You'd have to ask Fox why they had so many fewer run attempts. I think it has to do with the fact he trusted Orton to win with his arm, and when Orton couldn't win with his arm, he turned to The Golden Calf of Bristol... who could keep drives alive with his legs if not his arm. It's pretty clear if you look at the run/pass selection breakdown how much they are avoiding having The Golden Calf of Bristol throw that much now.
Back to the Panthers...
They drafted a QB because QB is the most important position on the field and we needed a QB. They also didn't forsee that our top FA acquisition on defense and two of our 3 starting linebackers would go down with an injury.
We are not using our run game as much according to our coaching staff because they believe the best way to develop a QB is by forcing them to throw a ton of times early in their career, basically.
Smith is very often NOT wide open, the balls are typically thrown in a place only Smitty can make the play on them. Cam is being helped by our offense, but if you think our wide receivers could carry any team, go look at how we did last year, and that was WITH arguably our best deep threat uninjured. Even the most ardent Cam "haters" on this board will concede that he has looked much much better as QB than they expected.
So let me get this right. You understand that part...by your own admission that the QB is the most important position.
But you don't understand why when the most important position looks like this:
-22nd in the league in interceptions
-22nd in the league in QB rating
-20th in the league in passing percentage
-23rd in the league in sacks
-45% red-zone TD scoring percentage
-has a 68.0 QB rating( a failing fuging grade) in game winning or comeback winning drives in those exact situations
-we have had to win 6 of our 7 games in that fashion
-he's succeeded in 1 out of 14 of those attempts(7%)
-on top of that throws for a lot of yards and gets a lot less points than he should which results in the 25th most inefficient offense in the leaguewe lose ?
That's an overall failing fuging grade at QB in the NFL and the only good thing he's ranked in is yards. You will lose as a team when your QB looks like that and you are a passing team who passes the ball more than it runs. And yes it's not a surprising thing that the only freaking thing he's ranked high in is also the statistic where we happen to have an elite player affecting it: yards per catch. Who has done the same poo with any QB throwing him the ball.
And lots of yards, hurts you when you also don't put up the points to match. It doesn't help at all
. It makes you bad offense. Getting a lot of yards without the matching points makes you an inefficient offense. That's why teams like Philadelphia and Dallas don't have great records. They too pass the ball a lot but have inefficient teams or quarterbacks. Their QB's just happen to be a bit better than ours so they are not total losers. But teams with very inefficient offenses are losers. Regardless of their defense. Makes no damn difference. They are losers if their offenses are at the bottom of the league in inefficiency.
They are god damn losing
teams and the reason why we have an inefficient offense is exactly what you just said: we have an inefficient, rookie QB, at the most important position in football which is primarily responsible for making us an inefficient offense. His stats show exactly that. He sucks overall
at the QB position.
But you only look at the "good" stats. There's like 20+ other categories he's failing in that are equally as important if not more important.