Carolina Panthers: Get ready for an explosive, fun offense in 2019
The Carolina Panthers offense should be completely different from last year.
Expect big things from the Carolina Panthers offense. That is the message that Ron Rivera indirectly sent with his quotes on Tuesday. On what should be a stacked side of the football, the Carolina Panthers should be in very good shape.
With a revamped offensive line and promising young stars in Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore, Carolina should be in much better shape than they were last season. Of course it depends on the health of quarterback Cam Newton, who still is recovering from surgery he underwent in the offseason. If he is ready to go, the rest of the National Football League should be concerned.
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Last year, it was all about newness for the offense. Newton and the offensive side of the football had to adjust to offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense. This year, there should be less learning and more opportunities to just go out and execute plays. That is certainly going to be fun to see, and everybody should be able to get a fair amount of touches. Last year, I felt as though the offense relied too much on Christian McCaffrey. Especially when it became apparent that Newton was not himself, he relied on McCaffrey to be open for the quick, easy throws. I can’t blame him, as he was probably hurting tremendously.
This year, the offense should definitely be more wide open. Now we know what the tandem of Samuel and Moore can really do. This should make for a fun season and allow for an open offense. That would certainly be fun for everyone involved, and it would be quite a change from last season in the sense that the ball should be able to finally get in the hands of playmakers.
Ron Rivera also expects big things from this unit, as he told Steve Taranto of 247Sports.
"“I just anticipate a nice big step this year for everybody in the system,” said Rivera during OTAs. “I think Christian has a chance to grow, we’ve got D.J. (Moore) who’s growing, and Curtis (Samuel) is growing. And Jarius (Wright) is just a solid veteran for us … You’ve got Greg (Olsen) who really didn’t get a chance to function in it. Ian (Thomas) made some big steps, (and so did) Chris Manhertz. We added Chris Hogan to the mix, and we’ve got a whole slew of other tools, weapons that we can use on the offensive side I think that are gonna grow and have success in what we do.”"
The possibilities seem endless for the offense, and it the skill sets of each player are very diverse. That will give the offense plenty of options, and it will make fun for (hopefully) a healthy Newton to throw the football. Personally, I think this offense will flip completely and be even more productive than last year.
The feeling out process that the Carolina Panthers had to endure is gone. Now, everyone can is focus on playing football. That is great news for Carolina Panthers fans, and bad news for the rest of the NFC South. The Panthers should be a much more explosive and improved unit in 2019.