Saw a similar article to this on Friday and then this one today, kinda surprised noone threaded it. Good to see our staff is letting one of the premier players input his thoughts into the offense.
Over the last 10 weeks, we're seeing Cam maturing, and doing things in other ways to contribute and improve," Rivera said as he headed out to the final practice of the spring last Thursday. "It got to the point where Cam was installing things. He led the led the meetings. He was sitting the receivers, the tight ends and helping them, not just standing next to (offensive coordinator Mike Shula). You see stuff now you didn't see before.
I doubt it is the first time, but it is a relief to know our coaches aren't super hard-headed control freaks where they wan to keep the offense as theirs, but instead letting the leader on the field allowed to give input.
Our offense was certainly not a killer last year but we were clutch, and we are winning games in the closing minutes rather than losing them, with the exception of the Buffalo and Seattle games.
There's a more macro element they've addressed, as well. Newton, who has always had the ability to impose his will on the field, was drilled in the early portion of his career on learning to manage games. The idea now is to begin to produce more force-of-nature moments again while maintaining the responsible quarterback play he's been taught. To Rivera, the four game-winning drives Newton led over the final eight games of the 2013 regular season were a good sign as to where he could take things next.
"I think it's great when a guy can manage a game," said Rivera. "But there comes a point where you have to make a play. He does that. He made some great plays, he had some teammates make great catches, great runs. But he's the trigger guy, and that's part of his growth. ... The one thing you don't ever want to do is put it all on one guy. That becomes hard. We want him to sense it -- It's time to make a play."