Carolina Panthers: training camp red zone trouble

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Jul 31, 2015; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) catches a pass during training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

So is this an excuse, or a fact the red zone offense is that bad?

I do not think it is necessarily a fact.  Think of it like this, the WAS the first time the Panthers ran these drills and their offense is greatly improved since last season.  Essentially they were shaking the cobwebs off.

Olsen also agreed with this point

“Sometimes comes early in camp with installation where you’re trying to get plays on tape and try to get plays run.  And obviously when you’re playing against a good defense it’s hard enough.  But we’ll be fine.”

This is a good sign from a man who had over 1,000 receiving yards last season.

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I also do not think because the offense was playing against one of the top defenses in the league is an excuse for the inefficiency either.   Like I said, the offense is trying to shake off the cobwebs, right coach Rivera?

“One of the things that’s a little bit different is on the defensive side we’re far ahead.  We really are. (Defensive coordinator) Sean (McDermott) just picked up right where we left off in OTA’s and minicamp where offensively we’re pretty basic.  We didn’t game plan anything.”

So after the sixth day of training camp, we are not able to judge how the red zone offense will be during the 2015 season.  All fans need to let it play out.  But if we have to resort to scoring off of big plays downfield, the excitement will still be there.