Trying to make sense out of an NFL offense is not the easiest thing for defensive coordinators to do. Not only do they have to map out a strategy based on the known playbook, but they also have to account for wrinkles and new plays. Then they have to worry about the personnel and the special things they bring to the table. The Carolina Panthers and their offensive running game have all the right pieces in place to completely dominate the NFC. Here are some really good reasons why:
Deep talent at the running back position
DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart are about as good of a one-two punch as you could hope for on an NFL team. Each of them are fully capable of carrying the ball for over 1,000 yards and have even shown the ability to do it in the same season. Not many would argue the talent and ability that exists at the running back position, and those that try fall woefully short of common sense. The Panthers are stacked with these two horses and have some other decent options in reserve as well with Josh Vaughn and Mike Tolbert if needed.
Mike Tolbert gives them many options...literally
By lining up Tolbert at fullback, the offense and Rob Chudzinski are almost not being fair. Imagine Cam Newton sliding down the line for that speed option with the choice of handing it up the gut to Tolbert, pitching to Williams or Stewart on the edge, or tucking it up himself and running. Not only does Tolbert improve their blocking schemes drastically, but he also gives them a legitimate threat to run the football to add to Chuds' toolbox.
Cam Newton is a pretty good reason to feel good too
The guy did break an all time record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season, right? You have to include him as a solid reason why the Panthers and their running game will be awesome. He gives them that x-factor that I was alluding to in my opening paragraph. Cam Newton can't be contained for an entire game. He will have his moments and all you can hope for is to minimize the damage.
Don't forget Steve Smith and Joe Adams on the end around
I can totally imagine how these guys could get missed in the shuffle. Adams is going to be lightening in a bottle out of the slot and the ageless Smith always finds a way to make an impact on the ground it seems. With the speedy receivers we have in tow, we might find that end around play being more common in 2012.
*Southern is a huge Carolina Panthers fan that is convinced that he will see a Super Bowl Trophy in Charlotte within five years.
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