The Carolina Panthers offensive line coach explained his philosophy on Friday.
A new era of Carolina Panthers football has begun. As said new era gets underway, we are beginning to learn more about the different coaches on the staff. Friday, we got to learn a little bit more about offensive line coach Pat Meyer.
Meyer for what it’s worth is not new to the NFL coaching ranks. He has coached the offensive line position for the Bears, Bills, and Chargers. He is a rarity on the staff of Matt Rhule. With several coaches on the staff getting their first taste of the NFL, Meyer breaks that trend. Even still, he will certainly be different than what the Panthers are used to.
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That’s not necessarily a bad thing either. Meyer from what I can tell, is extremely knowledgeable about the game. Panthers.com did an interview with him on Friday asking a couple questions. One of the questions that came up was how he would describe his coaching style. When I read this question, I was expecting a very vanilla, basic answer. However I was pleasantly surprised.
If anything, it seems like he adapts to his players. That certainly a rarity in today’s National Football League, but I truly believe it’s necessary in order to connect with your players. We have seen the effects of a coaching staff that is disconnected from its players. Those results are not great either. The last thing the Carolina Panthers want is a disconnect between players and staff. In a rebuild, they need to make sure that everybody is on the same page from top to bottom. For Meyer, it seems like the players factor into how he coaches.
“I trust what I believe in. But all linemen are different with different skill sets, and I train them differently. I would say I am open-minded. I learn from players. I don’t know everything. I learned a lot from veteran players when I was a young coach. I want a tightly-knit group that is going to work hard. We are going to demand perfection and put good stuff on film, because that’s a reflection of me, our line and this organization.”
I really like this answer. It sounds like he is going to not coach everybody the same way, which is important. It’s important for everybody to be on the same page, but it’s also important to realize that not everybody learns the same way. The Carolina Panthers certainly have some work to do on the offensive line. It seems like Meyer is willing to let the players work through their issues and help them get better. That’s important for long-term trust. That will hopefully lead to success.
I’ll be interested to see exactly how each of the new coaching styles fit into the plan for 2020. It’s obvious that this coaching staff wants to win, and is willing to think outside the box. Those two things are important. It sounds like Meyer is willing to do that. If he can help this line, I am all for it.