It would seem that Carolina Panthers new offensive coordinator Mike Shula has found the solution for the Panthers offensive woes. Who knew that this whole time it was as simple as getting back to the run game; running the ball out of traditional sets and using the read option as just an “option”. Careful not to put the cart in front of the horse Panther fans.
We have to remember that our backs are only as good as the lanes our offensive line creates for them. I could be jumping the gun here, Shula could have some magic potion that he can sprinkle on Ryan and Jordan, bringing their play back to the exact point it was before injuries took their toll. Maybe while sifting through his magic kit he finds a bottle of Pro Bowl formula to send home with Bell and Silatolu to take twice daily.
The truth is, neither Shula nor anyone else can make any guarantees at this moment. As we see in this article provided by Pro Football Focus, the Panthers offensive line must make strides that only Usain Bolt could pull off in order to reestablish our once dominate rush attack.
December 02, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Carolina Panthers guard Amini Silatolu (61) blocks Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
I am not trying to be a Debbie Downer Panther fans, however, we must proceed with caution when envisioning how affective our ground game could be in 2013. I feel it will take more than the addition of 4th rounder Edmund Kugbila to fix the Panthers line woes. Amini Silatolu must show improvement of last seasons up and down roller-coaster. Byron Bell must become more than average. Ryan Kalil must return as he was before injury along with Jordan Gross.
If the Panthers are hoping moves such as taking Nate Chandler off the defensive line and moving him off tackle are going to makes things better; they are sadly mistaken. This is a tweet from Joe Person earlier this week: @josephperson: #Panthers have moved DT Nate Chandler to off tackle. Chandler is an athlete, went to UCLA originally as a tight end.
The Panthers offensive line has to find a way to impose their will rather than just excepting their fate. When was the last time we really witnessed a truly dominate performance from this unit?
Lets just hope the Panthers know something we don’t know or this so-called ” ground game” may never get off the ground.