There are some skeptics who think that after watching tape of Cam Newton last season, NFL defenses will be better prepared for the Carolina Panthers offense, which was ranked top 5 last year. The players, coaches, and coordinators think differently though.
“We’re constantly changing and improving,” Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil said. “We’ll maybe not so much try to repeat what we did last year – because last year we only won six games – but we’re trying to improve and become a playoff team.”
The Carolina Panthers players and coaches have been impressed about what they have seen at OTAs, and are optimistic about what might be possible.
“I’m pretty excited about what we’re seeing out there,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. “We do have to take it with a grain of salt because we’re not in pads, but it’s great to see the guys moving around.
“The big thing you’re looking for is guys doing things the right way – making right decisions, putting themselves in position to make the play. That’s probably the biggest improvement we’ve seen.”
The biggest key to the Panthers offense is offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski, who apparently comes in with new and different schemes every week. The offensive players on the Panthers have an interesting name for their offensive coordinator.
“Coach (Rob) Chudzinski, we call him the ‘mad scientist.’” Ryan Kalil said. “It’s not going to be the same offense. He’s always creating new ideas.”
The Panthers “Annexation of Puerto Rico” play from “The Little Giants” comes to mind in the mad scientist category. I, for one, am intrigued by the prospect of a mad scientist designing an offense in which Cam Newton has the ball in his hands; it could have Jekyl and Hyde results, but the ride should be fascinating.