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Super Bowl advice for Broncos from coach who ruined Panthers' perfect season

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Super Bowl advice for Broncos from coach who ruined Panthers' perfect season

Dan Quinn was the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator when the Seahawks crushed Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to win a Super Bowl. Quinn also directed that Seattle defense in a handling of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, followed up this year by Quinn as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons becoming the only team to defeat Carolina this season.

All of which obviously means that, with a combined 6-1 record against Manning and Newton, he holds mastery over both quarterbacks in Super Bowl 50 and knows how to beat both. (He obviously didn’t say that, either)

The tack with Manning, despite the veteran’s legendary ability to read and exploit blitzes, is to attackattackattack. “Get him off his spot,” Quinn said. When Seattle destroyed Denver in the 2013 Super Bowl, Quinn dressed nine defensive linemen with the mission statement of sending them in waves after Manning rather than conservatively sit back and try to avoid being picked apart.

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The “formula” vs. Newton is a little different and more complex.

Quinn expects Carolina and offensive coordinator Mike Shula to call 5-6 designed quarterback runs. Quinn is endorsing nothing like former safety and now network analyst Rodney Harrison’s suggestion of trying to injure Newton (potentially and intentionally ending someone’s career is apparently a reasonable objective on the way to winning a game). But Quinn’s approach to stopping Newton does involve going low vs. high.

“This is not a guy [Newton] you want to tackle high,” Quinn said. “He’s got such strength that he can break tackles when he gets going. The tackling for Denver is going to be really critical.”

Defending Newton’s receivers has complexities as well. Man-to-man coverages can free up blitzers and other options, but man coverage means defensive backs’ eyes being first on the receiver and less on the quarterback.

“If you’re going to play man-to-man,” Quinn cautioned, “you better have someone who’s eyes are back toward the quarterback.”

Saints DE Cam Jordan really wants to hit Chase Daniel, but swears it's out of love

Saints DE Cam Jordan really wants to hit Chase Daniel, but swears it's out of love

All signs this week have pointed to Mitch Trubisky returning for the Bears’ Week 7 matchup against New Orleans, which should be exciting news for Chicago fans (right?).

Cam Jordan and the Saints defense, for their part, won’t be happy to see Mitch under center, but maaaaybe not for the reason you’d think. In an appearance on NFL Total Access this afternoon, Jordan was asked by Lindsay Rhodes what the difference between facing Trubisky and backup QB Chase Daniel is for New Orleans, and he laid out a pretty compelling case for preferring Daniel:

 

“I’ve been meaning to hit Chase ever since I got to the league,” Jordan said. “I’ve already hit Mitch.”

Jordan was quick to clarify that he “love[s] Chase” from his days sharing a locker room with him in New Orleans early in each of their careers. Daniel backed up Drew Brees from 2010-2012, overlapping with Jordan’s rookie and sophomore seasons (2011-2012). 

“He brought so much juice to our locker room when he was here,” Jordan continued. “I can’t wait for a chance to hit him. That’s how I show love to my friends.”

Daniel took the rib in stride, tweeting out a light-hearted response to the clip of Jordan a few hours later:


Jordan responded to that by saying he has "nothing but admiration" for Daniel and implored him to be the Brett Favre to his Michael Strahan. (Favre, you'll remember, famously crumpled in a heap at the feet of Strahan in Week 17 of the 2001 season, with Strahan needing only one sack to break the single-season record. That record of 22.5 sacks still stands to this day.) Chicago fans would certainly sign on for Daniel granting Jordan's wish, in the event of a blowout Bears victory.  

Whether it’s Trubisky or Daniel leading the Bears’ huddles on Sunday, though, the Saints defense will prove a formidable matchup, and Jordan is a big reason why. The four-time Pro Bowler has already racked up five sacks (tied for eighth in the NFL) and nine quarterback hits six games into the season.

Optimistically, the hope is Jordan never gets the chance to set his sights on any Bears quarterback this Sunday. Unrealistic? Definitely. But one can dream.

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Alvin Kamara officially out for Week 7 game at Bears

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Alvin Kamara officially out for Week 7 game at Bears

The Bears are getting good news on their injury report, but the Saints definitely are not.

While it sounds like Mitchell Trubisky will return for the Bears, the Saints will be missing both of their backfield starters for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.

Quarterback Drew Brees was already known to miss the game, but now running back Alvin Kamara is officially listed as out with an ankle injury. Kamara had 11 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions for 35 yards in last week’s 13-6 win at Jacksonville, but won’t take on the Bears.

The 24-year-old has 373 rushing yards and 276 receiving yards this season.

Latavius Murray is expected to fill in for Kamara as the starter. Murray has the same 4.3 yards per carry average as Kamara so far this season.

Brees has been out since injuring his thumb in a Week 2 loss at the Rams. Teddy Bridgewater has gone 4-0 as the starting quarterback, but won’t have the threat of Kamara behind him on Sunday.

On top of that, starting tight end Jared Cook is also out with an ankle injury. Cook has 15 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns this season.

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