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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Last season, a lot of fans thought the Carolina Panthers weren’t using their running backs properly. 

 
On Wednesday, one very influential person weighed in and stressed the importance of the running game. 
 
“For us the running game is key,’’ quarterback Cam Newton said during a break between minicamp practices. “I think last year or the years past, and I don’t want to dwell on that during the interview, but the success for the Carolina Panthers has been getting our running backs involved in the game early and letting those guys do what they do.’’ 
 
Early last season, the Panthers used the read option extensively. After a 2-8 start, they went to a more traditional running game and finished with a 7-9 record. Coach Ron Rivera and others have indicated the Panthers want to utilize the running game in a manner similar to the way they did the second half of last season. 
 
That’s something I believe the Panthers absolutely should do. They have a talented trio in DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. 
 
“I feel like we have unbelievable tandem, especially with the additions that we have in [rookie] Kenjon [Barner] and other guys that’s capable of running the football as well as catching the ball out of the backfield,’’ Newton said. “That’s a field that we have to keep the defense honest with. Everyone knows we have playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, but for us to be successful, I feel and everyone feels on the offensive side of the ball that we have to run the football, that we will run the football.’’

 

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/post/_/id/48462/newton-panthers-need-running-game

I believe this is what Cam meant when he said "Something has to change." in his press conference last season that the media had overblown. 

 

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Amen. It's easy to forget we have two guy's that rushed for 1,000+ yards IN THE SAME SEASON. 

 

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Cam absolutely knows that a good running game is a young QB's best friend.

 

With a true running game and Cam's arm strength, the play action passing game would be NASTY.

 

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No shit Sherlock. That's half our offence that we've barely been using past few years, but latter half of last year was doing work. Tolbert hugely underrated, he's like a bowling ball.

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This just in---

 

 

WATER IS WET

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i was also surprised at how good tolbert turned out to be catching the ball out of the backfield.  he averaged right at 9.9 yards/reception last season.

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Last season, a lot of fans thought the Carolina Panthers weren’t using their running backs properly

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Amen. It's easy to forget we have two guy's that rushed for 1,000+ yards IN THE SAME SEASON.


That's mostly because the panthers didn't go anywhere that season

Yet so many goddamned people still think winning is directly proportionate to how well you run

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That's mostly because the panthers didn't go anywhere that season

Yet so many goddamned people still think winning is directly proportionate to how well you run

That was more attributed to the poor play of Delhomme.

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That was more attributed to the poor play of Delhomme.

 

this just reinforces the fact that you don't have to have an all world rushing attack to win.

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this just reinforces the fact that you don't have to have an all world rushing attack to win.

I don't think anyying that. We need to have a offense and stop putting so much weight on Cam's shoulders.

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It's the nfl in 2013, jtnc, as a QB you don't have much of a choice but carry an offense if you want to win

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If he's looking for improvement hopefully this means seeing less of Hangartner 

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I don't think anyying that. We need to have a offense and stop putting so much weight on Cam's shoulders.

 

if cam is to live up to his potential, he is going to have to carry that weight.

 

all the elite QBs do.

 

the run game should be another weapon for him to use, not something for him to rely on.

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It's the nfl in 2013, jtnc, as a QB you don't have much of a choice but carry an offense if you want to win

Tell that to Matt Schaub,Joe Flacco, or Matt Ryan who have relied on the run to open the offense.

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Cam has been the leading rusher since being drafted by us, and you're telling me that's a good thing?
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I know Barner is just a rookie, but I'm really looking forward to seeing how we use him.
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Tell that to Matt Schaub,Joe Flacco, or Matt Ryan who have relied on the run to open the offense.

 

two of those teams weren't in the top 10 in rushing btw (nor ranked as high as we were)

 

one of them was bottom five

 

since it's pretty obvious you didn't research, I'll let you go on NFL's stats page to find out which one it was yourself

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I want an offensive line...

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i want wins.

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Tits.  And a run game and wins.

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then we had better invest more in the offensive line.

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That's mostly because the panthers didn't go anywhere that season

Yet so many goddamned people still think winning is directly proportionate to how well you run

Did you pay any attention to teams other than the Panthers last season. Hint: the good running teams fared pretty well.

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Did you pay any attention to teams other than the Panthers last season. Hint: the good running teams fared pretty well.

 

the good running teams that had the best offensive lines in football, the QBs who played with very few mistakes, and top of the league defenses?

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