The pistol offense has came silently onto the NFL scene by making appearances with the Washington Redskins and RG3. It goes without saying that RG3′s ACL begs for the pistol offense to be ended swiftly.
However, the Carolina Panthers have a slightly different scenario to put the pistol into play.
With two power backs in Mike Tolbert and Stewart, as well as speed backs with Williams and the new addition Barner, the Panthers could load this pistol with extra black powder and blow defenses away.
A 250 lb QB also helps to keep the issue of injury away. While RG3 is a more agile mobile passer; Cam has the ability to take a larger hit without getting too banged up for the next play.
A pistol offense with a four man backfield could make a defensive coordinator rip his hair out trying to figure out where the ball is going. This would increase the chances of a Lombardi trophy sitting in the Panthers hallway, rather than another lackluster year.
The pistol is far from an every down scheme, simply because the running-backs tend to get banged up with that extra half second the defense has to react. The ends justify the means if the scheme leads to big plays and TDs, buy some more icy hot for those HBs.
The Carolina Panthers by all means should be based on a run first, pass second scheme; although Cam Newton should stay in the pocket until forced out. Those designed runs couldn’t fool a child.
Surprise is what leads a team to victory, considering most defenses can make reads on teams based on what their own team has run. The pistol has been studied little and if a play-action starts to fail, the QB has more time to react and get the ball off. This could be Cam’s saving grace considering his tendency to hold the ball to long.
I can see Mike Tolbert taking an inside run now and having just enough momentum to run over the big DT. Force equals mass times acceleration and Tolbert is a lot of acceleration with a ton of mass. Very few, if any, defensive backs in the league could take Tolbert head on.
The genius about the pistol offense is the ability to be more creative with plays. Cam won a National Championship at Auburn with plenty of trick plays; put the players out there and run some good old fashioned school yard football!
Joe Namath won a Super Bowl off being flashy and backing it up. Imagine the dynasty possible if a whole team was flashy and could back it up, Carolina could have several Lombardi trophies displayed in the lockeroom and hallways.
Let’s be honest, the Carolina Panthers are looking for an offensive niche; and this pistol offense may just lead to a Super Bowl. Nobody can deny that players like Steve Smith would look so much better with a rock on their finger.