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#1 RelaxImaPro

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:09 AM

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A WHOLE PIE!

M'kay it's a BR article, but it's still a good one nonetheless.

 

Below is an excerpt that shows how Newton looked off defenders that helped set up LaFell's TD (along with Ginn's awesome block) and talks about his development as an NFL QB.  It's a nice breakdown with lots o' pictures.

 

 

While Newton was mostly capping off drives during this game, he did make a statement play from deep on the Panthers' first drive of the second half. It resulted in a touchdown, but most importantly, it appeared to kill any momentum the Vikings had built up with a field-goal drive before the end of the second quarter.

 

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On 3rd-and-3 at the Panthers' 21-yard-line, Newton lined up in the shotgun with two players alongside him. The Vikings only rushed four defenders at the snap and were showing man coverage with one safety, Harrison Smith, in the box.

 

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The Vikings didn't play man coverage; they dropped into zone. However, the Panthers were able to manipulate that zone coverage immediately with play action. Newton faked the ball to Williams in the backfield, which dragged the linebackers to that side of the field. The quarterback also ducked down, so safety Harrison Smith, circled, hesitated as he tried to locate the football.

 

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Newton initially looked to the left side of the field and stayed with the receiver to that side for a moment. That drew the two linebackers further to that side of the field, while Smith continued to move toward the line of scrimmage instead of dropping deeper into coverage.

On the other side of the field, the outside receiver was running a post route to drag the deep cornerback into the middle of the field. The slot receiver ran out to the sideline and went unnoticed because the cornerback who started in the slot was playing underneath in the flat.

With the defense in zone coverage and the Vikings playing so many defenders underneath, it only took one mistake from the defensive back to give up a big play.

 

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Before Newton could look to the other side of the field, he had to avoid a blocker who was pushed back into his chest. Newton sidestepped away from the blocker and took the time to reset himself before throwing a perfect pass down the field to his receiver.

 

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That receiver was Brandon LaFell, and he had an easy route to the end zone because of Ted Ginn's huge block down the sideline.

Newton is still just 24 years of age. He is not yet near his prime, but he already has a reputation as a big playmaker who makes some mistakes. He had one major mistake in this game on his very first throw, but for the most part, this was a very atypical performance for Newton.

What is atypical at this point may become typical in the future because Newton showed a willingness to play within the scheme and defer to the playmakers around him rather than force plays. Even though the Panthers were aided by some very poor plays from the Vikings, it's hard to argue that this type of performance isn't better for the team.

 

Full article: http://bleacherrepor...against-vikings



#2 SgtJoo

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:19 AM

The last part is kinda funny.

 

How would the momentum have gone if Cam throws a pick on that first drive?



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:05 AM

Judging from the posts last week, Cam couldn't look off defenders or read defenses.



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 04:29 AM

A very nice article. It's been a problem of Cam's as of late, locking onto his receivers. I hope that he can keep up this level of play from week to week. We need good play stability here in Carolina...



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 07:49 AM

So it's official, if any of these low level branch picking writers want any attention in regards to the Panthers, do what everyone has been doing since Cam got drafted, pick him apart. Don't pay any attention to the rest of the team and how they play NOPE! make the entire article about Cam and what he is or isn't doing right so folks on the Huddle can then watch the next 11 games looking for those so called issues.

 

Every week is another Writer pick Cam apart for the sheer need for attention when it comes to the Panthers. Every week it's clear no one is seriously interested in the Panthers as a team. Three seasons in and the endless scrutinizing of Cam feels like he's still being analyzed for the Draft. When does the madness ends?

 

And why does some of these Panthers fans believe that bypointing out or overanalyzing whatever they see Cam is doing means their pathetic team will get more wins? I simply don't get the logic behind that level of thinking.

 

Do any of you seriously believe the Broncos are 6-0 simply because Peyton QB mechanics are perfect? And we're talking about a 15 year Vet.  It's simply ridiculous the way some of you are so comfortable with always finding fault with Cam. Yet, never seem to want to deal with the issues of the rest of your team. It's borderline disturbing.



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:11 AM

So it's official, if any of these low level branch picking writers want any attention in regards to the Panthers, do what everyone has been doing since Cam got drafted, pick him apart. Don't pay any attention to the rest of the team and how they play NOPE! make the entire article about Cam and what he is or isn't doing right so folks on the Huddle can then watch the next 11 games looking for those so called issues.

