Eagles plan for Cam Newton is simple: “Hit him” (many times)

AP

There are doubtless many technical subtleties to the Eagles game-plan for slowing down Cam Newton this week.

But at its core, Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox said the plan was simple.

Get him uncomfortable,” Cox said, via Ed Kracz of the Burlington County Times. “Hit him, hit him, hit him, hit him, hit him, even when they run the ball, hit him. I think that will shake him up a bit, make him frustrated and that’s when all quarterbacks start doing crazy things.”

It worked a year ago, when the Eagles sacked Newton nine times and picked him off three times in a dominating performance. But Newton’s playing with a different confidence so far this year, is healthier and has better protection.

He also doesn’t shy away from contact, putting his linebacker-sized frame to good use when he’s outside the pocket. And they’re clearly comfortable with him running it, as the Panthers lead the league in rush attempts.

That creates more opportunities for him to get hit, which is exactly what the Eagles are looking for.

48 responses to “Eagles plan for Cam Newton is simple: “Hit him” (many times)

  1. That’s not actually correct ITWT. It’s not illegal to hit the QB on a run play when the QB is a threat to run a.k.a. Read Option. If it’s a clear hand off, you’re right. But if there’s even a hint of read option, you can tee off on the QB.

  2. Saints got screwed due to tough locker room talk like this. Don’t talk about hitting people, it’s not nice. #bountygate

  3. That’s even more stupid than the Seahawks’ plan for Luke Kuechly: “Run at him” (many times).

  4. Thanks for providing comments to piss us off. Under Ron Rivera, if there is one thing this team likes, its comments like this one. : )

  5. If the QB pretends he has the ball after a handoff, you can level him. It worked last year and Chip had officials clarify this to him in the preseason. If he looks like he is thinking about running, smash him. You see the RB with the ball, and Cam pretending he has the ball, smash Cam.

    Nothing against Cam at all, I think he is a baller and takes a lot of unnecessary bad rep. Kid is a fighter, and a winner. But ya gotta hit him still, he is too young for a flag.

  6. Nah, dawg! At Six-Foot-Five (and then some), 245 pounds, Cam(eron) Newton (aka “Ace Boogie” aka “Superman”) is a large human being lol

  7. Fletch is a great player on the field. His mind and mouth off the field – not so much.

    Never say anything that could PO the other team. Never. That goes double for its star player, especially if that star player is a QB who gets special protection, and especially if that star QB is as big as your MLB and regularly runs over people.

    This is just so basic, for any competition involving human beings, that you would think it would be obvious to every post-adolescent on the planet.

    And if that weren’t obvious enough, never say anything that might focus the attention of the refs, or the NFL FO trying to score PC points, upon you. Never. Ever.

    It’s just stupid, on so many levels. It’s all about drawing attention to yourself, to the detriment of the team.

    Chippah, if your team is ever going to rival Belichick’s boys, lesson 1A (after do your job) is to never say anything, other than platitudes and cliches, in public. That would be, NEVER. Never includes the week before a game, any game. Sheesh….

  8. I don’t think this is the team to threaten. They already relish the underdog status. Now they’ve been threatened with a physical game. Didn’t you guys watch the Seattle tape? If there is anything the Panthers lack, it’s not toughness. Good luck with that threat Eagles.

  9. Carolina is a good but not great team & they are due for a loss, and the Eagles are finally getting it together. Should be a good, tough game.

  10. ….by the way, Cox….the Panthers are SAYING the SAME THING about Bradford…hit him…hit him…hit him. Sam Bradford is the QB that won’t be able to take the punishment….and I’m a Eagles fan.

  11. The picture says it all. The Eagles D got after him last year in biblical proportions…that doesn’t get completely fixed in one year. And bulletin board crap is for fans, the players don’t really care.

    FEF

  12. Eagles players and fans love getting false confidence after games where their opponents are either extremely beat up and/or beat themselves. Relying on that game when Cam was hobbled last year and thinking that Bradford won’t throw the game away while Murray won’t run for more than 50 yards is CLASSIC Eagles fan/player mentality.

  13. supercam says:
    Oct 22, 2015 9:51 AM
    Thanks for providing comments to piss us off. Under Ron Rivera, if there is one thing this team likes, its comments like this one. : )
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    First, why would what he said piss you off? D Line tries to git the QB. Is that unusual?

    Secondly, who is “we?” Oh, no…I’m so scared of those rabid Panther’s fans. Can you even name 5 people on your team?

  14. First, why would what he said piss you off? D Line tries to git the QB. Is that unusual?

    Secondly, who is “we?” Oh, no…I’m so scared of those rabid Panther’s fans. Can you even name 5 people on your team?

    ——————————

    Because you don’t tell your opponent how much your’re going to hit him before you even play him. It was the Panthers who ended Bradford’s season a couple years ago. And they WILL sack him just like they did several times against Russell Wilson (who by the way is more elusive than Bradford could ever dream of being). But have they said a word? No, they keep hier mouth shut and let thier playing do the talking. Any team that loses to the Redskins needs to keep thier mouth shut.

  15. So the team crying in the preseason because their QB took a legal hit while appearing the be running an option play, is now saying they are going to hit a QB when he appears to run an option play?

  16. So the team crying in the preseason because their QB took a legal hit while appearing the be running an option play, is now saying they are going to hit a QB when he appears to run an option play?

  17. Panthers just beat the defending NFC Champs in arguably the toughest stadium/environment in the NFL. Now they’re at home against Sam “Mr. Glass” Bradford? Gonna get ugly.

  18. both teams suck.but Figs team has played 4 teams that suck on a regular basis and the iggles are led by a stuper genius. winner? nfl. loser? the fans who think either team is going to the SB without purchasing a ticket

  19. To desolation angel:

    The Eagles are members of the East division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Eagles have won three NFL championships and made two Super Bowl appearances, losing both. These were in 1980 (to the Oakland Raiders) and 2004 (to the New England Patriots).

  20. Quoting hallofchad:
    Oct 22, 2015 10:11 AM

    Last i checked, that’s every D line’s plan with every QB .
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    I just now came across this article. That’s impressive; a lot closer than even the pros whose predictions frequently top the most accurate in W-L percentage.

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