“Walkin’ That Tightrope”

October 1st, 2015
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A perfect season?

Cam Newton is much better than he was last year, when the Buccaneers lost twice — twice! — to his understudy, Derek Anderson.

Newton entered this season healthy, and that much smarter and comfortable after another year in Mike Shula’s system.

The Bucs have a huge handful on their hands, especially when counting on a rookie middle linebacker to react quickly and properly to the run and play-action game, in addition to chasing Newton and figuring out any read-option type stuff flowing from the NFL’s top athlete at the QB position.

In this excellent breakdown of Newton by NFL Network analyst and former scout and college quarterback Daniel Jeremiah, (video here) Jeremiah explains that Newton has been expertly “walkin’ that tightrope’ of decision making this season. Jeremiah says the way Newton has been “selectively aggressive” has pushed the Carolina offense to new heights.

The sound decisions, per Jeremiah, are rooted in Newton understanding how his impressive defense supports him.

In the NFL Network breakdown, Bucky Brooks notes that before last week, the Panthers had allowed 17 points or less in six straight regular season games.

Plenty of good educational video in the link above.

Joe believes Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback, will need to carry the Bucs if they are to win this game. Expect the Bucs to need three touchdown scoring drives to break their double-digit home losing streak.

20 Responses to ““Walkin’ That Tightrope””

  1. Ray Rice Says:

    Not counting on the defense in this one. Sadly, I see Cam doing what he did 2 seasons ago when he carved their a$$ up and ran all over them. I’m counting on THE MESSIAH to pull this one out and beat his mentor.

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Cam is going to eat the Bucs for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  3. Brion Says:

    That sure is a high-fat low quality diet

  4. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    When Cam can win games without running, i’ll take him seriously.

  5. Tom Edrington Says:

    The larger problem for the Bucs may be the Panthers defense.

  6. MadMax Says:

    Remember that falcon game last year where we were ripped to shreds? Deja vu! That’s why I mistakenly referred to this as playing the falcons last week. It’s going to be a fugly day for the D.

  7. Bird Says:

    Keukly still hasn’t been released from concussion protocol and they have buy next week so they may rest him

  8. Dan Says:

    Rumor has it the Buccaneers will win a hme game in 2019 in another city…. HAHAHAHAHA

  9. Cannon Says:

    At some point, our offense is going to put up huge numbers.

    Sunday might be that day.

  10. MTM Says:

    The Panthers have owned the Bucs the last few years. The Panthers play a very hard nosed style type of game the complete opposite of Tampa.
    The Bucs are going to get pounded like Snookie in a hot tub!!

  11. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Sadly Bird it looks (on paper anyway) like they don’t need him to play to win. Dark times, but as the saying goes…that’s why they play the game. All we fans can do is defy logic and embrace hope that the coaches learn how to coach and the players don’t check out by halftime.

  12. The Real Malloy Says:

    bunch of negative nancies…..i think we can win this game….

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    we need this game…I have the falcons beating the Texans and saints losing to the cowboys…a win would put us tied for 1st or maybe 2nd place in the division…we have to start winning these division games and protecting home field…as long as we shut down the run we should come out with the “w”…GO BUCS!!!

  14. CC Says:

    According to the head coach. This defense is getting better. Hel,l they only gave up 19 points. Who cares if they give up 500 yards of total offense.
    Go Bucs!

  15. DB55 Says:

    Truth is it was Ron Rivera (who Lovie fired) who created the famous Chicago defense. That’s why Rivera continues to succeed and Lovie continues to present himself as an educated, stand up man of his community. A true poster child of progress in the NFL.

  16. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “When Cam can win games without running, i’ll take him seriously.”


    So games without the QB running count more in the standings than one where the QB does run? That’s good to know. I had no idea. It makes perfect sense to not take him seriously when all he does is win year in and year out with crap for weapons. I really can’t seem to wrap my head around the way some people think.

  17. MadMax Says:


    What games have you been watching? We cant shut down run OR pass!!!

    Come on man…. I guess you’re the “fan golightly” who just doesnt pay any attention. Good for you, in a way. Wish I was there 🙁

  18. BucTrooper Says:

    Get your necks loose, Bucs fans. I have no doubt Cam & Co. will be strolling back and forth across the lush turf all day on Sunday.

    Enjoy the bobblehead.

  19. BFFL Says:

    Cam’s release is too slow for a quick pass attack so I look for the Bucs D to bounce back this week.

  20. Buccfan37 Says:

    How much are the Panthers favored by this week. I haven’t seen it but I guess about 7 points. I can’t really see a Bucs win, but I agree that at least 3 TD drives are needed to have a chance for the Bucs to pull out a win. A couple FG’s thrown in, that should be enough with an improved Bucs defensive showing. A win at home over this division foe would invigorate the fanbase and raise the prospect of more wins going forward. Go Bucs!!!