Greg Cosell: I Would Be Surprised If The Falcons Can Run Against The Panthers
Greg cosell from NFL Films and the NFL Match Up Show joins the Mac Attack each Friday morning at 805am
Off the top, Greg Cosell notes that ESPN’s NFL Matchup show will have a segment on Cam Newton this weekend.
“Everybody talks about the mobile quarterbacks, the game has changed, all that stuff, which is garbage, by the way and I’ll tell you why… Why has [Cam Newton] not, in a sense, been a great quarterback? He’s always had unbelievable athletic ability and movement ability, it’s because he wasn’t throwing the ball consistently from the pocket… Now he’s doing that well. The sample (size) isn’t large enough to say he’s totally turned the corner, he’s now a top five guy. That would be a little unrealistic. But, if he continues to play the way he has the last three games, making quicker decisions, throwing the ball clearly more accurately, and that’s number one first and foremost, then he is on his way to being what we all hoped he could be…”
“[The Panthers offensive line] is still a work in progress… I don’t think we can sit here and say this is a top NFL offensive line… Your offensive line always looks better when your quarterback is a better decision maker. Your QB, more often than not, makes your offensive line, it’s not the other way around… If your QB is reading properly and getting rid of the ball within the timing and the rhythm of the play call, he will make your offensive line look far better and that’s starting to happen, right now.”
“[The Panthers] are playing a better quarterback (Matt Ryan) this week, but they’re playing an Atlanta team that has some offensive line issues, that has had no run game, not even an ineffective run game, literally no run game. So, they’re playing a team that’s one dimensional. I’d be very surprised if they had any success running the ball against this very talented Panthers front seven.”
Greg Cosell further breaks down the Panthers game on Sunday and discusses the growth of the defense under defensive coordinator, Sean McDermott.