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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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