Needless to say, I don’t think the Carolina Panthers expected to have the kind of problems they experienced in 2010, when they won just two games and were held to 14 points or less eleven times. They thought they were headed in the right direction as they let the error-prone Jake Delhomme go, and they were encouraged by some of the results they had gotten from Matt Moore, but Moore got injured, and the team was left to play most of the year with rookie Jimmy Clausen at quarterback, though he was not really ready for the NFL. Clausen finished with only three TD passes in 299 attempts, and the immediate future of the team was very much in question.

They hope they have started to address it with a new coach, Ron Rivera, who was the defensive coordinator with both the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers, and who got high marks for having the league’s top defense, statistically speaking, in 2010. There is no question that Rivera has to คู่บอลสเต็ป ufabet figure out a way to open up the offense more, and that might involve addressing the quarterback situation. Steve Smith, the team’s best wide receiver, was not thrilled with Clausen, and now Rivera has brought in Mike Shula as quarterback coach to work with him. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a personnel move. Since Andrew Luck is off the table, however, I don’t know if that move is going to come through the draft. Essentially, though, we’re probably still looking at a team that is going to run first (and why not, with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart) and play defense. In that way, it’s not a lot different than John Fox’s philosophy.

Rivera is already being commended for his hiring of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. These are guys Rivera has worked with before, and it always helps to have prior relationships with coordinators you can trust. Chudzinski presided over Cleveland’s offense back in the days when it was actually scoring some points, and it is said that Miami wanted him to direct its offense before he took the job with Rivera.

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