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Bill Belichick has terse exchange over whether Jarrett Stidham will start over Cam Newton – MassLive.com

Bill Belichick is not answering any more questions about his quarterback situation.

On WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria Show Monday afternoon, Belichick was asked whether he’ll give Jarrett Stidham a look now that the Patriots are officially eliminated from postseason play. A very terse exchange followed.

Here’s the conversation between Belichick and hosts Lou Merloni and Glenn Ordway:

Merloni: “So coach, listen I know you were just talking about not scoring a touchdown the couple games. I know it’s not just one person, but could a change at quarterback kinda help you guys get in the end zone?”

Belichick: “Yeah I mean we’ve talked about that.”

Merloni: “So is Cam (Newton) still your starter this week?”

Belichick: “We’ve talked about that question. It’s been several weeks and we continue to ask the same question. I’m done with it.”

Merloni: “And I understand that. But I think now that you guys, I know you’ve been eliminated from the playoffs officially, I was just wondering with a couple games left does anything change as far as that goes?”

Belichick: “You ask the same question every week, Lou. Yeah, every week you ask me if something’s changed. And I told you I’ve already answered —”

Merloni: “It has changed though because you guys have been eliminated. Maybe you look at Stidham the last two weeks?”

[15 second pause]

Ordway: “OK.”

Merloni: “No, I’m just saying because I do wonder what that fine line — how do you balance it, right? Watching Cam Newton play, I think myself and people that watch it, there’s a struggle with him moving the football down the field, throwing the football. And we just look at it. I don’t know if Stidham’s not showing what he needs in practice once you’re eliminated to give him a couple games just to see what he looks like in a game as a starter.”

Belichick: “Yeah, Yeah. Great point, Lou.”

On a Monday morning video call, Belichick was non-committal when asked about his quarterbacks, a departure from a “Newton is the starter” stance that he’d stuck to all season.

“Yeah, we’ll see,” Belichick said.

When would the team need to make a decision by?

“We haven’t set any timeframe on that,” Belichick said. “I don’t really see it going that way. We’ll go through our normal weekly process and make the decisions that we feel are best for the game — in everything.”

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