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Dan Dierdorf: Cam Newton Has Grown Into An Elite QB

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One of the elder statesmen NFL broadcasters from CBS, Dan Dierdorf, joins the fellas to talk about the upcoming Jets-Panthers game – which he will be broadcasting. The guys open the interview making Dan laugh at one of his previous calls, from the Jets-Titans game earlier this season.

On the Jets: They are a team that lives and dies by turning over the football. The Panthers and Jets couldn’t be more opposite in terms of taking care of the football. The Panthers are +10 in turnover margin. The Jets are an astonishing -18. How they’re even 6-7 at -18 what Rex Ryan calls a “Ripley moment”, he doesn’t understand how they’re even close to winning. On the road, they’re even worse.

On the Jets offense vs. the Panthers defense: The mismatch on paper is real and then you have to factor in that the Jets haven’t played well on the road. Four of the losses on the road were by 25, 23, 16 and 40. Those are the margins they’ve been beaten by, so you have to hope the Panthers don’t lose focus thinking it’s going to be a walk over.
On the Jets facing the Panthers after the Saints loss: It’s not a recipe for success. The Jets are going to walk into a situation where the Panthers are going to want to proves something. Good football teams take losing personally, and they’re talented enough to do something about it.

On being impressed by Cam Newton’s Growth: Let me count the ways. It’s been pretty nice to watch his maturity level. You can tell by his body language how much he’s grown, in that regard, and then his command of the game. Looking at his comfort zone in the pocket, he leaves the pocket on a designed run or only leaves when he has nowhere else to go with the ball. His instincts in making big plays running with the football, has been fun to watch. He has grown into an elite quarterback. I hate that phrase, but he’s on that upward trend.

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