Ron Rivera doesn’t want to wear out Christian McCaffrey’s batteries

AP

The Panthers spent plenty of time this offseason talking about how the addition of Christian McCaffrey opened up possibilities for the offense and they wasted no time matching their actions to their words.

McCaffrey lined up as a tailback, a fullback, a slot receiver and an outside receiver while playing on 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in their 23-3 victory over the 49ers. That was more snaps than anyone outside of Cam Newton and the offensive line and McCaffrey’s 18 touches — 13 carries and five catches — were behind Jonathan Stewart‘s 20 for most on the team.

If it wasn’t obvious that McCaffrey will be a big part of the offense before, it’s obvious now. Coach Ron Rivera wants to be sure that their excitement about all McCaffrey can do doesn’t lead the Panthers to overuse him, however.

“It’s like getting that new toy at Christmas,” Rivera said, via ESPN.com. “You open up the box and there’s what you’d hoped for. But you also have to be wise and smart about when you play with it and when you don’t, because you don’t want to wear the batteries out. You don’t want to break it. What you want to do is utilize it and have fun with it.”

McCaffrey can make plays with the ball in his hands, but offensive coordinator Mike Shula and Rivera also pointed out how his presence seemed to open things up for others on offense. For that to happen, McCaffrey obviously needs to be on the field so the coaches will have to do some balancing to make sure their new toy stays bright and shiny.

12 responses to “Ron Rivera doesn’t want to wear out Christian McCaffrey’s batteries

  1. I realize there is a difference between football in college & NFL. And I can respect Riviera’s coach to player insight.
    Anyone know what McCaffrey batteries were used in the Stanford vs. Iowa bowl game?

  2. Most overrated coach ever. Proof to me you don’t need to be a great coach to make it to the Super Bowl. He’s had just two winning seasons in his 7-year career as a HC. Same to be said for Gary Kubiak. He won a Super Bowl, but just 5 winning seasons in his 10 year HC career. Interesting that SB win came with Peyton.

  3. McCaffery was a smart addition and now the Panthers have to figure out how to best use him. Sunday will be a big test as the Bills’ run defense is a lot stouter than the 49-ers. Since the idea is to win the game and the testing phase is over, we will likely see a lot more Cam and a lot more passing.

  4. ipeefreelyagain says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Most overrated coach ever. Proof to me you don’t need to be a great coach to make it to the Super Bowl. He’s had just two winning seasons in his 7-year career as a HC. Same to be said for Gary Kubiak. He won a Super Bowl, but just 5 winning seasons in his 10 year HC career. Interesting that SB win came with Peyton.

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    I was unaware that Kubiak is considered a great coach?

    You could have used the blank stare of Jim Caldwell or Mangini, or Lovie, or Pagano…

    I mean, any of the above would have worked. But you went with Kubiak?

  5. timmmah10 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:49 am
    running backs are batteries. You use them, then you replace them… That’s how the NFL has treated RBs for the last decade+.
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    I agree so it really makes me wonder why teams draft them in the 1st round?

  6. timmmah10 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:49 am
    running backs are batteries. You use them, then you replace them… That’s how the NFL has treated RBs for the last decade+.

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    Certain franchises don’t believe that. Carolina is one of them. Gee, I wonder why they can’t win a SB?

    Marty Hurney was one of the biggest morons I have ever seen as a GM. Giving Delhomme that monster contract and in 2009 and not trading Peppers for draft picks, are just 2 of his unbelievable gaffes in the cap era.

  7. He really didn’t accomplish anything. Rushing avg around 3 ypc, I think. 8 or so on receptions, nothing in the return game. Much ado about very little, and I think that will be the story of his career as a pro.

  8. McCaffrey might yet work out, but they could have taken Ty Cohen from the up the road in Greensboro for far less and taken a 1st rd OL to protect Cam. Cohen showed he can do all that McCaffrey can do, only better.

    Don’t take my word, compare the numbers…all year. Right now it’s 18 touches vs 12. 85 total yards vs. 113 for Cohen. Cohen also averaged 15 yds per 3 punt returns. This dude is electric!

  9. Ron Rivera has been voted coach of the year twice for whatever that’s worth. He’s a solid defensive minded coach and a player’s coach, but he’s no Belichick.

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