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  • Panthers Film Room: Breaking down the Joe Brady offense
    by Billy Marshall on January 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports The Panthers will have a completely new look on offense in 2020, but what does that mean? Let’s look at the film and find out what Joe Brady’s offense has in store for Carolina. The Carolina Panthers hired Joe Brady to be their offensive coordinator on January 16. Brady’s rise to this position has been remarkable. He was an analyst for the New Orleans Saints for two seasons before being trusted to modernize LSU’s passing offense in 2019. It’s safe to say he accomplished that task for the Tigers. Weak side option route SB Nation’s Seth Galina has written in depth about the use of the Saints weak side option route. Brady brought over that concept from the Superdome to Tiger Stadium. LSU would motion or line up one of their running backs to the weak-side in a 3x1 or 3x2 formation. The wide receiver, usually Ja’Marr Chase, would line up in the slot. As Galina states here, the option gives the receiver multiple options based on the alignment of the defender. The option route gives the slot receiver three choices predicated on the how the defender on top of him is playing. Essentially, he’s doing the opposite of that defender. After about 4-5 yards, if the guy is playing inside, run out. If he’s playing outside, run inside on a slant. If you feel like he’s playing deeper in zone, you sit down and hook up. LSU is in an empty formation with Clyde Edwards-Helaire flexed wide with Ja’Marr Chase. Chase runs the option route, but he decides to run a slant due to the outside leverage of the defender. Halfback corner route Sean Payton has been instrumental in creating space for his running backs in the passing game. Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, and now Alvin Kamara are a few of the backs who have been productive receivers in his offense. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a career high in receptions and receiving yards for the Tigers in 2019. He wasn’t just catching screens, there were nifty route concepts created. This HB corner route in the red zone was one of my favorite plays from LSU. Alabama brackets Chase on the post, the Will goes to Moss, and Edwards-Helaire is wide open pic.twitter.com/IIKEdKHfwD— Billy M (@BillyM_91) January 15, 2020 The corner route underneath the deep post is an efficient way to create space for the back in the red zone. Brady was able to leverage Edwards-Helaire’s skill set as a receiver to exploit the defense time and time again. Vertical concepts The Saints have been known to vary their three or four vertical concepts over the years, but the foundations were on display in Baton Rouge last season. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. The Saints create a mismatch on a four vertical concept by motioning tight end Jared Cook. The defense is playing Cover 3, but with the slot receiver able to attract the safety Cook has a free access down the seam. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. LSU runs a fairly straight forward four vertical concept on this touchdown throw by Joe Burrow to Justin Jefferson. I expect Brady to add wrinkles like Sean Payton, but the foundation is there. The use of a “switch release” is used to assist the wide receiver to gain leverage on the sideline. Your browser does not support HTML5 video. The Saints have used this consistently over the years with the likes of Marques Colston, but now Michael Thomas too. This switch verts concept to Chase is something I've seen the Saints do with Thomas. Creates a natural rub and allows the WR to gain leverage on the sideline pic.twitter.com/g9ypVDaZun— Billy M (@BillyM_91) January 15, 2020 Brady did the same thing to create space for his ultra talented wide receivers at LSU too. It creates a natural rub, but also leverage for the receiver. Glance route RPO Before joining the Saints, Joe Brady was a grad assistant at Penn State under Joe Moorhead. It was in Happy Valley where Brady became immersed with Moorhead’s RPO offense. The glance route is a common route tagged in an RPO. The offense is attempting to replace the conflict defender by running a 5-step vertical slant to replace the safety rolling and filling. It doesn’t stop there though. LSU’s offense used this concept to set up their run game too. The linebacker is hesitant to fill the gap due to the threat of the glance route, which then creates a huge crease for the Edwards-Helaire. In addition, the safety doesn’t roll down. Burrow reads the two high look pre-snap, but then reads the linebacker after the snap. Edwards-Helaire finishes it with a touchdown. An adjustment that Brady will have to implement is decrease the amount of empty formations (zero running backs in backfield). The Panthers do not have the offensive line personnel to hold up in these formations at this level. My guess is he will work closely with the new offensive line coach to scheme up protections to hold up as best they could, but there’s going to be a transition. There will be other concepts and packages that Brady will install, but these were a few of the base concepts that will be on display in Charlotte next season.

  • The Scratching Post: 1/27/20
    by Bradley Smith on January 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports Here’s today’s collection of Panthers links for you to discuss. Greetings, internet users. Welcome to The Scratching Post. Here’s some reading material from outside CSR for you to consume. How Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton can help each other out | Scott Fowler, Charlotte ObserverFormer Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross says Cam Newton’s current situation with Carolina reminds him of the one Steve Smith faced in 2014. Gross talks about Newton, Luke Kuechly and more in an exclusive Q&A. Carolina Panthers: Marty Hurney owns stellar top-10 draft record | Brandon Scott, Cat CravePrior to the arrival of Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, general manager Marty Hurney was re-instated following a four year hiatus when he was replaced by Dave Gettleman. The NFL initials are somewhat jokingly referred to as N-ot F-or L-ong but there is much truth to this statement. Julius Peppers selected to North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame | Zach Goins, Panthers.comPeppers attended high school in North Carolina and played collegiately and professionally in the state, making him an obvious choice for the honor. Feel free to discuss the links above, or use this thread to chat about (almost) anything you want: video games, food, movies, non-football sports, you name it. As long as it’s allowed by the site’s ToS, it’s fair game here. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!

