John Harbaugh says Cam Newton remains a talented, dangerous quarterback

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The last time Cam Newton played agains the Ravens, he threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 52 yards and another touchdown, and led the Panthers to a 36-21 win. John Harbaugh hasn’t forgotten.

Although Newton is now with the Patriots — and although the Patriots’ offense is struggling — Harbaugh still sees Newton as the same dangerous player. Harbaugh’s Ravens will play against Newton’s Patriots on Sunday night, and Harbaugh thinks Newton can do the same things he’s done before.

“I think they’ve done a really good job of building up the offense around the players that they have, around the quarterback, Cam, who we played before and is a super-talented, extremely dangerous quarterback,” Harbaugh said, via Boston.com. “Great arm, great presence, can take off and go, as well, manages the game really well, a good leader — all those things.”

Harbaugh was particularly concerned about how Newton makes the Patriots’ running game so effective.

“We struggled playing against him in other games, so we understand that,” Harbaugh said. “We understand that their coaches, like they always do, have done a great job. They’ve built that offense. There’s a lot of carryover from last year’s offense, certainly, especially with the power run game. So we’re just trying to take it as we find it and do the best we can.”

The Patriots are at risk of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Beating the Ravens on Sunday night would be a big step toward a second-half run. The Ravens are favored by a touchdown, but Harbaugh isn’t taking anything for granted.

19 responses to “John Harbaugh says Cam Newton remains a talented, dangerous quarterback

  1. Harbaugh trying to pull a Belichick here. Usually it’s more testy when these two coaches play but Harbaugh did reach out to Bill after his mom died.

  2. Even if Harbaugh thought Cam has been absolutely terrible this year he would still come out with this classic coachspeak about how great he is, he’s wise enough not to motivate an opponent.

  3. The AFC has a lot of talent at the top right now. The Ravens need to win every game possible to situate themselves in the playoffs. There are only two games I fear (Steelers and Titans), but that doesn’t take away from this game. I want a 10+ point victory from the Ravens.

  4. I’m not a Pats fan, but Cam went to the Pats late in camp, had no preseason, and is learning a new system. Oh, and he missed time with COVID. People act like the NFL is plug-and-play and it simply isn’t – not even close.

    It’s not surprising that he’s struggled but it’s not all on him – the whole team is clearly feeling the loss of Brady and the cohesion they’ve had for so long.

    No one is/was gonna step in for Brady and have a seamless transition. It just doesn’t work that way.

  5. Translation: he’s a broken down qb that had one good year, choked in the SB, got fired by his old team, we win.

  6. Cam is Cam, even in his best years he is dangerous if he can run. If he faces a defense who can contain him without so weakening the pass defense that it becomes easy pickings with receivers WIDE open, Cam is easily beatable. After all these years, he is a mediocre pocket passer, at best. His one year deal with the Pats is result of Covid19. Rookie draft pick QB, no time to train him and all the new players on the complex offensive and defensive scheme that the Pats employ. Add 12 players opting out and the untimely injuries and you have the Pats reign of being the kings of the north over, for now. Once the cap implications from Covid19 hits, the Pats will be in much better position than those who are going all in to win this season, the future be damned. Can anyone see a team giving franchise QB money to Cam next season? And yet history has shown that disfunctional teams have done worse, so who knows?

  7. Jets choked against NE …Cam needs to get a winning streak going or no contract for the team next year …

  8. oldgrouch says:
    November 12, 2020 at 1:55 pm
    Cam is Cam, even in his best years he is dangerous if he can run. If he faces a defense who can contain him without so weakening the pass defense that it becomes easy pickings with receivers WIDE open, Cam is easily beatable. After all these years, he is a mediocre pocket passer, at best. His one year deal with the Pats is result of Covid19. Rookie draft pick QB, no time to train him and all the new players on the complex offensive and defensive scheme that the Pats employ. Add 12 players opting out and the untimely injuries and you have the Pats reign of being the kings of the north over, for now. Once the cap implications from Covid19 hits, the Pats will be in much better position than those who are going all in to win this season, the future be damned. Can anyone see a team giving franchise QB money to Cam next season? And yet history has shown that disfunctional teams have done worse, so who knows?
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    It was 8 players opting out, not 12. Of those 8, only 3 were contributors. Others were signed to one year deals in the off-season, then you have the TE, which was on NE’s roster last season. He had all of 13 receptions then. Plenty of other teams had contributors opt out. The Patriots will be good with cap space next season? True, but who is going to play for them for a discount now? The Patriots problems are many and have been in the making. No solid replacement plan for Brady and no WRs.

  9. I think Josh McDaniels has done a solid job calling plays this year.

    The problem is that Cam Newton has a 5 second wind up before he throws the ball, and isn’t accurate as well. Fix both of those things, and the Patriots offense would not have missed a beat.

    This feels like a game where Baltimore is in control for most of it, up by 14 early in the 4th, the Patriots score a touchdown, have a chance to tie but Newton throws a pick on the final drive.

  10. Watching Cam’s throwing motion since his surgery, just makes me uncomfortable now. It just looks so awkward and like he’s throwing it at the ground. And often, he is.

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