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Panthers taking the words out of Cam Newton’s mouth

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For the Panthers to have a chance this year, quarterback Cam Newton is going to have to continue to play at a high level, but do more to lift those around him up.

And toward that goal, the new-old offensive coaching staff is trying to streamline things.

With Rob Chudzinski gone to Cleveland, new coordinator Mike Shula and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey have kept many of the principles of the system, but tried to adapt the way Newton’s calling plays to make him more comfortable.

“Twins Right, Key Left, 631 Smash M sounds completely different than Twins Right Tampa,” Newton said, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, comparing play calls from last year and this year. “It comes out your mouth faster. You get in the huddle, it’s the same exact play. Everyone knows that.

“It’s not tricking ourselves. We don’t want to trick ourselves, we want to trick the defense. It’s not saying a whole novel, it’s not saying a riddle either. It’s calling a play, executing it and performing.”

A quarterback has to convey a lot of information to teammates in a short amount of time, setting the play, the formation it’s run from, pass routes and protections.

And the old mouthful of play call is reminiscent of Jon Gruden putting Newton on the spot with a bunch of coaching jargon during a pre-draft television show.

Frankly, trying to make a player recite the Pledge of Allegiance just to run a football play smacks more of coaching ego than superior intellect.

Newton seemed able to run successful plays in college by numbers, and if they’re being run properly, whether they’re called 36, Al or Operation Overlord shouldn’t matter.

Unfortunately for too many players, too many coaches feel like their plans are so detailed, smart and important that to call them by anything other than the ingredient list on a can of Spam demeans their brilliant work.

The Panthers seem willing to set that hubris aside, and let Newton call the play in a way he feels comfortable communicating.

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  1. pkrlvr says: Jun 15, 2013 2:36 PM

    Lol, this is a nice way of saying that they are dumbing it down for him…..

  2. adoombray says: Jun 15, 2013 2:46 PM

    Wait what? THE Ken Dorsey? that guy was a horrible quarterback who couldn’t even beat out Tim Rattay and has never been a coach before. Mike Shula as the OC? He’s never developed a decent quarterback anywhere he’s ever been and was a terrible coach at Alabama.

    This is NOT going to end well for the Panthers.

  3. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 15, 2013 2:49 PM

    Fake Handoff, Run Around, Incomplete Pass… On 1… Break!

  4. bigboysmash says: Jun 15, 2013 2:57 PM

    That just shows that cam doesnt have the mental aspect to succeed in the nfl.

  5. pftalk says: Jun 15, 2013 3:08 PM

    Should have picked a smarter qb

  6. thefox61 says: Jun 15, 2013 3:08 PM

    KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid

  7. harrycanyon says: Jun 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    So in other words, they dumbed the terminology down to a level Cam can understand it better?

  8. jbeatzz says: Jun 15, 2013 3:17 PM

    A lot of teams do this actually…we call plays like this in college and its simplifies things for everyone rather than have a bunch of jargon

  9. ozymandias121 says: Jun 15, 2013 3:18 PM

    You lost me when you said, “continues to play at a high level…”

  10. mrplow3 says: Jun 15, 2013 3:21 PM

    “For the Panthers to have a chance this year, quarterback Cam Newton is going to have to continue to play at a high level”

    No, he was horrid last year.

    It should read, He’s going to have to START to play at a high level, not “continue” to.

  11. keylimelight says: Jun 15, 2013 3:22 PM

    “Frankly, trying to make a player recite the Pledge of Allegiance just to run a football play smacks more of coaching ego than superior intellect.”

    In that link to Gruden, my take away is that Gruden must have felt like a big man stumping Cam Newton like that but, IMO, JG just comes across as a smug jerk.

    Would it kill a big shot, Superbowl winning, former NFL coach with his own show to help support a young man’s transition into the League?

    It sounds like the current coaching staff at Carolina is trying to bring out Cam’s best. So he’s a bit pouty, he’s talented and may take a step up.

  12. Stiller43 says: Jun 15, 2013 3:22 PM

    I could be completely wrong on this, but isnt the article just saying the plays are getting shorter names? Not changing, just getting quicker to call.

    i.e. instead or listing the WR’s and RB’s responsibilities, you make that combination “tampa” and those players have to know their responsibility from that one word, instead of being told what is directly in the play name.

