“He’s a whole different breed,” Ware said. “He’s a running back, a guy that can play quarterback. The thing is he doesn’t make a lot of decisions. They’re one of the least penalized teams in the league, so they’re fundamentally sound and they run the ball well. I don’t know the ratings, but they’ve got three running backs in (Jonathan) Stewart, (DeAngelo) Williams and then you got Cam Newton. It’s a three-headed (monster). They’ll stick all three of them in there.”
Newton leads the Panthers with 209 yards on 40 carries. Williams has the most carries, but he's averaging just 3.6 yards a run. Stewart has 107 yards on 25 carries.
The Panthers will use the read-option that Newton perfected in leading Auburn to a national championship.
“He can read all he wants to,” Ware said. “Just got to figure out who’s got the ball and make the tackle. This game here is going to come down to what team can handle that circus offense, but secondly, can we tackle? Can we come down and tackle; the basic fundamentals of defense and that’s making plays and getting turnovers?”
Newton’s size (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) makes him one of the bigger quarterbacks, but he is also elusive. Ware, who leads the Cowboys with six sacks, said the pass rush has to take a different approach.
“You sorta got to know what you’re getting into,” Ware said. “You’re not just going to rush him unfundamentally. You’re going to have to cage him up because he’s going to look around. If nobody’s there he’s going to beat you with his feet. You’ve got to sort of corral him a little bit and get a lot of picket push up the middle, and then the outside guys got to not let him get out and run because he’ll do that and beat you for 30 yards, 20 yards, get big chunks.”