I think the addition of Tolbert means more of the same.....shotgun and spread option looks. Tolbert despite the FB billing fits perfectly into letting Cam work his spread option and shotgun looks (pass protector and between the tackles running).
Williams fits a more traditional offense with a QB lined up under center.... and a FB leading the way. Yeah, Tolbert could do that.....but Cam is by far the most important player on the field and the offense is being built around him.....not Williams.
We saw a big step in the game geared offense an away from the one Williams would thrive in.....I see no reason why that won't continue. Tolbert IMO is here to pass protect, recieve....and goaline. Blocking for Williams some just bc Carolina simply is forced to get Williams touches but the shift already started
I agree 100% with your assesment of Tolbert's Role but i think the shift will really be seen after this season. D Will did have some poor pass protect moments last season early on and I think it affected his carries. He improved toward the end of the season and finally got the offense.
I see Tolbert used more as h-back weapon in 2011 that will line up in non traditional spots on motion plays..fb screens..TE screens..great pass blocker and blocking on WR and HB screens...so the screen keys can happen on both sides when the ball is hiked (ok maybe not)
I was just saying that Williams rushing attempts should be higher this season compared to last just bc Cam may get less run attempts.
It does not mean that the team is deviating from the offense being based around Newton.
i just do not see how you can still run Cam as much as last season when he may get the richest contract in the NFL in two seasons..he will still run bc that is the major X factor in the offense but I see Chud using the threat of Cam running to bait plays this season as a counter to all the "Film Study" all DC's are doing in the NFC South...thus Williams still retaining his value to the team in 2011.
I can see Dwill's role increasing this season but anticipate a contract restructure, trade or possible release in 2012.
Tolbert and HB 3 to fill dwill's role..with Stew resigned and taking more of a feature role...65-35 (JStew-Tolbert)
Either way its going to be awesome to see this offense.....if only Williams can improve his pass catching on screens!!! Its like Fox coached him out of that ability that was a strength in college and his rookie season.