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Greg Cosell: Gettleman Is Awesome And Knows What It Takes To Win

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Greg Cosell, executive producer of NFL Matchup , joins the boys to break down some Panthers tape. Cosell immediately declares he doesn’t talk about penalties/no calls.

On Cam Newton’s play against the patriots: I thought he played well and in many ways he played like he often plays, but the key thing was he didn’t turn the ball over. When I watch him, I always wonder how he’s coached. There a number of plays, every week, where he will run and gain good yards, but he doesn’t necesarily go through his progression because he sees open sapce. Quarterbacks like Cam, when they see open space they can make a big play. I wonder if he’s told, if you see space, run.

On Cam’s progression: There’s mosre consistency in his overall play and he’s reading things quicker, which means the ball is coming out quicker to the right receiver at the right time. He had a tendency of being a beat late with throws, because he’s not a poor anticipation thrower. He may never be, but his diagnostic (reading) abilities have improved. There will always be throws, every week, where you say, ‘Wow, that receiver was open and he missed him.’ The key is you don’t want to throw interceptions on those. There will also be tremendous throws every week. The throw to Steve Smith on the second series was as good a throw as you can make.
On Brandon LaFell: He’s a very good receiver. I think he’s evolved since they drafted him, into a really solid football player. The notion that Carolina doesn’t have a number two receiver is wrong. He’s got excellent size, good physicality, and deceptive movement.

On Panthers General Manager, Dave Gettleman: He’s an old time NFL personnel guy, he’s awesome and he gets it. He gets what it takes to win in the NFL and you have to make your QB a pocket player, first. If your QB can’t throw the ball consistently from the pocket, sooner or later, that will cause you to lose.

On the Panthers D vs. the Dolphins: It looks like  a bad matchup for Miami. Ryan Tannehill’s been sacked more than any quarterback in the league, it’s not a good offensive line, and an unathletic offensive line too, which is more important. The Panthers should be able to do a lot of damage up front.

Cosell touches on a lot of topics including the Panthers “sugaring” the A-Gaps, The Patriots offense against the Panthers, determining who’s better between the Saints and Panthers, praising the Saint offense, the Panthers running game and the NFC East.


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