Along with his dashing efficiency, Newton was an efficient passer. He accomplished 15 of 19 passes for 155 yards and earned the fourth-highest passing grade for the Week from the sport charters at Professional Soccer Focus. Newton’s 19 makes an attempt have been the fewest by a Patriots beginning quarterback since Jacoby Brissett in Week 3 of the 2016 season and the fourth-fewest of Newton’s profession since Week 7 of the 2013 season.
“He’s a baller. He brings vitality,” teammate Julian Edelman told CBS when requested about Newton. “No. 1 made some unimaginable performs and we’re going to wish that from him all yr.”
The Week 1 emphasis on Newton’s operating ought to change into a focus for opposing defenses going ahead. And if groups can neutralize Newton’s capability to supply on the bottom, it may make for some powerful sledding this season. Since 2002, the primary yr the league expanded to 32 franchises, groups with lower than 155 passing yards posted a win price of 41 percent. Newton has a barely higher document in these conditions (9-5, 64 p.c win price) however he managed a mean of 60 dashing yards within the wins and 37 dashing yards within the losses. If his passing doesn’t choose up and he’s held in test as a runner, New England may need to return to the offensive drafting board.
It’s value noting Newton and the Patriots benefited from a couple of elements on Sunday afternoon past their QB’s athleticism, together with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing three interceptions. Groups are 660-83-2 over the previous 18 years when the opposing quarterback throws three or extra interceptions in a sport. As well as, Miami’s defensive position is estimated to be the third-worst in 2020 with the fourth-worst set of linebackers per Professional Soccer Focus. Defenses will use their linebackers as a spy in opposition to dual-threat quarterbacks like Newton, leaving an enormous quantity of area open down discipline. If you happen to don’t have sufficient proficient gamers that may choose up the slack, you find yourself dropping lots of floor to a gifted participant like Newton.
The problem now might be duplicating this manufacturing in opposition to groups that each have tape on Newton in New England’s offense and a higher-rated protection than Miami’s. And the extent of issue goes up instantly beginning in Week 2 in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle earned PFF’s top spot for linebackers heading into this season. Bobby Wagner garnered the second-best total grade within the league on the place over the previous two seasons and made 35 stops in opposition to the run at or behind the road of scrimmage final yr. Solely Luke Kuechly (retired) and Zach Cunningham had extra in 2019. Teammate and fellow linebacker Ok.J. Wright made 24 stops in opposition to the run (20th out of 57 linebackers) final season. Seattle additionally has what is anticipated to be the fifth-best defensive line, permitting for constant cross stress on Newton. Miami (15th finest defensive position per PFF) pressured Newton simply 4 instances on Sunday.
Plus, Newton has scored 12 fewer factors than anticipated (after bearing in mind the down, distance and discipline place of every play) per 100 dashing performs in opposition to Seattle’s head coach, Pete Carroll in his profession, per information from TruMedia. Newton has scored 29 extra factors per 100 dashing performs in opposition to everybody else.
After Seattle, New England will face the Las Vegas Raiders (sixth-best linebackers) and one other sturdy set of linebackers in Week 5 in opposition to the Denver Broncos (ninth) and Week 7 in opposition to their division rival, San Francisco 49ers (10th). Newton has solely performed one sport in opposition to the 49ers with Kyle Shanahan as head coach however he rushed simply six instances for 3 yards and a fumble.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (Week 10 opponent), Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay (Week 14) and Buffalo Payments head coach Sean McDermott (Week 16) have additionally had success containing Newton. In opposition to these three coaches Newton has carried the ball 20 instances for 84 yards, one landing and two fumbles.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel spoke in regards to the unusually excessive run complete following the sport, noting that groups by no means need to lean too far into both the operating or passing sport. And given his feedback, it appears there could also be a course correction coming.
“There’s many various methods to assault a protection, and having a quarterback run is simply one other added dimension that lots of groups can’t have,” Newton stated after the sport. “But by means of all of it, I’ve to make a conscientious resolution every time I do run the ball to be good. To not get forward of myself and making an attempt to show some extent. So long as I run and handle myself and get down when want be, then I really feel like the whole lot might be okay.”