NFL Notebook: Now that Patriots are on film, how much can offense still show? Plenty

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In a tease that likely played to his inherent showman, Cam Newton flirted with the Patriots-loving football world about two weeks ago when he was asked what excites him the most about what he can do in the Patriots' offense.

"I think the most exciting thing is that nobody knows. And you're still not gonna know. So you just got to tune in and see," Newton said, with a wide grin. "That’s what excites me the most because everybody's kinda having the same questions like, ‘What are they going to do? Are they going to do this? Are they going to do that? Are they gonna do that? Are they gonna do this?' ... I mean, come on. It’s almost game week, guy. You can’t just let all of the tricks out of the hat."

Newton might as well have winked and blown a kiss to Patriots fans. Huge tease.

And how about the debut?

Certainly productive and efficient. And for an offense that for 20 years featured Tom Brady operating from the pocket, it was certainly different looking when Newton was featured heavily in the running game with read-option and other tactics.

It was fun. It looked different.


But how exotic was it, really? Was The Great Unveiling all that different than what they've done in the past — outside of the QB being a weapon in the run game?

No, it wasn't. The Patriots still pulled their guards a ton to run power. They had cross-blocking involving the tight ends. They threw slants to Julian Edelman over the middle.

It was a barebones version of the Patriots' offense designed — as always — to get the most efficient execution in order to win that game.

So, basically, Newton got us all hot and bothered for nothing. Outside of apparently Dolphins coach Brian Flores (man coverage, really?), that's exactly the type of offense you'd expect Newton to be running — he's been doing it his entire career.

And that's actually great news for the Patriots entering Sunday night against the Seahawks.

New England's offense hasn't really revealed itself yet. Expect to see Phase 2 (of about 8) in Seattle.

Here are some of the things I think we'll see on Sunday and beyond: