The Carolina Panthers found their new coach and defensive identity when they hired Ron Rivera away from the San Diego Chargers to call the shots. Now, fans must wait for Rivera to round out his coaching staff. But that’s not what fans are waiting for. They want an idea of the style that Rivera will bring on offense.
The defensive strategy is easy to understand. It will be shaped and molded in the same vein as the defensive heavy head coach.
A tough hard hitting style that will use timed blitzes to force QB’s to throw early while blanket coverage in the secondary helps with the turnover battle.
But offensively, there is no clue.
The decision that Rivera makes will impact the teams draft, free agency, and retention of their own players as well.
Jerry Richardson said he wanted an “exciting offense” and the team has looked at Rob Chudzinski, the TE coach from SD. Chud has experience as an OC while in Cleveland where he helped then QB Derek Anderson to his best professional statistical season. He also was a coach at “The” Miami University for four years before leaving for the NFL. Still, Chud has not made his decision yet.
Chudzinski runs a “Pro-Style” offense which is a good thing I suppose since he is working in the NFL. He has used a run heavy style that strongly involves the TE. You don’t have to look much further than the play of SD’s TE Antonio Gates or former U TE Kellen Winslow to understand the success he has had at the position. But is a run heavy style really all that “exciting”?
Perhaps that is the reason that the Panthers have yet to name an OC. If the Panthers want flash, Chud may not be it.
Outside of Chud there really isn’t all that much to get excited about. And that is unfortunate.
Some fans talk of a Brad Childress style which is “West Coast” but that takes two years to fully implement and you need a QB that can run it. With the position the team has in the draft they can draft any QB they see fit, but why reach for a QB with the top overall pick if realistically the guy you want could be had much later. Plus there is no longer a consensus number 1 out there…offensively.
So the fans have to wait for the due-diligence part of this search. Then we will get a better idea of what kind of offense this team will have.