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Panthers see Steelers as an example of the offense they want

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In the weeks and months since the Panthers selected running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Curtis Samuel in the first two rounds of this year’s draft, they’ve made no secret about how they hope the two players fit into their offense.

The team sees the rookies as adding an explosive element to the unit because of their speed, especially when it comes to catching a short pass from Cam Newton and turning it into a big game. Getting the ball out to them quickly would also likely limit the hits Newton takes in the pocket, something that would double the benefit of expanding the ranks of playmakers on offense in Charlotte.

During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Ross Tucker and Bob Papa, Panthers coach Ron Rivera reiterated those hopes as well as the kind of offense that the Panthers see as an example of where they’d like to go.

“Look what they did in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger,” Rivera said. “Look what they did with the type of players they put in their backfield, put in their receiving corps. They run the ball with a very quick, slashing style running game. They can ground and pound it at the same time with the same running game. Then they’ve got some very versatile, quick receivers that make plays once they get the ball in their hands.”

No one is likely to start comparing McCaffrey and Samuel to Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, but they don’t need to be on that level to add new wrinkles to a Panthers offense that didn’t have enough of them last season.

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22 Responses to “Panthers see Steelers as an example of the offense they want”
  1. pwebster919 says: Jul 10, 2017 12:31 PM

    They need to improve their O-Line before they can even be in consideration for that comparison.

  2. ncfloyd says: Jul 10, 2017 12:39 PM

    The only Panther that could start for the Steelers offense is TE Olsen.

  3. akaodoyle says: Jul 10, 2017 12:42 PM

    So, does the pounding stop now?

  4. nathanp2013 says: Jul 10, 2017 12:44 PM

    Than they need a less selfish QB who spends less time practicing 1st quarter 1st down celebrations and someone who is willing to listen to the offensive coordinator versus calling an audible to a QB keeper every time they make it to the RZ.

  5. steelersallday says: Jul 10, 2017 12:45 PM

    It’s not going to be easy especially with cam “run away from a fumble ” newtown

  6. winningisabrees says: Jul 10, 2017 12:47 PM

    Tuff Division

    Last two SB participants came from NFCS

  7. denrec says: Jul 10, 2017 12:50 PM

    They have a new LT and RT. Their O-line should be as good as it was in 2015. Their guards are pro bowl level.

  8. jjackwagon says: Jul 10, 2017 12:54 PM

    So the Panthers are looking for the type of offense that was ranked 14th in rushing and 10th in points? Seems like they would want to be higher than that.

  9. joetoronto says: Jul 10, 2017 12:55 PM

    I’m not a fan of Roethlisberger’s but the fact is he can read a defense, unlike Newton, who can’t read a comic book.

  10. 345snarkavenue says: Jul 10, 2017 12:59 PM

    clearly they mean just the on-field part.

  11. corkspop says: Jul 10, 2017 1:00 PM

    Not a bad offense to emulate. Newton is more mobile than Big Ben and that will help until the O-Line can be upgraded further. 10-6 this year and a Wild Card berth.

  12. zibet says: Jul 10, 2017 1:01 PM

    Why do they want that – didn’t they make it to the SuperBowl two years ago? Now they want an offense that chokes in Conference championship or wild card round of the playoffs like the Steelers gimmick offense??

  13. mysterytonite says: Jul 10, 2017 1:08 PM

    Cam just needs to let himself go and add about 75 lb’s and they are right there.

  14. tylawspick6 says: Jul 10, 2017 1:12 PM

    Why teams keep trying to mirror inferior teams than that of NE, I have no idea.

    The only logical conclusion is they don’t think their players will work hard enough or have the football IQ to handle it.

  15. dexterismyhero says: Jul 10, 2017 1:14 PM

    @joetoronto says:
    Jul 10, 2017 12:55 PM
    I’m not a fan of Roethlisberger’s but the fact is he can read a defense, unlike Newton, who can’t read a comic book.
    Even on a stolen laptop or tablet!!!!

  16. redlikethepig says: Jul 10, 2017 1:15 PM

    And not an example of the type of person they want.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jul 10, 2017 1:19 PM

    That means they will struggle to score points in the playoffs and if they make it to the SB, they will be humiliated by the Patriots.

  18. factschecker says: Jul 10, 2017 1:30 PM

    Why teams keep trying to mirror inferior teams than that of NE, I have no idea.
    Some teams do run a similar version to the Patriots precision match up offense (which in itself has evolved over the years) Pretty much every route in the Pats offense is an “option route” based off the coverage the defense is playing. You need an established group to make it work. It’s one thing to get a newcomer on board. It’s a whole different animal if you tried to get an entire team up to speed. Plus you sort of need Tom Brady who has a PHD in this offense. He’s pretty much the professor that makes it work.

  19. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jul 10, 2017 1:33 PM

    So they want to emulate a team that couldn’t scare a TD in the playoffs against KC & only scored 17 against the Pat’s???? That’s not making any sense.!

  20. peytonwantsaflag says: Jul 10, 2017 2:03 PM

    They want receivers with multiple suspensions for drug use, a glass running back and an over-the-hill quarterback that disappears in the playoffs?

  21. steverolley says: Jul 10, 2017 2:04 PM

    So to limit Newton’s abuse in the pocket they look at the Steelers…

    Good idea it’s not like Roethlisberger ever gets hurt.

  22. collectordude says: Jul 10, 2017 2:11 PM

    Need a QB first.

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