abrunn11 wrote: RBManiac wrote:
Newton as absolutely ZERO chance of being a top 10 QB this season, ZERO. I am predicting a line of 13/31 178 0/3 this week
such a low projection. but yeah. his 3 picks against the champs his rookie year doesnt phase me. He rushed and passed for a TD, and has 485 total yards. he is a top 10 QB again this week.
I was wrong, I will own it. Now that he is doing things that no other rookie has ever done, twice, I will say that he definitely has a chance to be a top 10 QB this year, I'd be foolish not to think that.
I will also admit I misjudged him as a pro prospect...I thought he was much more of a project than he obviously is. However, the adjustments GB made at halftime I think showed some of his weaknesses. Once defenses get some film on him (as well as the new Carolina offense which is night and day from what John Fox Panthers ran), they will take away the things he's comfortable with.
He loves passing outside the numbers toward the sidelines. Fades, corners and fly routes. His accuracy around the hashmarks is poor and he has to work on his footwork for throws in the flat and quick outs. He also doesn't look to run...he will when flushed, but you can come after him as a DLineman. You don't have to be so concerned about containment that you stop trying to rush him. He will check down but, like all rookies, will force things that aren't there. Playing some version of a Tampa 2 is what I think defenses will start showing him, forcing him to throw accurate passes down the middle in tight windows.
Also, I think his coaches do him a disservice by abandoni ng the run. There was no reason for him to throw as much as he did in that game. It was just a matter of time before the Packers forced him into some mistakes. If they keep this up, they will not have success as a team, no matter what numbers he puts up. And they might get him killed.
But like I said, I was wrong. He's an awesome talent with a bright future, and the future will be sooner than later.