By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — You recognize, we right here within the Yapping About Sports activities business are nothing if not sincere, respectable, honorable, and accountable. All people is aware of this.
Nonetheless, it’s essential at instances to remind the world of our integrity and advantage by reflecting again on our previous commentary, even when stated commentary ages like a bottle of Mad Canine with no cap.
And so, right here on the finish of Week 6 of this distinctive and unusual and unprecedented NFL season, it’s solely honest that these of us who have been driving shotgun on the Cam Newton Hype Prepare step again and take a snapshot of the state of affairs at hand.
Now we have to confess that we’re not trying too scorching proper now!
Whereas spending a piece of time on the reserve/COVID-19 record and training as soon as in a two-week span did him no favors, Cam Newton nonetheless regarded to have been an additional degree of discombobulated throughout Sunday’s 18-12 loss to the Broncos.
Patriots followers who have been displeased with that end result seemingly didn’t get pleasure from what got here on their televisions after the loss, as Tom Brady was almost excellent within the first half en route a Buccaneers blowout victory over the beforehand undefeated Inexperienced Bay Packers.
Whereas it’s a completely silly train to faux as if a quarterback in a single state of affairs with one crew might simply and immediately switch that success to a different state of affairs with one other crew, it nonetheless stands out when the best quarterback of all time who was unceremoniously and eagerly pushed out the door in New England (so as to speed up the Jarrett Stidham-Brian Hoyer succession plan, apparently) is prospering along with his new crew.
Don’t ya assume?
In any occasion, right here’s how the Patriots’ new quarterback and former quarterback carried out by means of the primary two weeks of the season, once we all went somewhat bit gaga for Cam.
CAM NEWTON, WEEKS 1-2
552 passing yards, 8.Eight Y/A
1 TD, 1 INT
96.Eight passer ranking
26 rushes, 122 yards, Four TDs
TOM BRADY, WEEKS 1-2
456 yards, 6.Four Y/A
Three TDs, Three INTs
79.Three passer ranking
Four rushes, 9 yards, 1 TD
Tompa Brady? He was tremendous. No matter. However Cam? Cameron J. Newton? Cameron was electrical. A dynamo. A breath of recent air and every part this Patriots offense wanted.
The post-Tom Brady Pats? Similar because the Tom Brady Pats. New boss? Similar because the previous boss. I’m Date Pats. Good to satisfy me. How do you want your eggs within the morning?
The Patriots had by some means lucked into Cam Newton, and it was time to lock him as much as a long-term deal to make sure one other 5-7 years of vying for championships.
Was that maybe an overreaction to 2 weeks of soccer when there was no preseason and a bizarre coaching camp and no in-person offseason applications? Possibly. Possibly we acquired forward of ourselves.
Right here’s how these two have performed after getting settled into the season and after defenses had some tape to work with by way of attacking the QBs.
CAM NEWTON, SINCE WEEK 3
319 yards, 6.zero Y/A
1 TD, Three INTs
63.Three passer ranking
19 rushes, 103 yards, 1 TD
TOM BRADY, SINCE WEEK 3
1,085 yards (7.1 Y/A)
11 TDs, 1 INT
106.Four passer ranking
11 rushes, -Three yards
Clearly, Brady’s performed 4 video games to Newton’s two. And sure, Brady nonetheless had that preposterous fourth-down gaffe vs. Chicago that’s, frankly, nonetheless laborious to imagine. And, as beforehand acknowledged, it’s not as if sliding Brady rather than Newton would magically make the Patriots’ offense as viable because the Buccaneers’ offense. That’s not how sports activities work generally, and we watched Brady main this offense final winter. It was no bueno.
Nonetheless … STILL … we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that after 20 years collectively, the Patriots group spent not less than one yr (however perhaps two, or three, or 4 … or 5) gently nudging Brady towards the exit. Rumour reviews declared that Belichick was “livid and demoralized” when he needed to commerce Jimmy Garoppolo and hold Brady; after the commerce, Brady led the Patriots to back-to-back Tremendous Bowls, throwing greater than 500 yards in a single and profitable the opposite after a turn-back-the-clock efficiency within the AFC title sport in Kansas Metropolis.
After that superb second — a SIXTH Tremendous Bowl victory — Brady wished to ink his identify to a long-term contract. His dream of taking part in till 45 had been clearly acknowledged for a very long time. He was able to make it occur.
The Patriots didn’t need to make it occur, providing him an “extension” that may mechanically void the next March.
The exit had begun. The Patriots have been performed with Tom Brady.
Proper transfer? Improper transfer? It’s too quickly to offer a particular reply. Objectively talking, it’s dangerous enterprise to take a position some huge cash in quarterbacks over the age of 38, not to mention quarterbacks over the age of 40, not to mention quarterbacks who’re 43 years previous. However on the opposite aspect of that argument is the truth that Tom Brady has defied all “regular” expectations going again to his days at Michigan.
(These of us who stated the Bucs didn’t get the actual Rob Gronkowski could quickly should reckon with that, as he has 15 receptions for 207 yards and a landing in his final 4 video games. We’re not fairly there but … nevertheless it’s getting scorching within the kitchen. The Patriots getting completely nothing out of the tight finish place isn’t serving to in that regard, both.)
For now, with regards to Brady and Newton, we’ll proceed to maintain a working rating, in order that when it does come time to achieve a remaining verdict, our ideas are neatly so as. Whereas a variety of soccer has but to be performed within the 2020 season, the present second dictates that Brady has moved the needle significantly in his favor after his tepid begin to the yr.
We most likely ought to have foreseen a slower begin for Brady, who was in a brand new system with new teammates after no actual offseason. And we most likely ought to have seen some nice early success for Cam, as defenses had completely no thought find out how to defend that type of offense from the Patriots. We additionally perhaps ought to have taken a deep breath and never jumped to any decisive conclusions after two video games, however, properly, that wouldn’t have been very enjoyable.
So right here we at the moment are. Brady and the 4-2 Bucs are trending a method. Newton and the 2-Three Patriots are trending within the different. We’ll all remember to keep watch over the progress because the season continues. We could make some grand proclamations alongside the best way. We’ll remember to appropriate them nevertheless typically Brady and Newton require us to reexamine our beliefs.
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