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


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.”

Bears logo ranked in bottom five of NFL in recent fan poll

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Bears logo ranked in bottom five of NFL in recent fan poll

The Chicago Bears logo has withstood the test of time. In a sports era full of uniform changes, the Bears have maintained the classic orange 'C' for most of their nearly 100 years in Chicago.

Unfortunately, tradition doesn't equate to popularity.

Chicago's logo ranked 28th in the NFL, according to a recent poll of nearly 1,500 football fans. Only the Redskins (29), Bengals (30), Jets (31) and Browns (32) were worse.

I’m not sure how I feel about the underbite on the “C.” I can see how this would be a polarizing feature of this logo. I wish to an extent that it met up more evenly. I think they could have had the bottom meet up in a more even fashion and still maintained the sharpness, of the “C,” which I like. I don’t mind the point [ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE “C”], without the point it would be super boring. The point actually does add something from a design standpoint that makes it stand out.

Bears fans will take exception with the results. Wins have been hard to come by in recent seasons, but there's still something special about seeing the familiar navy and orange on Sundays in the fall. The 'C' is arguably the biggest part of that. Sure, it's not a complex design overflowing with colors, but it represents a long and storied history. 

It's interesting that each of the bottom five teams have struggled to string together winning seasons. On the flipside, teams like the Saints, Falcons, Rams, Vikings and Eagles rank in the top six. Maybe it's recency bias.

In the NFC North, the Lions rank No. 2 (which is a shocker) and the Packers are No. 20. 

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start from new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."