The Carolina Panthers offense this preseason has been disappointing to watch to say the least.
First year offensive coordinator Mike Shula’s new offense has been called “vanilla“, “lacking personality“. and having “no rhythm” so often you would think we were talking about the nerdy kid at the school dance instead of an NFL offense.
But the Panthers have only 743 yards of total offense in three games this preseason. That’s 743 TOTAL yards on offense . Panther fans have seen little of the excitement on offense that we saw toward the end of last season – no wildcat formations, no read option plays, no flair. So exactly what is going on and what needs to be done to help the Panthers offensively?
After the game against the Ravens last Thursday night, I was “tweeting” with other Panther fans and lamenting that 143 yards from scrimmage was all the offense could muster in this, the third game of the preseason. With everyone standing around scratching their head and me somehow hoping that Mike Shula is the ultimate poker player and waiting for the regular season to show his hand, a fellow Panther fan told me that his “snarky 15-year old daughter” had a plan to fix the Panther offense and that she intended to share it with Panther GM Dave Gettleman and owner Jerry Richardson.
Well, I thought, at least here was someone who had a plan that they felt confident enough to share with the Panthers front office.. and it did not include firing the offensive coordinator. My friend was gracious enough to share a text version of his daughter’s letter and I felt obliged to share it with other readers. Here it is in its entirety:
What do you think football fans? Personally I love the idea of the players playing both ways.
Old school stuff. I can hear it now… “Starting at Middle Linebacker… and Fullback, LUUUUUKE Kuechly!
Thanks for the copy Papa Lex and thank you, too Victoria!
Keep Pounding, young lady. You might just have a future in sports!
And If you get the GM job, don’t forget us little people.