Morning sports update: Kyle Love questioned whether Cam Newton can ‘fit in’ with Bill Belichick’s style

"Being a professional in New England is different from being a professional in Carolina."

Cam Newton
Cam Newton in 2019. –AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File

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Kyle Love’s take on playing for Bill Belichick: Former Patriots defensive lineman Kyle Love recently differed from other predictions about the potential relationship Cam Newton will have with Bill Belichick.

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While several experts and players believe the two will work well together, Love isn’t so sure.

In an interview with Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, Love described the differences between Carolina — where he and Newton were teammates for the last several years — and New England, where Love began his NFL career an an undrafted player in 2010.

“Being a professional in New England is different from being a professional in Carolina. It’s a whole different ballgame,” Love told Callahan. “Bill wants things run a certain way, wants things practiced a certain way and said a certain way in the classroom and in the media. New England is not for everybody. Every player does not fit there physically or mentally.”

In Love’s view, there’s a chance Newton doesn’t conform to Belichick’s approach.

“My fear is, can Cam fit in their box?” asked Love. “Because I want Cam to win. I want Cam to be successful. I want to see him win games and even a championship, because I love that dude. I just hope he can do that within the guidelines of what Bill wants.”

Whether or not Newton will be able to prove Love’s theory wrong remains to be seen.

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“This is just my opinion, but I don’t feel like Cam can take the pressure of coaches talking down about his play,” said Love. “If he had a bad game in Carolina, the coaching staff wouldn’t say much to him because they may have felt he could be a little frail about it or maybe pout. They never really corrected to the point Bill used to correct Tom.”

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(Answer at the bottom)

Hint: He was there from 1995-1996 and missed winning a Super Bowl with them by one season.

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