Over the last month, the Panthers have had just one more offensive touchdown than they’ve had offensive play-callers. (Maybe that explains the changes.)
The third version of Carolina’s offense will launch on Sunday, after head coach Frank Reich—the initial play-caller who handed off play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Thomas Brown three weeks ago—has become the new(ish) play-caller once again. So, will he finally be able to ignite a unit that currently averages the third-fewest yards per game and the fourth-fewest points per game?
Well, that’s a tough task—especially with who’s opposing them. In a scary stroke of sick symmetry, the Cowboys have allowed the third-fewest yards per game and the fourth-fewest points per game.
That daunting defense is led by star linebacker Micah Parsons, who seems to be quite fond of struggling rookie quarterback Bryce Young. But that fondness won’t stop him from adding to his 53 pressures, the second-highest total in the NFL.
Can Reich keep Young and his offense out of harm’s way against one of the most dynamic defenses in the game? For his sake (and for his future), he’ll certainly have to.