Originally Posted by Fiddler
Maybe injury had something to do with that. Butler was the guy. Got hurt. Newton was the guy, got hurt. Harris was not the guy, but the team fought hard when that third stringer was in there & managed to win some games though they weren't playing their best.
Newton is now healthy & he's back in there.
Butler sucked before he got hurt. Newton is not as good in pass pro as Winston, and that was Winston's weakest point. Newton isn't as good as Winston in run blocking, obviously. I'm not bagging on Newton, as he's a first time starter. But the coaches made the decision that Butler was going to be the guy, when they should have known full well that he wasn't ready for prime time. Butler lost the job to Newton before he ever got hurt. They screwed up in evaluating their guy. It happens. You just have to plan well enough that you don't take a chance on a new guy on OL while taking a chance on a new guy right next to him on OL.