Earlier this week, former NFL quarterback Dan Orlowski pointed to a tell That he was seen in the crime game film of the Panthers. Primarily, Panthers coach Matt Roulette disagrees.
“I saw that,” Roulette said Friday via Panthers.com’s Darin Gantt. “I’ve been there long enough. I’ve seen enough coaches go out there and say, ‘Every time they do this, they’re gonna do this.’ Wrong again. I disagree with that.”
This is a very real dynamic. For years, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had explicitly pointed out in the construction of the shotgun, which had different foot placements depending on the run or pass. (A league source recently told PFT that the Steelers were aware of it, that it drove them internally insane, and that Roethlisberger never stopped doing it.)
In the case of Carolina, Orlovsky claimed that when a run or an RPO is coming, Christian McCaffrey is running the lines behind and quarterback Baker is running towards Mayfield, and McCaffrey lines up next to Mayfield when the play is called. called pass. Orlowski called it “coaching misconduct.”
Roulette rejected that theory.
“If you’re saying they knew we were running or passing” [against the Giants]I’d say, ‘How did we run for 146 yards and 6.3 yards per carry?'”
This is a lame explanation. The Giants only had a Brown game to use as a basis for studying any potential in the team’s new offense under Ben McAdoo. Maybe the giants didn’t notice it. Or maybe the Panthers are still good enough to achieve 6.3 yards per carry when they run the ball, even with a tell.
The real football coach, the defensive coach in me, spends a lot of time on defense, looking at other people’s back sets,” Roulette said. “Having said that if you know whether it’s a run or a pass or not, every game in the National Football League is a run or a pass. We can say that it’s 70 percent of a run in this formation. Still 30 percent pass.”
Okay, but Orlovsky found one drawback, which, according to him, is 100 percent accuracy when running or passing.
The real question is whether the Panthers would do this against the Saints. At a minimum, McCaffrey must stand in the exact same spot on every play, run, or pass. The next level strategy would be to start off doing what they did against the Giants, and then change it after the Saints take the bait at a crucial moment, like Rocky going back to the southeast.
Without studying every shotgun snap for the Panthers through two full games to see if Orlowski’s theory holds up (what do you think it’s my job or something?), it’s all about roulette as rubbish. Brushing is bullshit. What Orlowski claims is exactly the kind of thing the team tries to crack the code through studying the film. The sages, if they did not know about it in advance, would study the plays and come to the conclusion whether Orlovsky’s finding is supported by the available visual evidence.