Will Josh McDaniels dust off his Tim Tebow offense for Cam Newton?

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As new Patriots quarterback Cam Newton apparently takes a crash course in the New England playbook, the plays he’s studying may not be the plays the Patriots ran with Tom Brady was running the offense.

A league source points out that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels developed in 2010 an offense to be run by Tim Tebow, a player McDaniels drafted in the first round while serving as head coach of the Broncos. The attack, per the source, features quarterback runs that are difficult to defend and opens up the passing game. Also, if the blocking is executed correctly, the quarterback isn’t placed in harm’s way.

Throw in the fact that Cam has much greater overall skills than Tebow (especially when it comes to throwing the ball), and the modified Patriots attack as influenced by McDaniels’ dalliance with Tim Tebow could be highly effective.

The wild card could be the relationship between Newton and McDaniels. If they can work well together, the offense will be much more likely to operate at a high level.

Then again, Brady and McDaniels worked well together, and that didn’t stop Brady from yelling and screaming and otherwise carrying on with McDaniels on occasion. If/when Newton flashes frustration or anger toward McDaniels, let’s be ready to roll the footage of Brady doing the same thing, if not worse.

19 responses to “Will Josh McDaniels dust off his Tim Tebow offense for Cam Newton?

  1. I’m guessing they were already adding some of that stuff. Stidham runs pretty well and between their struggle against mobile QBs in general and then getting torched by Lamar and the Ravens last season, Belichick probably mandated it.

  2. Temper flaring is good for the team. It shows frustration and a passion to succeed. Going off and pouting with a towel over your head shows that you are still a baby.

  3. Cam is a QB that can run. Tebow is a running back that can kind of throw. I don’t think Cam wants to run as much anymore.

  4. I’m hoping McDaniels comes up with a different game plan. He was way too predictable in recent years.

    As far as the relationship question goes, I’m not aware of “Brady . . . yelling and screaming and otherwise carrying on with McDaniels on occasion.” There was one time he yelled at McDaniels in December of 2017, and an earlier time with Bill O’Brien. What were the other occasions with McDaniels?

  5. McDaniel was fired during the 2010 season, and Tebow didn’t have much success until 2011 when new head coach John Fox threw out most of the playbook because Tebow couldn’t execute it.

  6. remizak says:
    July 10, 2020 at 9:42 am
    I’m hoping McDaniels comes up with a different game plan. He was way too predictable in recent years.

    As far as the relationship question goes, I’m not aware of “Brady . . . yelling and screaming and otherwise carrying on with McDaniels on occasion.” There was one time he yelled at McDaniels in December of 2017, and an earlier time with Bill O’Brien. What were the other occasions with McDaniels?

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    There were a bunch last year alone. Also, McD went to bat for Brady week 2 in Jax with Edelman out early in 2018 after Brady had skipped OTAs.

    I am assuming BB didn’t love Brady not being held accountable for his poor play without binky Edelman.

    Brady acts like he is 100% right all the time is perfect and BB had to rein him a lot. This goes back to BB A Football Life with the 2009 footage.

    Brady was incredulous BB asked about the pass to Faulk that was so bad.

  7. Due to age, past injuries and possible injury, Cam can’t and shouldn’t run as much as in the past. But the slipperiness will be beneficial to the offense!

  8. daddeeo says:
    July 10, 2020 at 10:29 am
    Due to age, past injuries and possible injury, Cam can’t and shouldn’t run as much as in the past. But the slipperiness will be beneficial to the offense!
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    lol did you see the pic of him in his little cape outfit arriving in boston? dude is shredddded with 4d’s.. looks like he is in the best shape of his life

  9. “Cam Newton struggling to catch up after Patriots give him playbooks of all 32 teams.” – The Onion.

  10. 14thumper says:
    July 10, 2020 at 10:19 am

    I so which Tebow was given another chance back in the day. Great young man.
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    Dude, he was on 3 different teams. Seems to me, he already got a 2nd and 3rd chance.

    Really tough to have a QB that cannot complete short/medium passes and routinely needs the defense to keep the opposing Offense to less than 14 points to win. Not every team is going to crap the bed like Pittsburgh, LOL

    Gotta say though, he is on my good guy list for beating Pitt!!

  11. what you want is for the defending team to not know what your offense is going to do: does having Cam in for qb mean they will only run a certain offense ? Same with Stidham.. you want to confuse and obfuscate so that the defenders are looking one way, while you are doing something else..
    I look forward to seeing what Daniels has cooked up for Stidham and Newton. Things were getting way too predicatble with Brady the last couple of years

  12. I look forward to seeing what Daniels has cooked up for Stidham and Newton.
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    If Newton starts, it will be a disaster for both BB and Newton, because Newton needs WR who is good at getting behind defenders, and Pats have none.

  13. William Lee says:
    July 10, 2020 at 5:11 pm
    I look forward to seeing what Daniels has cooked up for Stidham and Newton.
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    If Newton starts, it will be a disaster for both BB and Newton, because Newton needs WR who is good at getting behind defenders, and Pats have none.
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    Actually it’s just the opposite Newton thrives with great YAC receivers.

    Pats of course didn’t have a good QB at passing the ball last season.

  14. Actually it’s just the opposite Newton thrives with great YAC receivers.

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    With defenders watching QB’s eye, the only way receivers can gain YAC in short passing games is that QB “know his opportunities before snap so that when defenders realize whom his intended target is, it is already too late.”

    Go rewatch Brady’s completed passes in SB 2002.

  15. “Throw in the fact that Cam has much greater overall skills than Tebow (especially when it comes to throwing the ball),”
    Tebow scored 34 times in 549 touches and Newton scored 35 times in 643 touches.
    Tim Tebow threw 19 TDs in 177 of 374 attempts with 9 ints in his first 16 games of
    playing time.
    Cam Newton threw 21 TDs in 310 of 517 attempts with 17 ints in his first 16 games.
    Tebow threw more TDs per pass attempt.
    Tebow scored every 9.3 completions and 19.6 attempts.
    Newton scored every 14.7 completions and 24.6 attempts
    Tebow was 20% more efficient at scoring with the pass with about half the
    interceptions.
    Newton didn’t throw more TDs per pass attempt than Tebow until his fifth full season of play in 2015.
    It took Newton 3 full seasons to win a playoff game and 5 years for a winning
    season. Tebow did it with 11 starts while handicapped with a 1-4 team the first time
    he led a team.
    We know that Tebow was better at scoring with the pass than Cam Newton.

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