said he would be open to a return when speaking on the podcast and expressed hope he could be better with a full offseason to prepare in the Patriots' system.