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Author: Jon Kuzma
We we’re all wondering how the New England Patriots would survive without Tom Brady? And the answer is Cam Newton. The Patriots have built their offense around Newton. They play to his strengths. And Josh McDaniel’s does a great job of using his creativity to scheme up the perfect play calls for Newton. You could see that in New England’s 21-11 win over the Miami Dolphins. McDaniel’s tried to establish Newton as a runner right away. They called zone reads and quarterback powers to make sure Newton was running downhill and attacking. And who can blame New England? They have an offensive identity with Cam Newton and it worked against Miami. This team will be at their best when Newton is in a slasher role. The Patriots also did a good job of using motions and play fakes to throw a little misdirection into their offensive game plan. Then Newton usually kept the ball himself and made the Dolphins pay. You have to feel a lot better about the Patriots chances after what we’ve seen today.
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