Stop Cam Newton = Stopping The Run

September 5th, 2012

Earlier today, Bucs coach Greg Schiano discussed how Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is so dangerous yet so versatile, if you (somehow) stop Newton, a defense will actually stop the Panthers’ rushing attack.

Schiano was quick to add that Newton is so talented, a defense cannot expect to shut him down only limit his effectiveness.

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy reinforced Schiano’s theory when Joe got a chance to chat with him after practice.

“Yeah, that guy, man, he is a different breed of player,” GMC said of Newton. “It’s rare to see a guy come in and do the things he did as a rookie and have so much focus. He has a lot of vet in him already; he had it as a rookie. That is not something that is just given, it is earned. He works. It will be a challenge. He is an escape artist and we are putting in the work and we have a few more days to prepare for him.”

So how true is it that if you bottle up Newton, the Panthers rushing attack struggles?

“Yeah, because they have a lot of gun-and-run stuff they do where it all starts with him and his decision-making and he is a great decision-maker. Not just with the passes he makes but the runs he makes, too,” GMC said. “He is good, he is good. In order to get anything done we will have to stop the run. Have to!”

9 Responses to “Stop Cam Newton = Stopping The Run”

  1. TrueBlue Says:

    The best way to stop Newton is to keep him on the bench so long with an extended Buccaneer running attack that he forgets what a football looks like.

  2. bucobruce Says:

    Bucs 27 Panthers 17 Newton was just confused allday by this d-fence and Freeman looks elite.This is monday mornings paper.

  3. bucobruce Says:

    I hope we break FigNewton in half wooooooo!!!!!!!!

  4. Mike J Says:

    On defense, you stop Newton by playing on his side of the line of scrimmage.

  5. stevek Says:

    “Elite get off” should be on tap for Sunday. GMC and the 10 others better be ready to make some tackles.

    GMC, you got something to prove this weekend. We already paid a DT $600k for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Time for the $11,000,000.00 man to bring the pain.

    Go Bucs!

    No quitters in 2012.

  6. Snook Says:

    I’m so sick of hearing about Cam Newton. I just hope our D can get a few solid shots on him.

  7. Buddhaboy Says:

    Derrick brooks would have made that rookie look like a rookie. We need some men to stop these boys

  8. mike078 Says:

    I agree with Buddhaboy, #55 stopped Vick when everyone was on Vick’s N**s. L. David should shadow Newton like Brooks shadowed Vick.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    I am all for humility and I like GMC, but he takes a little too far IMO. I agree with Sapp about he has to get mean. I know players do flip a switch on the field and raise their intensity, but many great players also have quiet confidence they display off the field as well. GMC almost gives too much credit to opponents. Don’t under estimate an opponent but you need to believe you are better than they are and you can, and will stop them. I would feel better if GMC was talking some smack and even though Rex Ryan talks too much trash, but his defense always shows up ready to shut down anyone. The Bucs defense ahs looked pretty good so far and they neec to find some Swagger. I hope it starts this weekend. Tom Brady is far better than Cam Newton and the Bucs need to go after him and I think Schiano and Sheridan will be dialing up some nice blitz packages.

    Steve Smith and Jon Stewart are both less than 100% and a few good hard hits might slow them down. The Bucs’ D needs to get real mean and real nasty, real quick. If that means taking some borderline hard shots, then thats what they need to do. You needs to make opposing offenses fear you and that may mean some hits that may even draw a flag, but after 10 straight losses, you can’t play conservative and you can’t worry about penalties. You have to light them up from the start of the game. Our O line needs to do the same, just like the Pats do, which means diving low into defenders legs, because it is legal and you have to take full advantage of the rules.

    If you want to be successful, you have to be ruthless.