Embracing the Carolina Panthers’ collaborative approach
Not calling the plays is a moot point for Thomas Brown at this stage of his coaching journey. Frank Reich is the head coach and is a bright offensive mind in his own right, so learning from such a revered figure is only going to help the Carolina Panthers and the coordinator’s own prospects long-term.
Brown might not have an in-game play-calling role initially. But Reich seems more than willing to give this up when the time is right, so the coordinator must be ready for anything during his first season with the franchise.
Based on his comments at the introductory presser, Brown is going to embrace the collaborative approach being adopted by the Panthers. Something that fans hope will provide more efficiency in key areas such as third-down conversions and turning red-zone chances into touchdowns, which have been found wanting of late.
The eventual goal?
Not just improved statistics across the board but winning more football games, too.
"“Everybody talks about being balanced offensively. Balance doesn’t mean always 50-50 from a run-pass standpoint. It means winning the football game. Stats are awesome, but the No. 1 goal is to win football games. So, if we have to throw it 40 times to win or run the ball 40 times to win, it’s all based on a collaborative effort.”"
If hopes were high before these press conferences this week, they are through the roof now. A level of optimism that the team’s loyal fanbase hasn’t had the luxury of for quite some time.
What comes next will define whether these dreams can become reality in 2023.