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• How will the running backs likely get there?
With the struggles of the offensive line, production from the running backs may depend on the savvy-ness of the offensive play calls. The best way to deal with run blitzing is to catch the defense with screens, but the Panthers have done a poor job of executing on screen plays.
However, screens should still be a focus in practice, in addition to plays similar to screens—the check-downs, the quick timing routes, et cetera, in the plan outlined for Jimmy Clausen in this article, apply again here.
Some gadget plays also have the chance of opening up the rushing game—having Mike Goodson take the ball to the outside and then throwing it back across the field to Clausen (or another QB), who could then throw it deep. This might be worth considering, or faking that play so Goodson can continue running.
Another idea may be to modify the hook and ladder play—have the running back split out towards the sideline, and hit the tight end with a pass on a hitch route, timing it so that the tight end can then flip it to the running back with a head of steam.
This play could be run after throwing the ball deep to stretch the defense, as the safeties and linebackers may give more of a cushion in coverage. It is imperative that the passing game and the rushing game work in cohesion with each other to spread the defense out and confuse the defense. Running should not take away from passing, and passing should not take away from running—the two elements should instead be a complement to one another.