It was once no wonder that Norv Turner gushed this week concerning the connection along with his latest high-profile quarterback student, the dynamic Cam Newton.

“He’s into soccer,” the Panthers’ new offensive coordinator informed USA TODAY Sports activities. “He understands the sport so neatly. As a result of his taste, other folks might suppose he’s now not a scholar. However he places numerous time into it. He’s been superior to paintings with.”

When Turner, 66, bolted from Mike Zimmer’s group of workers with the Vikings in the course of the season a few years in the past, it appeared like his training profession was once completed. However he was once lured again to the grind by way of one among his former assistants, Carolina trainer Ron Rivera, with the attractive problem of creating an offense round one of the most NFL’s maximum spectacular, multi-dimensional abilities.

Thus, any other form of NFL matchup: Hyperlink a former MVP who led Carolina to Tremendous Bowl 50 with a guru whose resume features a Tremendous Bowl name and a wealthy observe document of growing quarterbacks.

“The primary factor is to get him in a just right rhythm,” Turner stated. “There’s a large emphasis on fast selections. Simply get the ball out. That can take probably the most wear-and-tear off his frame. And it is helping the offensive line.”

That is obviously a piece in development. Turner returns to Washington to stand his former staff on Sunday with an inconsistent, 19th-ranked offense challenged by way of accidents and an green staff of large receivers. 3 O-line starters had been misplaced sooner than they even were given out of coaching camp, and probably the most achieved receiving danger, tight finish Greg Olsen, has been rehabbing a fractured foot for a number of weeks.

Turner may in the end end up to be the proper coordinator on the proper time in Newton’s profession, however this shall be perfect measured in victories, resourcefulness and potency, slightly than 300-yard passing video games. To that finish, whilst the Panthers (Three-1) are at the heels of the Saints (Four-1) atop the NFC South, Newton, in his 8th season, is on tempo for a career-best finishing touch fee (65.Four%). And Carolina additionally has the NFL’s top-ranked speeding assault (154 yards consistent with recreation), which contains the spice up Newton has at all times equipped as the electrical improviser who can simply cross off-script to make large performs.

“He’s bailed us out fairly a couple of occasions on 3rd downs,” Turner stated.

From the moment he stepped into the NFL, Newton has represented the so-called quarterback of the long run. He has stung defenses with RPOs lengthy sooner than Doug Pederson made it a modern time period. However soaking up Turner’s device approach flowing with old-school rules, too.

Have in mind, Turner has had offenses that featured the operating Emmitt Smith, Adrian Peterson and Stephen Davis.

“On this generation of throwing the ball 50 occasions, we’re extra about high quality slightly than amount within the passing recreation,” Turner stated. “We need to have an effective passing recreation.”

Newton has handed for 300 yards simply as soon as this season, when he threw 40-plus passes for 335 yards at Atlanta. They misplaced. Within the 3 victories, Newton has averaged simply 183 passing yards. But his finishing touch share is much better than the profession mark of 58.five% that he entered the season with. So whilst Newton isn’t throwing it as a lot for a unit that ranks 25th in passing offense, he’s throwing it higher in many ways.

Stability is the price ticket. The Panthers are just about a 50-50 run-pass ratio (122 speeding makes an attempt, 130 move makes an attempt), which is unparalleled in lately’s NFL. After all, Newton nonetheless ranks some of the NFL’s best operating quarterbacks with 165 yards and 3 TDs (best Deshaun Watson and Blake Bortles have rushed for extra yards amongst quarterbacks), which enhances lead operating again Christian McCaffrey.

 Mentioned Turner, “It’s a must to do what your staff does perfect.”

Turner is not any other than Rivera with regards to anxiousness that may build up when Newton is operating. He’s by no means had a “operating quarterback,” and infrequently one that celebrates TDs by way of pretending he’s Superman. But Turner can roll with it. He’s evolving, too, given the ability to hand. It’s a question of being good and minimizing possibility.

“Cam likes to run,” Turner stated. “We’re simply selecting our spots. It occurs 3 ways – with designed runs, RPOs and on scrambles when he creates one thing on his personal.”

Turner is aware of what he’s running with.

“Cam is a whole quarterback,” he added.

Or even higher if that implies he’s a profitable quarterback.

