I'm a huge fan of Newton and think that the way we've "built" around our franchise QB has been a bad fuging joke.
That said, the more this season plays out, the less comfortable I am giving big-ass money to a QB. As a team, we want to focus on good defense and grinding the clock on O with a strong running game, rule changes be damned. Our coaching staff and gameplan reflects this. We really don't need a top-tier QB for what our coaching staff wants to do. So there's that. We also have so many holes on what is supposed to be the strongest side of the ball. We're going to have to throw some high draft picks/FA money at the D (again) because it won't matter how good the O is if we're giving up 25+ a game. We extend Newton and throw a bunch of money towards his contract (which he's more than earned), it's still going to be a couple of years before we really get on track as a team with all the plugging we have to do. Oh and we need almost an entire OL, and another WR or two.
tl;dr I don't know if we need Cam to play Shula-ball and we having gaping fuging holes all over so I also don't know if we should pay out a ton of money when we're not going anywhere for a while anyhow don't need a Ferrari when the playbook is a go-cart track fug this season.
But we also need to get away from the 2013 blueprint and realize all it does is get us beat. We need to gamble and blitz. Try to help the secondary out. Yes, blitzing puts more on their shoulders but if we get their it gives them a chance to make plays. The 2013 model just leaves them hanging anyway to get torched
I can't agree more with this.
The line isn't a strength this year. We're not going to generate consistent pressure with a standard rush. We're already getting waxed by double digits and allowing NBA style points per game. Mix it up and blitz a lot more, throw out some of the younger guys and try to inject some speed. What's the worst that can happen? We allow 35+ and lose by 20?