    Im no newton fan at all, but the comments about dumbing it down seem to have it all wrong. He has to remember the same information about the play, but now the play name doesnt have the instructions in it. Its actually making it harder on the players (but much quicker to call).

    For the same reasons, having the longer titled play doesnt have to be about “coaching ego” as much as it has to do with not wanting the players to remember and think as much on the field.

  13. nfloracle says: Jun 15, 2013 3:32 PM

    I’m surprised the coaches aren’t naming plays with phrases Cam “I’m a Fashion Icon with My Own Clothing Line” Newton could really recall like…

    Blue sweater turtleneck
    Soft cotton collar
    Dress tie with clasp
    Buttondown fly trousers

  14. folkcrusader says: Jun 15, 2013 3:37 PM

    The reality is the more complex the terminology, the more possibilities there are. If you don’t need lots of possible plays, you don’t need complex terminology. how many possible offensive options do they really have? Throw it to Smith and Cam run it are pretty much it.

  15. sepl12 says: Jun 15, 2013 3:39 PM

    Sorry Mr. Gandtt, but there is a reason your in media and not coaching football. The silly long play calls is the remains of the west coast offense where you tell every person exactly what they are doing. it’s not ego like you stupidly came to the conclusion, it’s meant for simplicity for everyone not playing quarterback. Teams are starting to put a high emphasis on getting to the line quicker to make adjustments which has caused them to put plays into packages. again this isn’t due to ego, but a change in emphases, though I suppose when there isn’t somebody to talk down at, you might as pretend there is.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 15, 2013 3:44 PM

    Sounds like an easier system for opposing defenses to decode as well, thanks Cam, and appreciate knowing the specific elements that you haven’t honed in on perfecting yet!

  17. EJ says: Jun 15, 2013 3:45 PM

    keylimelight says: Jun 15, 2013 3:22 PM

    “Frankly, trying to make a player recite the Pledge of Allegiance just to run a football play smacks more of coaching ego than superior intellect.”

    In that link to Gruden, my take away is that Gruden must have felt like a big man stumping Cam Newton like that but, IMO, JG just comes across as a smug jerk.

    Would it kill a big shot, Superbowl winning, former NFL coach with his own show to help support a young man’s transition into the League?

    It sounds like the current coaching staff at Carolina is trying to bring out Cam’s best. So he’s a bit pouty, he’s talented and may take a step up.

    I don’t think that a Super Bowl winning, former NFL Head Coach with his own show would want to help out and support a highly paid, self-centered, egotistic jackass, who has ME AND ONLY ME syndrome. Would you? IMO, showing his audience who the REAL Cam Newton is seems more important. I would hope JG would spend his time on a QB that really wants to learn the game and help his teammates, not one who thinks they already know it all.

  18. cmoney20 says: Jun 15, 2013 3:46 PM

    Cam Newton used to have trouble getting out “Hut, hut, hike” when he was younger. He’d always say “hike, hut, hut” which resulted in a lot of sacks. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks

  19. gweetarman says: Jun 15, 2013 3:49 PM

    How do you spell dumb?

    Cam Newton

    Congrats on the new cliff notes play book captain wonderlic.

  20. pancaketaco says: Jun 15, 2013 3:51 PM

    Not sure how or why Jon Gruden became the resident QB expert on ESPN…may have been a producer or a self gloss because last time I check he played at a D3 school and never…evvvver… Developed a young QB during his coaching career.

  21. 12strikes says: Jun 15, 2013 4:05 PM

    Newton is like the Dallas Cowboys.
    Only good 1/3 of time, over rated all the time.

  22. zoxitic says: Jun 15, 2013 4:05 PM

    “It comes out your mouth”

    Looks like he’s taking the shortcut approach in his every day language too.

  23. NotoriousKDV says: Jun 15, 2013 4:07 PM

    I never understood why coaches feel the need to have long, drawn out names for their plays. It doesn’t matter if the defense doesn’t know what the offense is doing if the offense doesn’t know what it’s doing.

