Fast forward to 2011, when a lockout-shortened offseason hindered the installation of an offense. Chudzinski, back in the coordinator saddle again following a two-year stint as tight ends coach in San Diego, took a raw rookie quarterback and rewrote the NFL’s record books with an offense predicated on a two-TE downhill running attack featuring the top backfield tandem in the league. The majority of the time, Cam Newton operated from under center with only a few designated shotgun snaps coming primarily near the goal line. Pass reads were kept very simple, set up by play-action, where the quarterback needed to read only half the field, high to low, and Newton was very effective rolling outside the pocket. Chudzinski transformed one of the worst NFL offenses into a top-10 unit, and Newton earned Rookie of the Year honors.
Instead of sticking with what worked, the Panthers moved to operating heavily out of the shotgun and incorporating a read, dive-option offense that has proven not to work at the NFL level
nstead of lining up with a powerfully built offensive line and hitting defenses in the mouth the way GM Marty Hurney built the team and owner Jerry Richardson prefers his brand of football, the Panthers have gone to a finesse style, in which the line is often set in a two-point stance when running the ball. Newton, who is taking more hits than ever, is being asked to run a college running attack coupled with a pro passing game that no NFL quarterback is capable of mastering, even if their last name is Manning.
Not only has the quarterback woefully underperformed given the unrealistic, foolish expectations being asked of him, the running game largely has been underutilized
Great coaches find ways to tailor their schemes to the strengths of their talent, creating plays that maximize what they do best. For the Panthers to find success the second half of the season and Superman to find his lost cape, they need to simplify their approach and go back to what worked a year ago.