The Carolina Panthers offense may look a bit different in 2018…..
Wondering what the new-look Norv Turner-led Carolina Panthers offense will look like? We may finally have some answers. Monday, Panthers.com posted a video featuring Charley Casserly of NFL Network discussing what types of things Panthers fans might see in Turner’s offense.
"“Well, I tell you what. One of Norv Turner’s tenants is to get the ball out quick, Casserly said. ‘That’s what they want to do with Cam Newton, have him get the ball out quickly. That should happen in Turner’s offense. They have a lot of timing routes, deep routes. Can he throw the ball deep? Absolutely. The timing routes, we’ll have to see about that. Accuracy hasn’t been one of his top strengths, we’ll say.”"
Casserly then continued on to say that the Carolina Panthers want Newton to run the ball less.
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"“They want him to cut down running the ball. Last year, they said the same thing. However, as the year went on, he ran the ball more. Guess what? Get this stat. When he runs the ball eight or more times, they win almost 70% of the games. When he runs it under eight times a game, they’re two games under .500. He needs to keep running the football.”"
In theory, the idea of having Newton becoming more of a pocket passer sounds great. The league is shifting away from the running quarterback (see Tom Brady or Drew Bees for examples.) However, running is a natural part of his game. That is what Newton is known for. That’s part of what propelled him to stardom at Auburn and that is part of what has made him so successful in the National Football League. Newton has made a living keeping defenses off balance and on edge. He is very hard to gameplan against.
The concept of getting the ball out quick is something that seems sensible. With receivers like D.J. Moore, Devin Funchess, and Torrey Smith, getting the ball to them as soon as possible would be ideal. Get the ball in their hands and let them make plays. Particularly in the cases of Funchess and Smith, they have proven over the years they are able to do that,
In the red zone, getting the ball out quick would be a tremendous strategy. As mentioned, defenses already have to plan for Newton. Adding this element to the offense would keep them on their heels even more.
From the sounds of it, the offense could be very explosive. Remember, although it sounds good, we will have to see how it translates onto the field.