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Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

As the Denver Broncos start the real season this weekend (We know the regular season means nothing to Peyton) the Broncos and Peyton are going for a mythical journey to capture the franchises 3rd championship.  So naturally all eyes are on the hero #18.  The Broncos changed their future from the disciple (Tebow) to one of the football gods in Peyton Manning.  Leading me to say out loud What Would Peyton Do?

The Future Hall of Famer has been here before plenty of times actually, with a 9-11 playoff record including 8 one and done.  Peyton has a chance to conquer some demons, gods, and the unexpected so to speak.  First challenge the Demon, the power of the SUPER BOLO TIE CHARGERS.  A lot of analysis are picking the Chargers to win this game.  The Chargers are a current division foe that has eliminated Peyton several times (0-2 vs. Chargers in playoffs) while with the Colts.  The Chargers are hot and facing Denver coming off a bye, sounds like the Ravens of last year.

Second the other god, with a victory Peyton will play his greatest foe, Football’s greatest god Tom Brady, and the Patriots.  We all know of the history of these two competitors.  We also know Brady’s 3 rings to Peyton’s 1, or that Peyton is 1-2 vs. the Patriots in the playoffs.  If Peyton can find the Herculean strength to conquer 2 of his biggest adversaries the third one is the greatest of all.

Final adversary the Elements, and the Unexpected.  By elements I mean COLD WINDY WEATHER, and the unexpected NFC opponent.  The Super Bowl is in NY/NJ in the cold weather.  Peyton has played some of his worse games in cold weather (8-13 in games with temperature under 40 at kick off).  Since Peyton has returned from neck surgery it is noticeable that Peyton is uncomfortable in the cold weather or rather windy cold games.  Not to mention the three teams left in the NFC are huge defensive teams (Legion of Boom Seahawks, 49ers, and Panthers) and none of them seem to have Rex Grossman as their starting Quarterback.

Peyton has a huge football world to conquer.  Is it fair to say that a loss vs. the Chargers, Patriots, or the NFC representative would tarnish Peyton’s legacy?  So I say out loud again WHAT WOULD PEYTON DO?  Or should I say WHAT SHOULD PEYTON DO?  Only answer is Ascend and WIN!

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RGIII!!! RGIII!!! RGIII!!!  You have all of D.C. “Griffining”.

Cam ol’ Cam, Superman them Skins.

With the election looming we have a real battle about to transpire in Washington D.C. The Hulk vs Superman, The Wiz Kid vs Sophomore Slump, and The Savior vs The Savior.  We know D.C. will be a Red or rather Burgundy, Gold, and White state.  Caroline is a Blue state and also a White, Silver, and Black one. When you punch the chad on your remote to tune in this weekend who will you be voting for?

The Robert Griffin III upstart appears to be the new presidential candidate representing the D.C. area; kissing babies, shaking hands, and confusing defenses with his ability.  The former Heisman winner won the nomination and was taken #2 in the draft.  RGIII has rocked the NFL and its fans with high approval ratings with his 67% completion percentage, 8 passing touchdowns, 476 rushing yards along with 6 touchdowns rushing.  Griffin and Morris are running on ticket of hope and change in Washington D.C.

So they are saying this is a new Skins team. Nah bruh offensively but not defensively, the defense last year was ranked 18th and 12th against the run and pass.  This year they are 10th and 30th against the run and pass.  The bad pass defense can be attributed to losing Secretary of Defense Brian Orakpo, their best pass rusher, for the season.

What about the man on the other sideline this Sunday? Cam Newton is a former Heisman winner and #1 pick in the draft. Cam had a beautiful rookie campaign with tremendous passing ability that most pundits didn’t think he had.  This year through his stance in the media, and lack of attention to the issues he has hurt his image and play.  His team is 1-6, losing the popular vote, and searching for suggestions; Yet Cam should and will dominate this game.  Cam is running on a ticket of it’s not me it’s the economy… I mean it’s the team; I’m still Superman (no Hello Kitty for me Haters).

