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Morning links: Stopping Cam Newton

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 6, 2013 at 7:49 am with 28 Comments »
September 6, 2013 8:49 am
Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks' Bobby Wagner (54) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner (54) during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

In my story today, Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner had a simple answer when asked how to slow down Carolina quarterback Cam Newton – make him beat you with his arm.

“I don’t think we let Cam run on us like that,” Wagner said. “We’ll let him throw the ball, try to beat us throwing, which I don’t think he can do.”

For the Seahawks, that strategy worked in the team’s 16-12 victory at Carolina last season. Newton threw a potential, winning touchdown to tight end Ben Hartsock in the dirt on his way to finishing with a season-low in passing yards (141) and completions (12).

However, head coach Ron Rivera said he simplified the offense in the second half of 2012, which resulted in much better production from the No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 draft.

Newton compiled a 94.7 passer rating in the last nine games, completing 143 out of 240 passes (59.6 percent) for 1,920 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions?

Newton also rushed for 441 yards and five touchdowns during the final nine games last season. The Panthers finished 5-4 in those contests, winning five of their last six games to finish 7-9.

Cornerback Richard Sherman said the key to containing Newton on Sunday will be keeping him off balance.

“If he gets any kind of momentum, he’s hard to stop,” Sherman said. “So just keeping him uncomfortable, that’s always the plan – we force them to make a decision, and then we have to make a tackle.”

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that former Seattle running back Michael Robinson will meet with Tennessee on Friday.

Brady Henderson of 710 ESPN Seattle has details on Seattle defensive end O’Brien Schofield’s conversation with Dave Wyman, Michael Grey and Jim Moore. Schofield said Arizona releasing him still serves as motivation.

Clare Farnsworth of talks about Seattle dealing with early starts in his Thursday practice report.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that the Seahawks worked out former N.Y. giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives the Denver Broncos an A+ for Peyton Manning’s dismantling of Baltimore’s rebuilt defense.

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer predicts a 23-21 Carolina victory over Seattle.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer writes that Ted Ginn Jr. is having a rebirth with the Panthers.

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  1. trout_hound says:

    Really hoping they might bring MRob back here, but he could do worse than paving the way for Chris Johnson. Good luck wherever you go, Michael.

  2. Brian Schofield is angry.

    “I’m fired up for the rest of my career,” Schofield said Thursday on 710 ESPN Seattle’s “Wyman, Mike and Moore”. He had four sacks through nine games, but what was shaping up to be a breakout season ended when he sustained an ankle injury that required surgery. When the Cardinals cleaned house after a 5-11 finish, Schofield could begin to see the writing on the wall.
    “They fired the whole coaching staff, the GM, brought in new guys, they brought their own guys in and it kinda left a bad taste in my mouth from the get-go because I could kinda tell they didn’t want me there from the jump, and I had to put up with a lot of BS during OTAs,” he said without elaborating on what that was.

    Just wait until he gets to play against the Cardinals. And, he should be a very capable Leo this Sunday.

  3. Marvin Austin could be an interesting signing at DT. I remember when he was drafted, a powerful and gifted DT, but college ‘character issues’ kept him from being a first rounder. And the Seahawks needed O line more than D line in that draft anyway.

    If/when he fully recovers from his pec injury he could be a good one again at some point. Backup DT (D’Anthony Smith) might be the least secure spot on the roster right now.

  4. sluggo42 says:

    Looking forward to Obrian tearing new buttocks onto cam, and Mayawa too…
    We might be surprised with our rush, err, cam might be I mean…

  5. SandpointHawk says:

    Hey Eric…check your first sentence of your first story link…

  6. yankinta says:

    Stevos, Brian Schofield was one of my Fav player from the first game last year when they killed us…. I liked him a lot in college too. I was sooo glad when we signed him. The dude is the real deal. If he’s able to play SAM for us, we can finally compete with the elite LB group of 49ers…

    Loved the quote by Bobby Wagner. I met him at a Sounders game. He’s down to earth and humble…., like me,, lol. I really hope Cam takes the bait and tries to beat us with his arm.

    Yesterday, NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino confirmed that read-option quarterbacks can indeed be hit like ball-carrying running backs, even if they don’t have the ball. That is scary news for RG3, CK and a little scary for us. Let’s hope RW can slide feet first as soon as he sees the defender coming,, even without the ball.

  7. SandpointHawk says:

    Smh…you should probably learn that one of you favorite players name is actually O’Brien Schofield.. :)

  8. yankinta says:

    Umm, I didn’t want to point that out to Stevos, I guess you just did that for me. Thanks. :)

  9. bird_spit says:

    I love the F’in chip on Schofield’s shoulder…

    This team will be something to watch this season. Truly will miss mike rob reports. They need to give him a retirement package, and access to the team.

