Matt Rolle disagrees with Dan Orlovsky’s claim that the Panthers offense has a play/pass advantage

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Earlier this week, former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky He pointed to the tel Which he saw in the movie The Game of the Panthers Crime. As expected, Panthers coach Matt Rolle disagrees.

“I’ve seen it,” Roll said Friday via Darren Gantt of Panthers.com. “I’ve had it long enough. I’ve seen enough coaches come out and say, ‘Every time they do that, they’ll do it.’ Then it’s a mistake. I don’t agree with it.”

It’s a very real dynamic. For years, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a clear knowledge of gun formation, with different foot positions based on running or passing. (A league source recently told PFT that the Steelers knew about this, that it drove them crazy internally, and that Roethlisberger never stopped doing it.)

In Carolina’s case, Orlovsky claimed that Christian McCaffrey is back and alongside quarterback Baker Mayfield when the run or RPO comes along, and that McCaffrey lines up next to Mayfield when the play is a pass. Orlovsky called it “malpractice in training.”

Rhule rejected this theory.

“If you say they know if we’re 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 weak explanation. The Giants only had the Browns to use as a basis for studying any potential narratives in the team’s new offensive under Ben McAdoo. The giants might not have noticed. Or maybe the Panthers are good enough to still gain 6.3 yards per carry when running the ball, even with a foul.

The real football coach, the defensive coach in me, added Rolle, who spends a lot of time defending, keeping an eye on other people’s groups. “Saying whether you know it’s a run or a pass or not, every NFL game is a run or a pass. We might say that’s 70 percent in this lineup. It’s still 30 percent passing.”

Well, but Orlovsky found a flaw, according to him, he has 100 percent accuracy when it comes to running or passing.

The real question is whether the Panthers will do this against the saints. At a minimum, McCaffrey must stand in the exact same spot in every game, run, or pass. The next level strategy would be to start doing what they did against the Titans, then switch it up once the Saints take the bait at an important moment, like Rocky’s return to the South.

Without studying every single Cheetah rifle shot through two full games to see if Orlovsky’s theory is correct (what do you think about this, my job or something?), it doesn’t make sense for Rhule to dismiss it as nonsense. What Orlovsky claims to have found is exactly the kind of thing teams are looking for when trying to decipher through studying the film. If the saints didn’t already know about it, they would have studied the plays and come to a conclusion about whether Orlovsky’s discovery was supported by the available visual evidence.

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