 

Every week is another Writer pick Cam apart for the sheer need for attention when it comes to the Panthers. Every week it's clear no one is seriously interested in the Panthers as a team. Three seasons in and the endless scrutinizing of Cam feels like he's still being analyzed for the Draft. When does the madness ends?

 

And why does some of these Panthers fans believe that bypointing out or overanalyzing whatever they see Cam is doing means their pathetic team will get more wins? I simply don't get the logic behind that level of thinking.

 

Do any of you seriously believe the Broncos are 6-0 simply because Peyton QB mechanics are perfect? And we're talking about a 15 year Vet.  It's simply ridiculous the way some of you are so comfortable with always finding fault with Cam. Yet, never seem to want to deal with the issues of the rest of your team. It's borderline disturbing.

 

Replace the coach as they did in Kansas City (with a good one), and you'll see a miraculous turnaround with the Panthers, thus less scrutiny of Cam. 

 

I'm not sure if you're killing this article, or writers in general? This writer wasn't so bad. However, I do agree, that many of them love to talk about "Cam's development" as if to say Luck, RG3, Wilson, and Kaepernick are not developing themselves, just cause their teams made the playoffs last year. The irony; you can argue Cam is clearly more developed than Kaep and RG3 (who need gimmick offenses, and/or run games to lean on), and arguably against Wilson or Luck.  

 

Yes, it becomes a bit tedious. And it's clear many of them don't actually watch the Panthers, and/or are trying to write the story themselves, instead of telling the truth (like Cam is a more advanced pocket QB than RG3 or Kaep, and his coaching has been awful many times, blowing inexplicable games that tarnish his reputation and won/loss record). 



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:19 AM

The film has yet to be released so I can't really speak on my own but it did look like Can had better movement in the pocket and if he was looking defenders off that's huge. Those two have been some of his biggest problems. Aside fron forcing footballs.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:25 AM

Judging from the posts last week, Cam couldn't look off defenders or read defenses.


Sometimes he isnt successful in those areas. Its not about absolutes. Yesterday he played excellent....last week not so much.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:31 AM

Idk if he actually looked anyone off.  We all know is stares down Steve, and when it isn't open, goes to his second option.  His second option just happened to be wide the fug open because of a poor Vikings' defensive scheme.  Sorry, but it's going to take more than one play in one game to convince me that Cam is evolving.



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:34 AM

Cam was awesome yesterday. It was really nice seeing him use all options and even checking down when the big play wasn't there.

I do want to see him make the same plays in a tight game in the 4th quarter, however if his style is to just to blolow the doors off the opponents, then let's just keep doing that.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:35 AM

Many opinions of Cam and this team may change over the next 10 days.  I would sacrifice a live chicken if I thought it would do any good but somehow, someway if we can win these next 2, many more writers will be posting articles like this....

 

 

 

 

 

 

....and the Huddle may implode.

 

 

God I love Mondays when the Panthers win.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:37 AM

Idk if he actually looked anyone off. We all know is stares down Steve, and when it isn't open, goes to his second option. His second option just happened to be wide the fug open because of a poor Vikings' defensive scheme. Sorry, but it's going to take more than one play in one game to convince me that Cam is evolving.


You will never see it till you actually look. That's your problem not Cams.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:44 AM

The film has yet to be released so I can't really speak on my own but it did look like Can had better movement in the pocket and if he was looking defenders off that's huge. Those two have been some of his biggest problems. Aside fron forcing footballs.

I think it's a comfort ability, rhythm factor for him. 

 

Cam has looked off defenders before for good passes this year. so that's no biggie. However, when he's constantly looking for defenders in their pass rush it's hard to get into a rhythm.

 

Shula provided the proper play calling this week, which allowed Cam to get into a rhythm, with the right mix of short, intermediate throws and runs, with the occasional bomb when the defense presented it. 

 

Cam has the ability and shown the development. However, the play calling has to help him out as well. And it did this week. 



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 08:48 AM

I think it's a comfort ability, rhythm factor for him.

Cam has looked off defenders before for good passes this year. That's no biggie. However, when he's constantly looking for defenders it's hard to get into a rhythm.

Shula provided the proper play calling this week, which allowed Cam to get into a rhythm, with the right mix of short, intermediate throws and runs, with the occasional bomb when the defense presented it.

The play calling has to help out Cam as well.


Cam has a pattern of going threw his progression but not looking off backers. Its something he needs to improve on. Still until I watch the film I cannot comment.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 10:59 AM

Entire play took 3 seconds to develop.




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