  10. SandpointHawk says:

    Well I know you can take it. Stevos doesn’t have your strong self image and were trying to help him gain confidence. I knew you’d understand.. :)

  11. Hey Eric or anybody that knows, are the Seahawks wearing home blue at Carolina on Sunday. Me and the family are driving up and would like to match.

  12. Sandpoint, yes. O’Brien Coach calls him OB as I hear it. I wouldn’t exactly say he’s one of my ‘favorite players’, but lately I’ve watched a lot more cardinals highlight film than usual. ;)

  13. spelling police.

  14. yank – I would have expected OB to be playing SAM (with Irvin out) but what I hear is he is exclusively at Leo for now. Perhaps because of Avril’s hammy.

  15. yankinta says:

    Stevos, yeah my hope is for him to play SAM as well when our regular Leo’s come back from injuries. But he is a great back Leo though. That dude can rush the passer. He was looking like a pro bowler, rushing the passer, last year before he got hurt. I would even argue that he looked better than AZ LB Washington before he got hurt.

  16. Dukeshire says:

    Before we get too carried away with the Leo expectations, let’s see how many under fronts they run. If preseason was any indication, we’ll be seeing even less Leo than we did in ’12. (And bear in mind, simply being the weakside DE does not make one the Leo.)

  17. yankinta says:

    Well, I agree but if Pete wants to stay true to running a 4-3 with 3-4 principles, then we should see a ton of Leo… but I understand Dan Quinn may bring different/aggressive mindset where we’d bring a ton of blitzes from every gaps…

  18. Off play action, Cam Newton’s NFL QB Rating was 109.4, RW’s was 95.0. When not in play action, Cam’s QB rating was 75.4 and RW’s was 102.6. Cam and RW had about the same total number of drop backs in play action plays for last season and RW had a higher C% than Cam, but Cam had 10.4 yds per pass attempt while RW got 8.8. Time in pocket: On average, Cam threw almost a quarter of a second sooner than RW last season. If SEA can get pressure on Cam so that he has to throw in 2.5 seconds or less, Cam’s QB rating was 83.7, while RW’s was 106.3 in those situations last season. When Cam could stay in the pocket for longer than 2.5 seconds his QB rating went up to 88.6 while RWs went to 94.6. Bad timing for SEA’s DTs to be dinged up, but SEA has to stop CAR’s play action passes and get pressure on their QB, while stopping their read option plays. Difficult to do everything for a defense depleted by injury. Next Man Up…

  19. Duke, that will be interesting to see. You should diagram those things for us once in awhile, since I’m sometimes too busy jumping up and spilling beer at the Clink or in my living room to catch all the nuances of defensive alignments.

    I know everyone is freaking out about having enough pass rush, but I think that pass rush could be a real strength of the team once players are healthy. What I’m more concerned about during the first games is stopping the rush, and I’m not as confident in our Leo/RDE players like Schofield or Avril as I was in Clem’s ability to defend the run. If I had my choice, I’d take a couple less sacks a game in exchange for consistent run stuffing on first downs.

  20. yakimahawk says:

    Just heard on Brock and Danny that Avril is doubtful and Browner is a game time decision. Crud!

  21. Hawkjitsu says:

    I just read that Eric Williams has picked the PANTHERS to win! That knocked you down quite a few notches in my book, backstabber.

  22. yankinta says:

    Hawkjitsu,, I am tempted to pick the Panthers as well. They usually play well when they don’t have the pressure of having to win a game. It’s a brand new season and they’ll be playing with super confidence.

    We have way too many injuries on our D-Line and Our O-Line doesn’t seem ready to me. Also 10 AM starts scares me,, at least until we prove otherwise,, I really hope that we win this game but I would not be surprised if the Panthers win it.

  23. sluggo42 says:

    Ahh, reverse psychology Eric, well played, well played indeed…

  24. Hawkjitsu says:

    Anyone who picks the Panthers is just a no good bastard in my book. WE…ARE…SEAHAWKS!!!!!

  25. OregonHawk says:


  26. yankinta says:

    Hawkjitsu, ok I pick the Hawks to win 31 to 17. Sounds good? :)

  27. Hawkjitsu says:

    Awesome yankita. You are now Awesome, sir. And I have respect OregonHawk. Fpr everyone who isn’t playing the Seahawks!

  28. Hawkjitsu says:

    Fpr = For

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