Ron Rivera skeptical of hurry up offenses


There’s a preoccupation in the NFL right now with going fast.

But Panthers coach Ron Rivera — whose team ran the fewest plays in the league last week — showed his defensive colors when discussing the topic.

I’m not quite sure what the real, true benefit is other than having a few more plays,” Rivera said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “People say, ‘Well, you get 75, 80 plays going faster.’ You also can go 1-2-3 and out faster and put the other team back on the field faster. So which is it? . . .

“There’s some stretches if you go out there and you go too fast and make a mistake, and all of a sudden your defense is back out there. Now your defense is getting worn down. Is that a good thing, too?”

It wasn’t for his next opponent. The Bills ran a middle-of-the-pack 61 plays, but they had five drives of three or fewer snaps against the Patriots. That made it easy for their defense to look gassed.

There’s little danger of that with the Panthers, who ran a scant 50 plays from scrimmage. But they were 17th in time of possession, since they ran effectively when they did have the ball.

Of course, they also lost a 12-7 game to the Seahawks, so picking up the pace a little might benefit them.

24 responses to “Ron Rivera skeptical of hurry up offenses

  1. This loser attitude is one of the reasons why Rivera will probably be unemployed next year. Admitting you don’t have the proper people to run a high-octane offense is one thing….to argue against its benefits is nonsensical.

  2. Although I don’t like watching it anymore, I think the Brady, Manning hurry up where you get to the line fast then bleed the clock with dummy audibles is very effective and must be tough to play against.
    Remember no huddle and hurry up are not the same thing

  3. An argument can be made for quality plays instead of quantity. After all, running 100 plays doesn’t gurantee a win.

    In fact, I believe if the Redskins recovered the onside kick late, they would have scored and beat the Eagles. The Eagles defense looked gassed in the 4th quarter. That fast pace can wear down your own defense.

  4. Guys who can’t keep up with the times get left behind.

    Forget about him even being an innovator.

    Comments like these are why owners think about firing a guy and getting a new H/C.

  5. Translation: My quarterback isn’t intelligent enough to run a hurry up offense. We had to take the read option away from because he had to make “too many decisions” with it.

    Newton will never be able to run a sophisticated offense, and the Seahawks exposed his limitations last week. Good luck finding a new job Ron…

  6. My team doesn’t play the Eagles this year but if they did, I wouldn’t fear them. With that ridiculous pace I expect half their roster on injured reserve by game 10.

  7. “There’s some stretches if you go out there and you go too fast and make a mistake, and all of a sudden your defense is back out there. Now your defense is getting worn down. Is that a good thing, too?”


    Ron, I respect your defensive mind, and I appreciate the time you spent in Philly.

    But there is a very good answer to your question there.

    Thats why you coach your team not to suck. And you call plays that dont suck. And you gameplan based around being able to move the ball, and not playing to not lose like you do.

    Granted, you werent given the best team to coach. But you need to coach those players to suck less, so that you can trust them to move the ball more, and faster, so that you can score more.

  8. The two advantages to the hurry up offenses are to keep the opponent from having as much time to anticipate what play is coming next and to keep them from having enough time to switch personnel between plays. If an offensive coordinator can call the next play based on the personnel that are on the field during the play that is being run, the likelihood of success increases. The problem with the Panthers is that they are too predictable. During the Seahawk game, I was able to tell my son the next play with about 75% accuracy. If I can do that, a good defensive coordinator surely can.

  9. The way the Panthers play on offense, it seems as if Rivera is skeptical of offense period. He’s definitely skeptical of having a viable number two receiver.

  10. That is funny. The coach of a team that has not been to the playoffs in 5 years and has not played with a winning record in 3 years is making comments about the effectiveness of an actual NFL offense. Hilarious, seriously.

  11. If you are trying to win a game with your defense, Rivera is absolutely correct. Chip Kelly’s offense wouldn’t help teams like the Chiefs or Vikings who can control the clock, run the ball, and play good defense. What Chip Kelly needs to realize this week is that when you run that type of offense, you can’t lay off the pedal in the second half. They almost blew the lead because they became more conservative. They should have kept with their hurry up well into the 4th qtr as the Redskins had no answer for it.

  12. Okay someone answer this for me: Is there huge difference between going 3 and out in 2 minutes (slow pace, 40 seconds between plays) and going 3 and out in 1 minute (fast pace, 20 seconds between plays)? You still get the commercial break before and after your possession, which is another 4 minutes of rest for the defense. That means your defense either gets 6 minutes or 5 minutes of rest if you go 3 and out.

    It seems like the downside of playing fast is having to listen to uneducated people talk about your defense not getting any rest.

  13. The K Gun hurry up offense by the Bills in the 90’s got them to 4 staright super bowls, granted they didn’t win any, but 4 straight super bowl appearances. I’ll take that, but hey he’s allowed to be skeptical.

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