    Besides, the shorter the name of the play is, quicker the QB gets the play called, which means the team gets to the line quicker which means the QB has more time to read the defense, motion someone, audible, etc. etc. And that’s really where the battle is decided in today’s NFL, the pre-snap reads for the QB’s. So why not do everything you can to give your QB more time for pre-snap reads by shortening the amount of stuff that has to come out of his mouth in the huddle.

  24. fdugrad says: Jun 15, 2013 4:08 PM

    Shucks, from the title of your post, I was hoping Cam was going to be limited to what and how much he talked to the media at press conferences, not to mention, an attempt to limit his “poor me” whining and boo boo-lipping to the assembled press, after his lousy play during losses.

  25. keylimelight says: Jun 15, 2013 4:08 PM

    @

    EJ says: Jun 15, 2013 3:45 PM

    “I don’t think that a Super Bowl winning, former NFL Head Coach with his own show would want to help out and support a highly paid, self-centered, egotistic jackass, who has ME AND ONLY ME syndrome. Would you? IMO, showing his audience who the REAL Cam Newton is seems more important.”

    ______________

    That Gruden thing happened in 2011 before the Newton was drafted into the league.

    Our society doesn’t lock a person up in a pillory in the town square where villages throw rotten garbage at the guy anymore. No. Nowadays we get on the internet and pile on and the media lead the way. In fact they invite and encourage it.

  26. rodgers419 says: Jun 15, 2013 4:11 PM

    It’s funny looking back at the Gruden article you linked and reading the comments about the soon-to-be-drafted Cam. The commenters are clearly unable to evaluate talent and you can see the resulting hatred they have from being proven wrong when they talk about him now.

  27. mungman69 says: Jun 15, 2013 4:21 PM

    Cam will have one of the best seasons in the NFL.

  28. nmking26 says: Jun 15, 2013 4:35 PM

    It’s hilarious how people try to convince themselves that Cam is a bad QB when chances are he’s better than your favorite team’s quarterback.

    2 years and he has 7920 yards, 62 touchdowns ( 40 passing touchdowns, 22 rushing) and 29 interceptions.

    For comparison, in Peyton Manning’s first 2 years, he had 7874 yards, 54 touchdowns (52 passing, 2 rushing) and 43 interceptions.

  29. fdugrad says: Jun 15, 2013 5:11 PM

    Boy, there sure a lot of ardent supporters of Cam here today. Could it be due to his career record 13 and 19, TD/INT of 40-29, completion % 58.9 or his QB Rating of 85.3? Perhaps it is the way he rallies his mates when things aren’t going well during games when he hides under his security blankie, and even now when the coaching staff simplifies the PLAY CALLING for a THIRD year QB, his Kool-Aid-drinkers are there for him!! The Colts and Seahawks don’t seem to be in need of translators for their SECOND year QBs. I guess the Panther fans are as thin-skined as their QB when it comes to the facts.

  30. thevikes99 says: Jun 15, 2013 5:19 PM

    Sandlot, Everyone go deep no one open ill just run on 3 ready break!

  31. linvillegorge says: Jun 15, 2013 5:23 PM

    Sometimes the comments make it blatantly obvious who actually watches the NFL and ho reads and article or two occasionally and thinks that makes them someone with an opinion worth sharing.

  32. gweetarman says: Jun 15, 2013 5:36 PM

    I fondly remember the game last year where Von miller ate newtons lunch. Over. And over. And over. And over. Again.

  33. fdugrad says: Jun 15, 2013 5:54 PM

    See…I told you–Kool-Aid drinkers!! Perhaps it is the person he is and character-traits Cam has displayed going all the way back to his college careers that brings out the protective instincts of his supporters. It is the only plausible explanation that allows his fans to ignore the unbiased, objective listing of the FACTS regarding his career stats and documented, ON FILM behaviors during games and his comments, again ON FILM at his press conferences!

  34. 4thqtrsaint says: Jun 15, 2013 6:08 PM

    Judging by all the thumbs down, there’s a pant load of Panther fans reading these comments…

  35. blackstrat says: Jun 15, 2013 6:11 PM

    This is too obvious. Obvious unless you are also an incompetent yourself.
    Cam is a gifted athlete, but being a high caliber NFL Qb, takes intelligence.
    Cam is not intelligent.
    That is why the need to dumb down things.
    Obviously.