  • 2020 Pro Bowl: How to watch and open thread
    by Bradley Smith on January 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images The 2020 Pro Bowl takes place today in Orlando, Fla. at 3 p.m. ET. The 2020 Pro Bowl takes place today at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. at 3 p.m. ET. You can find the rosters for both the AFC and NFC teams here. Here’s all the info you need for today’s game: What: 2020 Pro BowlWho: AFC vs. NFCWhen: Sunday, Jan. 26; 3 p.m. ETWhere: Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)TV: ESPN, ABCStream: fubo.tv Are you watching the Pro Bowl? If so, let’s talk about it. Use this space to talk about the action as it unfolds. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!

  • 2020 Senior Bowl: How to watch and open thread
    by Bradley Smith on January 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    The 2020 Senior Bowl takes place today in Mobile, Ala. at 2:30 p.m. ET. The 2020 Senior Bowl takes place today at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. at 2:30 p.m. ET. You can find the rosters for both the North and South teams here. Here’s all the info you need for today’s game: What: 2020 Senior BowlWho: North vs. SouthWhen: Saturday, Jan. 25; 2:30 p.m. ETWhere: Ladd-Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Ala.)TV: NFL NetworkStream: fubo.tv Which players are you paying attention to today? Who do you think will improve their draft status with a good performance? Let’s talk about it. Use this space to talk about the action as it unfolds. You know the drill. This is now an open thread!

  • Panthers coaching staff tracker
    by Bradley Smith on January 25, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports Keep up to date with all the news and rumors of the Panthers’ new coaching staff. The Carolina Panthers are starting the 2020s with a new coaching staff and a new philosophy on building a winning team after Ron Rivera was dismissed mid-season and replaced with former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule. Rhule hasn’t hired any assistants yet, but there are rumors swirling around about several assistant coaches he is considering for spots on the Panthers’ staff. This tracker will assist you by funneling all the news and rumors in one place. But first, a brief history lesson. In case you missed it... The Panthers parted ways with Ron Rivera after their Week 13 loss to Washington and named Perry Fewell the interim coach for the remainder of the 2019 season. David Tepper stated that he would begin the search for a new head coach immediately. The Panthers finished the regular season with a disappointing 5-11 record and an 8-game losing streak, similar to how their 2018 campaign ended when they lost 7 of their final 8 games en route to a 7-9 finish. Several coaching candidates were scheduled to interview for the job. Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and interim head coach Perry Fewell were all interviewed for the job. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was scheduled for an interview as well, but the Panthers never made it that far down their list after meeting Rhule at his house in Waco, Texas for an interview on Monday, January 6. Rhule accepted a 7-year, $70 million (including incentives) contract to become the fifth full-time coach in Panthers history the next day. On Wednesday, the Panthers introduced Rhule to the media (and fans) with a press conference. That’s where we are today. Rhule hasn’t hired any assistants yet, but he said during his press conference that he wants to hire a ‘diverse, mixed staff’ of assistant coaches who are ‘great teachers’. There is plenty of speculation that Rhule will bring current Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow to Charlotte with him. It’s a pretty good guess, because Snow has been Rhule’s defensive coordinator at both Temple and Baylor. The two are well-versed in working together, so there’s a good chance we’ll see Snow in the Carolinas, even if it’s not the cold, white, icy stuff that most people want when they ask for snow. Ed. Note - Get used to the puns now, because I’m not going to stop. And now, 400 words later, the reason you clicked on this article. Here’s a tracker to keep up with all the news and rumors surrounding the new coaching staff for the Panthers. Panthers coaching staff tracker Jan. 24, 2020: Rhule is expected to hire Pat Meyer as offensive line coach and Jason Simmons as secondary coach. Source: Field Yates, Twitter Jan. 20, 2020: Rhule is expected to hire Frank Okam as an assistant defensive line coach. Okam worked with Rhule at Baylor. Source: David Smoak, Twitter Jan. 17, 2020: Rhule is expected to hire Phil Snow as defensive coordinator, Frisman Jackson as wide receivers coach and Evan Cooper as cornerbacks coach. Source: David Smoak, Twitter Jan. 16, 2020: Rhule has interviewed Ben McAdoo and is expected to interview Mike McCoy for the quarterbacks coach position, and could also hire a passing game coordinator. Source: Joe Person, Twitter Jan. 16, 2020: Rhule is expected to hire Al Holcomb as the team’s defensive run game coordinator. Source: Adam Schefter, Twitter Jan. 16, 2020: The Panthers have announced Joe Brady as the team’s offensive coordinator. Source: Carolina Panthers, Twitter Jan 14, 2020: Rhule is expected to hire Joe Brady as his offensive coordinator. Jan 13, 2020: Rhule is expected to hire Mike Phair as defensive line coach. Source: Stephen Holder, Twitter Jan 13, 2020: Rhule is expected to retain Chase Blackburn as special teams coordinator. Source: Joe Person, Twitter Jan 11, 2020: Rhule is expected to hire Kevin Gilbride as tight ends coach and Pat Flaherty as offensive line coach. Source: Alex Marvez, Twitter Jan. 11, 2020: Rhule has interviewed Chase Blackburn for the special teams coordinator position, which he held for the last two years under Ron Rivera. Source: Alex Marvez, Twitter Jan. 10, 2020: Rhule is rumored to want LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady as his offensive coordinator in Carolina. Source: Scott Roussel, Football Scoop Jan. 9, 2020: Rhule is expected to bring Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Snow and linebackers coach Mike Siravo to the Panthers. They would have the same roles in Carolina as they did at Baylor. Source: Joe Person, Twitter Jan. 8, 2020: The Panthers host an introductory press conference for new head coach Matt Rhule at the practice bubble at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Jan. 7, 2020: The Panthers have hired former Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule as the fifth full-time head coach in franchise history. Dec. 3, 2019: The Panthers have parted ways with Ron Rivera.

 


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