Different pieces of pastime as Week 6 rolls on…

Who’s sizzling: Adam Thielen. The primary receiver within the Tremendous Bowl generation to open a season with 5 consecutive 100-yard video games – nope, now not Jerry Rice, Randy Moss or James Lofton – wasn’t even drafted when he got here out of Department II Minnesota State. But Thielen, teamed with Kirk Cousins, has helped stay an imbalanced offense afloat after accidents sidetracked the operating recreation. He leads the NFL with 47 catches, too, surpassing the franchise mark set by way of Cris Carter (41) as maximum via 5 video games.

Power’s on: Derek Carr. The magic that was once envisioned in teaming with Jon Gruden has now not came about for the Raiders’ quarterback. Carr heads to London for a matchup towards the Seahawks main the league with 8 interceptions. This features a penchant for turnovers close to the opposing function line. He’s taking part in to win now and safe his position because the long-term solution for the Raiders.

Key matchup: Sean McVay’s offense vs. The Components. Upon getting lit up the previous two weeks by way of Patrick Mahomes and rookie Sam Darnold, perhaps the most productive probability for the Broncos’ D to gradual the NFL’s No. 1-ranked offense – the Rams have scored no less than 33 issues in every recreation this season — is with an lend a hand from Mom Nature. The forecast for Denver on Sunday calls for two to five inches of snow and temperatures within the 28-degree vary at kickoff. On the other hand, traction is going each tactics.  

Subsequent guy up: Darryl Roberts and Parry Nickerson. The Jets might be with out cornerback Trumaine Johnson and nickel again Buster Skrine as Andrew Good fortune visits. And it’s most probably that for the second one week in a row, New York’s protection shall be with out coordinator Kacy Rodgers, coping with a non-public well being factor. Trainer Todd Bowles fills in because the defensive play-caller. The Colts’ offense, despite the fact that, has manpower problems with its personal as big-play wideout T.Y. Hilton and tight finish Jack Doyle are dominated out with accidents.

Rookie watch: Keke Coutee. Houston could have discovered the slot receiver it was once missing within the fourth-round choose from Texas Tech, the place he was once tutored by way of former NFL slot famous person Wes Welker. In his first two NFL video games the previous two weeks, Coutee stuck 17 passes and notched his first profession TD. His standing for Sunday’s recreation towards Buffalo is unclear as he tries to rebound from a concussion and was once a restricted follow player this week. Something is bound: Coutee is not any fan of the Drake music, “In My Emotions,” which other folks continuously remind him of as it contains the lyric, “Keke, do you like me?”

If the playoffs had been lately… The Titans (Three-2) and Bears (Three-1) could be in as department champs. Tennessee, even supposing a wild-card participant remaining season that disillusioned Kansas Town with an enormous comeback within the first around, hasn’t gained the A-South since 2008. Chicago hasn’t gained the NFC North since 2010. The surge for each dollars a development because it comes with new coaches, Mike Vrabel for the Titans and Matt Nagy of the Bears. Not one of the NFL’s 5 different first-year coaches has a profitable document, and they’re a mixed 6-20.

Abdomen for an disillusioned: Steelers at Bengals. The remaining time the sour A-North competitors met at Cincinnati, it was once a massacre that left Pittsburgh linebacker Ryan Shazier with a career-threatening spinal harm. And the brutal recreation was once the impetus to the NFL’s new helmet rule. Right here’s hoping for a cleaner, more secure recreation on Sunday, when the Steelers shall be underdogs (by way of 1 ½ issues) at Cincinnati for the primary time since 2015. Different numbers, wrapped round Ben Roethlisberger, choose Pittsburgh. The Steelers quarterback is 44-Nine-1 towards the groups from his house state of Ohio, with a 12-Three mark (together with playoffs) in begins at Cincinnati.

Did you realize? The Browns head into Sunday’s recreation towards the Chargers with the most productive turnover ratio within the NFL (+eight) and feature registered a league-leading 15 takeaways. The Browns? Closing yr, Cleveland was once an NFL-worst -28 at the turnover desk…and thru 5 video games this season have already surpassed the 13 takeaways the protection generated all of remaining season.

Stat’s the truth: Together with his scorching get started for the undefeated Chiefs, 23-year-old Patrick Mahomes has damaged the mould for what’s cheap to be expecting from a tender quarterback. The following problem looms on Sunday night time in Foxborough, the place quarterbacks below 25 are a mixed Zero-23 towards Invoice Belichick & Co. since 2001.

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