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Panthers’ Cam Newton’s Mobility Must Be Limited for Miami Dolphins to Secure Victory


If the Miami Dolphins (5-5) have any chance in beating the streaking Panthers (7-3), they must contain Carolina’s athletic, dynamic quarterback Cam Newton.

After analyzing Newton’s performance against the New England Patriots (7-3) on Monday night, he does a lot of good things in the pocket, but he does a lot of great things out of the pocket. It’s hard to contain a quarterback with that type of diverse talent, but the Dolphins can find a way.

Miami should have one focus in their defensive game plan, maintaining Newton inside the pocket. There is only one way the Dolphins should want to lose, and that’s having Newton throw the ball.

In Monday’s game, the Patriots kept the blitz package frequently. The complication with that strategy is the 6-foot-5, 250-pound passer is difficult to drag on to his knees. One play that makes this point is the incredible in-and-out, spin-o-rama 30-yard run in the third quarter. He emerged out of the pocket unscathed and made numerous defensive linemen miss embarrassingly.

His ability to anticipate where the defender is navigating towards and avoiding big hits is a large part of his repertoire and success. Newton was sacked three times in the game, but ran for 62 yards.

Miami’s defensive assignments should be focused on the run game. If the Dolphins played smart, they would assess the two defensive tackles blitz and then the two ends  just stay ready for when Newton decides to run or if the sack is there with support for backup. They should not be afraid to blitz here and there, but they shouldn’t do it often.

If the Dolphins can successfully stop Newton from swarming out of the pocket and give him the option to the throw the ball while Ryan Tannehill and company contribute significant points on offense, Miami will move to 6-5. But Newton’s mobility and Carolina’s defense is no joke and the focal points to their recent success.

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  • tpl

    Miami should use Dion Jordan to contain Newton.

    • Mark Loiselle

      That wouldn’t be a bad idea. There should be a player that keeps an eye out on him, kind of like a spy.

    • Christian Paige

      I agree! They should slide Ellerbee to Misi’s spot and have Jordan play MLB. just have him react to everything. Dude is fast and knows how to tackle.

      • Chris Logel

        I think that is a decent idea. No way Ellerbee or Wheeler can come close to staying with him.

  • Gregg Szafran

    Jordan should ghost Newton, Jordan should be out there way more anyway – as well as Wake and Starks and Soliai together. This is a running team – USE Starks and Soliai together Coyle!!

    • Mark Loiselle

      I couldn’t agree more. It just makes sense to me. The schemes should be simplistic.

  • Johnny

    Just got to put a “Spy” or “Container” on Cam Newton… And yes, it should be Dion Jordan.. main job is to contain Cam… Only downfall there is that “spy” position will take a body from the 11 man defense… But I think it’s necessary