Originally Posted by eriadoc
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.
I don't know if it wasn't a measured gamble that they had both Butler & Newton that helped them make that decision. If they had just Butler, or just Newton they may have made some attempt to keep Winston.