3 reasons why the Panthers shouldn’t rush Christian McCaffrey back
By Dean Jones
The Carolina Panthers are rolling on offense
Before we start this segment, let’s point out that the Carolina Panthers are not better off without someone as gifted as Christian McCaffrey.
Not now, not ever.
McCaffrey remains the best dual-threat running back in the NFL. But the Panthers could take their time getting him back into the lineup given that their offense seems to be firing on all cylinders during a three-game winning run that has been accomplished without the former Stanford standout.
There is just no telling how good this offense can be when McCaffrey returns. However, it will be essential that coordinator Joe Brady doesn’t go back to the old habits and lean on the back heavily. This might do more harm than good not only to the player but also to the team overall.
The Panthers are a well-balanced offensive unit that is distributing the ball evenly across their talented weapons. Bringing McCaffrey back into the fold is going to upset the apple cart, so to speak, relating to the volume of touches he receives. So it will up to Brady and Matt Rhule to come up with some sort of viable solution that can maximize his production while continuing to involves other prominent playmakers.
Carolina is in a much healthier position than it’s been in for what seems like an age. There was a time when McCaffrey would have been rushed back at the earliest possibility. But there is simply no need for that at this juncture.