Originally Posted by thunderkyss
We'll agree to disagree on Winston. Our run game & passing game is just as good as it was with Winston. We had a three game skid at the end of the season & "everybody" is still emotional over that. Most don't remember we had multiple 3 game skids in previous seasons.
Factor in that Newton is younger with room to grow (improve), not making starter money..... I'd pick Newton in a heartbeat. I was very impressed with him before he got hurt, which just happens to coincide with when the offense started to struggle.
My man, you are putting way too much in just total yards. Charles did that production on 66 less carries and 252 less snaps than Arian with a 5.3 yards per carry average (Arian 4.1). Meanwhile they had the same average after contact of 2.2. That means Charles got more room from his front line before even being touched to get that average per carry. Also add that Foster averaged 3.7 running at Newton. Charles averaged 5.8 running at Winston. Not even close. For instance PFF grades has Winston 6th amongst RT's in run blocking. Don't even ask where Newton is lol.
As for Newton's injury coinciding with the offense that would be a bit off. He got injured in the Lions game in Week 12 (only had 10 plays yet our offense was fine w/o him) so missed the Titans and Patriots game. He was there for the offensive downturn. His absence meant little in that regards since Ryan Harris was no worse than being the same player. So Newton was there for the field goal-a-thon against the Colts. The no mas touchdowns against the Vikings, etc.
Honestly, the alternating at RT tells the story. Before the season on August 27th as stated on houstontexans.com: Coach Gary Kubiak said there will not be a time-share between the two players, meaning the job is Newton’s and Newton’s alone. That was speaking of Butler and Newton after big Newt won the job. As the season went on though and Newton had his struggles we saw time shared at that spot with Harris (Newton 774 plays; Harris 416). Good indicator he was underperforming to the level Kubes and Dennison sought.
Hopefully, the guy improves and grows. But just like his youth means it's a possibility it also means he could be same as previous and not improve at all. It's all one giant crapshoot so all we can do is hope for the best there.