It actually was dispelled in the first half as Newton, who has rushed for more yards than any quarterback since he entered the league in 2011, carried seven times for 64 yards and a touchdown.
And most of these were designed runs, not scrambles, like the 4-yard, second-quarter touchdown run to the right side that Newton celebrated by galloping around like he was on a horse.
All that was missing was the pregame cleats Newton wore that looked like cowboy boots with a sheriff’s badge.cheap nike nfl jerseys paypal
“I still want the wow factor,” Newton said. “I had the spurs, too. But the spurs didn’t make it. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board with that one.”
Turner didn’t have to go back to the drawing board when figuring out how to utilize Newton, who said there never was a doubt from the time he met his new coordinator that he would be allowed to utilize his legs.
“It was as simple as, ‘Hey, baby! I’m going to let you be you now, baby!'” said Newton, doing his best imitation of Turner. “I said, ‘OK, coach.’ [He said], ‘All right now. Just let it go out there today, baby.’ He loves baby.”
Newton loves to run and defenses hate to see him run.
“When you have a two-headed monster like that, man, it’s tough,” Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “And he’s a two-headed monster. When he can pull the ball down like he did today and make guys miss, have those splash plays like that, he’s tough to start.nike nfl cheap jerseys
“When he’s on target and making throws and getting the ball downfield to those electrifying receivers we have, it’s scary.”
Newton, who finished with 13 carries for 58 yards (several kneel-downs at the end), began with a carry for no gain on Carolina’s second play. Three plays later, he went 16 yards up the middle after faking a handoff to running back Christian McCaffrey.
This was nothing like the playcalling Turner did in the early 1990s at Dallas with Troy Aikman — who happened to be in the booth calling the game — at quarterback.