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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.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.