Expect Cam to have more passing and rushing yards than RGIII. In a meeting last season against the Skins, Cam was 18/23 256 yards passing along with 59 yards rushing and 2 total touchdowns and we see the Skins defense is worse. This game is set up to help raise Cam’s approval rating, show the public he is and can be a leader of men.  WATCH CAM EARN IT!!!!

So will the Panthers win it, it ain’t about 1 guy or vote its an electoral college remember, aka it’s a team game.  HaHa so Skins win! One More Win for the Griffin!

Raymond

By: Jason “Big J” Allen
      Last Sunday, Cam Newton sat upon the podium and told “Sweetie” he would put up a suggestion box. “Because I sure don’t know. I really don’t.” So I decided to be Sweetie (no one call me that), and make a suggestion box in hopes of answering the important question for Panthers fans: what ails Cam Newton?     I mentioned on a  podcast this was the first time Cam Newton had people doubting his GAME. Typically it has always been his character that people questioned, and he silenced everyone with amazing play. So I decided to look at some of Cam’s stats and see if he is right about the team struggles. I discovered a lot.
      Suggestion One – Cam, you need to refine your mechanics:     Here is an ESPN scouting report on Cam: “He needs some work on refining his mechanics when he does not have time to set his feet under him, but he has enough of an arm to make all the throws without getting set.” This means that Cam has a flaw: Cam drops back on his heel, but he needs to be on his toes. Not only that, but he also has high elbow release. That’s the reason you will sometimes see balls either float on him or fall to the dirt. Of course I came packing proof, and here are numbers to support that:

Type of Throw Completion Percentage
Middle 41%
Right sideline 56%
Right Side 59%
Left Side 71%
Left Sideline 60%

The numbers show that when Cam throws down the middle or to his right, he tries to use arm strength to throw the ball and lets the fundamentals slip. Also, being right handed means that Cam will rollout to his right more often, and throwing on the run typically lowers completions. However, whenever he throws to the left he has to open up, point his feet and shoulders to the target, and deliver. Whenever he throws left, he is forced to be more sound in his technique and he probably practices throwing left more.

Suggestion Two – Cam, you need to get better in the clutch:

     When the game gets tight and you need your leader to perform, Superman is very Clark Kent. Cam is just not clutch in the NFL. This is painful to say and its an odd fact, because he was amazing in Auburn in final moments. To be successful in the clutch you need to be accurate, have good decision making skills, and be able to stand in the pocket to deliver the ball. Here is where Cam stands in some vital clutch stats:

Quarters 1-3 avg. 4thQuarter -/+ 7 Trailing by 1-8pts
Completion Percentage 60% 53% 55%
Passing TD 6.6 3 9
Interception 4.5 2 10
Rushing TD 4.6 0 3

These numbers show that in pressure situations and at the end of tight games, Cam is just not successful. Throwing under 60% in those situations will not get it done, so there goes the accuracy. Having a high interception rate is a good example of poor decision making skills. Cam has to do better. You need your best player to lead here, not be the rear.

Suggestion Three – Cam is right that Carolina Coaching needs to step up:

     Looking at Cam’s games and numbers, its easy to see that he has come out the gates hot. However, when the opposing teams adjusts after halftime the Panthers falter.

1stHalf 2ndHalf
Completion % 60% 58%
Passing TD 17 9
Interceptions 8 15
Rushing TD 0 12

Once again, what do the numbers tell you? The team is just not prepared for the 2nd half. The glaring stat for that is the 12 rushing touchdowns. That tells us that the play broke down and Cam has to improvise on the fly. I also looked at how the running game plays into Cam’s success. The funny thing is the running game doesn’t have to be successful for Cam to win, it just has to be balanced.

The consistent formula for Cam and the Panthers’ success is when you keep Cam at 20-25 passes. His record in those games is 4-1. Why? Because you keep teams honest with balance and you allow Cam to maximize his talent. In those games his completion is 68% with 6 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and 4 rushing touchdowns. Then add in his natural talent to make plays, and the Panthers become a tough team to beat offensively.

There you have it Cam. Sweetie (I mean Big J) has given you suggestions to help fix your Panthers offense. My last suggestion for you Cam? Get out there, play, leave the media alone, and when you get to 25 passes come out the game.

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ


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