Cowboys’ outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has made a career out of terrorizing all sort of quarterbacks, but he sees the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton as being a different kind of challenge altogether.
“He’s a whole different breed,” Ware said, per ESPN Dallas. “He’s a running back, a guy that can play quarterback. The thing is he doesn’t make a lot of decisions. They’re one of the least penalized teams in the league, so they’re fundamentally sound and they run the ball well. I don’t know the ratings, but they’ve got three running backs in Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and then you got Cam Newton. It’s a three-headed (monster). They’ll stick all three of them in there.”
In his rookie season, Newton became the first player in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 passing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season, and he hasn’t slowed down all that much this year. He currently leads the Panthers in rushing yards with 209 on 40 carries. Which is to say, he’s dangerous, and Ware and the Cowboys defense is well aware of this.
“You sorta got to know what you’re getting into,” Ware said. “You’re not just going to rush him un-fundamentally. You’re going to have to cage him up because he’s going to look around. If nobody’s there he’s going to beat you with his feet. You’ve got to sort of corral him a little bit and get a lot of picket push up the middle, and then the outside guys got to not let him get out and run because he’ll do that and beat you for 30 yards, 20 yards, get big chunks.”
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