Carolina Panthers’ balance on offense
When one sits down and examines the 2022 season, more failings on offense will be the primary reason why the Carolina Panthers flattered to deceive once again. Another failed trade at the quarterback position was the catalyst, with Baker Mayfield’s lack of production and spell on injured/reserve resulting in a revolving door and almost no consistent distribution.
If the Panthers cannot establish the run early, things get extremely tricky. D’Onta Foreman has filled in superbly for Christian McCaffrey following his trade to the San Francisco 49ers, but he is a volume back that needs touches to wear defenses down with his physical running style.
Teams have enjoyed great success stacking the box and putting the game on whoever is under center. Ben McAdoo’s scheme isn’t particularly well balanced, although the improvements were evident in Week 12 when Sam Darnold was introduced as the team’s starter.
Darnold managed the game well, was efficient with the football, and made his opportunities count versus an outstanding Denver defense. This should be the blueprint moving forward, but more balance is needed if the running game doesn’t generate early momentum.
The Panthers are making strides on defense and the special teams unit is decent enough thanks to the influence of Chris Tabor. However, until their offense provides similar stability, there’s just no telling which way things will go from one contest to the next.