Gettleman won't be running specific plays but from what I have read he absolutely will be involved in what the team runs and their basic philosophy. He has said in every conversation that he wants to protect the quarterback (you can read that as - beef up the line and keep him in the pocket the vast majority of the time). He is not going to want Newton running like he did this year and last. Rivera is not a big read option guy either and Shula isn't as well. So I don't know why people think that Gettleman won't influence this because he will. The read option guy is gone to Cleveland. But don't get your panties in a wad, maybe Stewart, Williams or both will finally earn their money. And Newton will still run and break big plays, it just won't be on that many designed runs.
Tell me the 10 best offenses based on yards per game and how many use the read option. Yeah that would be Washington. And people forget that they had a 1600 yard rusher and it wasn't RG3. Traditional offenses make up the large majority of successful offenses in the NFL by far.
And the Panthers were one of them, along with top 5-8 in offensive DVOA. Let's not forget.
Nonetheless, that's just the genius of Cam and one of the reasons why Chud used him too much.
I agree, the other offenses have good 1000yd rushers. Not sure if we're ever going to get that with Cam, Tolbert, D'Angelo and Stewart all sharing the ball, till you get rid of either D'Angelo or Stewart. I'm all fine with the offense of 2011, with Cam accumulating 500-700 yds rushing--mainly off pocket breakaways and 3-5 planned runs a game, along with 4200+ yards passing.
PS: You wrote a good piece, response earlier to Teeray.