  36. randomcommenter says: Jun 15, 2013 6:24 PM

    The so called “jargon” isn’t just added on there to make it seem more complicated. It’s the name of the play. It’s the formation, the blocking, the routes, everything.

    By cutting it down, it means you are cutting down the playbook.

    It’s like a combination lock. There are fewer options on a 3 number lock than a 5 number lock.

    So yes, shorter is simpler. Simpler for the defense too.

  37. novoodoo4409 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:08 PM

    Cam is an idiot….panthers hillbilly fans should relate well…what a loser franchise, just like the falcants….no SB trophy for either..lmao…

  38. booboothekid says: Jun 15, 2013 8:08 PM

    I’m surprised that Cam was able to recall a play call from his old playbook! Do you Panther fans remember Newton in Grudens QB Camp before the draft? Gruden simply asked him to name a play they ran in the Auburn offense, and Cam couldn’t name a play LMAO. He said, ” Oh man coach, your kind of putting me on the spot.” Gruden looked at him like he was a simpleton. I am so glad my squad has a QB that is quite intelligent in Aaron Rodgers. Thank you to the big man upstairs for blessing us with such a quality QB and not “an entertainer” who does his “Superman” pose while getting their @$$ kicked…A Superman posing, entertainer, diva…man that “C” on his chest is going to be well deserved. Lmao

  39. thetooloftools says: Jun 16, 2013 12:17 AM

    At least they got play in there in time to call them. Here in Cleveland we ran the “Chinese Fire Drill” offense where they hardly had time to get the play off by the time it was in the huddle under Pat “Sleepy” Shurmur. I Love the KISS (keep it simple stupid) system.

  40. curfster33 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:20 AM

    Wait what? THE Ken Dorsey? that guy was a horrible quarterback who couldn’t even beat out Tim Rattay and has never been a coach before. Mike Shula as the OC? He’s never developed a decent quarterback anywhere he’s ever been and was a terrible coach at Alabama.

    This is NOT going to end well for the Panthers.

    109 305

    Ken Dorsey was an excellent quarterback. Even in his college days through miami’s success he wasn’t expected to have an nfl career. It was his size not his ability that hindered him in the nfl.

  41. spedman24 says: Jun 17, 2013 12:34 AM

    This my friends is why you never want a negro leading your team

  42. chilll333 says: Jun 17, 2013 9:28 PM

    Why so much hate it’s only June.

  43. hugothehornet says: Jun 18, 2013 2:14 PM

    nmking26 says:
    Jun 15, 2013 4:35 PM
    It’s hilarious how people try to convince themselves that Cam is a bad QB when chances are he’s better than your favorite team’s quarterback.

    2 years and he has 7920 yards, 62 touchdowns ( 40 passing touchdowns, 22 rushing) and 29 interceptions.

    For comparison, in Peyton Manning’s first 2 years, he had 7874 yards, 54 touchdowns (52 passing, 2 rushing) and 43 interceptions.

    - I wish I could like this post 1,000 times. People are real quick to bash Cam. His win/loss column is not entirely up to him.. is he the only football player on the field? Is he the only person running out the tunnel on Sunday? There’s no coach, no OC, no DC, no receivers or defensive backfield…it’s only 1 vs 11 right? The numbers speak themselves. Yea he may have shown some immaturity early on, but cmon the kid has never been on losing team.. plus you have to keep that in mind also, he’s a kid. He’s learning on the job how to be a leader. But if you look at the numbers.. and they look better than Peyton Manning’s through 2 years, what more is left to say?

  44. jgedgar70 says: Jun 24, 2013 4:08 PM

    If you took this article and replaced “Panthers” with “Broncos” or “Ravens” and replaced “Newton” with “Manning” or “Flacco,” every comment would be about how brilliant Fox or Harbaugh is and that this move would guarantee a 19-0 season and a Super Bowl win. But since it’s Cam Newton, who anonymous internet commenters with a sickening God complex have decreed that because Cam Newton stole a laptop and has a greedy hanger-on father, that means Cam Newton is to be considered evil for every remaining day of his natural life, it’s dumbing down the playbook or proof of how stupid Cam is.

    Whatever…………………

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