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This Carolina Panthers team feels a bit different from what we’ve gotten used to the past few seasons. Given the turnover in the coaching staff this past offseason Greg Van Roten Color Rush Jersey , seeing a different character from the offense is to be expected. Norv Turner runs a very similar offense to what Mike Shula ran, but he’s a different playcaller who brings his own preferences and tendencies. Let’s check in on how the offense looked to start the season. An important note here: all of the statistics I mention below account for the first six weeks of the season only. They do not include the Baltimore game unless specifically stated.The bipolar expressIn short, they either look good or bad, rarely average. They are very good at staying ‘on schedule’; between their own 10 and the opponent’s 30, the Panthers have an almost 50% success rate, and almost 80% of their first downs came on first or second down through six games, marks good enough for 11th and third in the league, respectively. However, when they did get to third and seven or more (which accounts for 55% of their third downs), they converted an abhorrent nine percent of the time, worst in the league. They were sixth in the league in marginal efficiency, and 23rd in marginal explosiveness. I’m throwing out statistical jargon without doing much to explain it, but the numbers paint a familiar picture for those who watched those six games; a team that is maddeningly inconsistent, lurching between listless and brilliant.A selection of advanced metrics from Bill Connelly’s nfl analytics app. These numbers only take the first 6 games into account.https://www.sbnation.com/a/nfl-stats-data-analytics-2018Some Panthers fans feel like one of the biggest contributors to the team’s dual personality is an unwillingness to really attack a defense until the game is nearly out of reach. We’ve seen the past few weeks (seasons?) how effective the offense can be when it plays with urgency, and we’ve seen how getting conservative while trying to protect a lead can just let the other team back into the game. On first downs in the first half, Carolina ran the ball 54% of the time through six games, with a 62% success rate, both among the highest rates in the league. In the second half, the run/pass split was highly dependent on the score. With a lead on first down in the second half, the run/pass ratio was 70/30, with a 45% success rate on runs, 31% on passes. When tied or trailing the run/pass ratio totally reversed, going to 21/79, with 83% success rate on runs https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com , 52% on passes. The same split held on second and 10 or less. With a lead in the second half, the offense went 52/48 run/pass, with success rates of 42% and 64%. Tied or trailing, they went 18/82 run/pass with success rates of 83% and 70%. Our eyes have not been deceived; the offense calls plays differently (and plays better) from behind.Every team shows some kind of tendency split like this in the second half, but through six games, Carolina’s was more extreme than most. On average, NFL teams pass 52% of the time on 1st down in the first half. In the second half, teams go 33% pass on 1st down with the lead, 65% when tied or trailing. The Panthers were more run-heavy than average when ahead, and more pass-heavy when behind.Cam NewtonGoing that pass-heavy puts the onus on the quarterback to play well, and Cam Newton has shouldered the load when called upon to put the the team on his back. Cam completed 66% of his passes through six games, which would be his career best for a season, and he also outpaced his expected completion percentage (either 65% or 63% depending on what the statisticians are accounting for) for the first time in his career. Completion percentage is the one stat to rule them all, and Cam Newton is finally elite.Throughout Cam’s career, we’ve been told that he’s an excellent downfield passer, but his production through six games looks more like that of a quarterback who excels in the intermediate window between 10 and 15 yards downfield. He’s rarely throwing the ball more than 20 yards downfield, and most of those passes are not being completed.The chart shows Cam Newton’s PACR and target frequency broken down by target depth (through 7 weeks). PACR stands for Passer Air Conversion Ratio. The formula is (Passing Yards/Air Yards). Performing above league average in this metric means that for every yard a pass travels in the air (regardless of completion), the offense gains more yardage than average.airyards.comThe focus on short and intermediate routes is likely by design, which, coupled with using backs and tight ends more frequently to help with pass protection have allowed the coaching staff to make things easier on a battered offensive line. Newton isn’t getting rid of the ball any faster than he was last season (he’s actually holding it slightly longer - 2.74 vs 2.72 seconds), but the approach is helping to keep him upright, as he was pressured on just 23% of his dropbacks through six games, and only 5.8% of his passes over that period came while being hit, down from 7% in 2017 and over 10% in 2016. Of course Carolina Panthers Customized Jerseys , it also helps that the offense faced blitzes only 18% of the time, the 4th lowest rate in the league.Passer rating broken down by target location and depth.nextgenstats.nfl.comImproving the wide receiver corps also probably contributes to better accuracy through the air. Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright, DJ Moore, and a healthy Curtis Samuel have been able to more consistently separate from defensive backs this season than Kelvin Benjamin and whoever else was healthy in the past. Cam has been throwing into fewer tight windows (defined as throws where there is a defender within a yard of the receiver when the ball arrives, down from 20.5% to 17.7% through six games). Having more confidence in receivers to get open can also allow the team to contribute more players to pass protection.Where there is absolutely room for improvement in the passing game is on third and long. A nine percent conversion rate is unquestionably atrocious, but probably looks worse for Newton on paper than on tape. There may be some predictable playcalling/routes, but Cam’s passing numbers on third and eight or longer (4/16 with just one first down and two interceptions) are so out of step with his performance on other down and distance situations that I expect some regression to the mean (read: improvement) as the season progresses.The run gameCoaches like to say that a good running game opens up the pass, and would likely argue that success in the running game runs hand in hand with success in the passing game. Regardless of where the causality arrow points, the Carolina offense has generally been very successful running the ball (6.3 yards per carry on first down, best in the league through six games). Having an athlete like Cam Newton at quarterback helps a team’s run game, but another important factor is deciding when to run the ball.Last season, Jonathan Stewart averaged 3.4 yards per carry, running into a heavy box on an unbelievable 51% of his carries. It rarely felt like he got a handoff without someone already in the backfield. Through six games this season, Christian McCaffrey averaged 4.8 yards per carry, running into a stacked box (containing eight or more defenders) just 18% of the time, compared to 3.7 and 21% last season. He’s looking like a premier threat with the ball in his hands, but a lot of his success is due to excellent blocking. The O-line allowed 3.5 yards per carry before contact through six games. That’s unbelievable considering the number of injuries they’ve suffered. The starting LT was signed off the street in week 2!The prognosisThere’s a lot more that can be said to describe this team’s offense, but suffice it to say that statistically, the offense is an efficient unit capable of grinding out first downs. The running game is strong and Cam Newton is having an excellent season throwing the ball; that combination should give defensive coordinators sleepless nights. Unfortunately, we don’t always see the most potent version of the offense until the coaches are forced to bring it out. The Panthers have finally put together an offense that’s brimming with players who excel with the ball in their hands and paired it with a scheme that caters to the unique talents of their franchise quarterback. As long as the O-line can continue to play at a high level, the only thing that’s really missing from the offense is explosive plays in the passing game. As the coaches figure out how to get Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore more involved, we can hope for more big plays after the catch; how long has it been since that was an honest thought in Carolina?The Ravens showed what the offense is capable of when they come out hungry and what can happen when they stay hungry for 60 minutes. Baltimore’s excellent defense had a hard time dealing with everything the Carolina offense brought to the table, but I’m skeptical whether that means this Panthers team has turned a corner. Carolina’s offense had a great game this weekend Carolina Panthers T-Shirts , but projecting the same dominance going forward would be to ignore the flaws that held the team back at times in the first six games. Every offense will struggle at times. Special offenses always feel dangerous, even when they’re not having success. This Panthers offense has the potential to be one of those special units, but they have to keep improving in order to get there. J.J. Watt, Greg Olsen and Benjamin Watson are finalists for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The recipient of the award that recognizes a player’s contribution in his community and to society in general will be revealed on Feb. 3 at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press announces its individual NFL awards. Houston defensive end Watt, in his seventh NFL season and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, had the goal of raising $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston. His fundraising did a whole lot more, bringing in an incredible $37 million in 19 days. Watt has dedicated himself to finding organizations that will apply the funds in a way he has promised both donors and victims of the storm. ”For me, this nomination is about so much more than one man,” Watt tells The Associated Press. ”It’s about the hundreds of thousands of people who helped donate to those who went through an extremely difficult time and rose above it all. ”I also know this is about honoring the city and its people.” Watt says he noticed something special evolving from his involvement in the fundraising efforts. ”I learned how much good there is in the world, how humanity steps up to the plate when they see fellow humans going through difficult times,” he says. ”From my high school and from kids with their lemonade stands … to seeing people putting aside any differences and rivalries and helping out … and how they wanted to donate to be good people and help their fellow humans. It shows how much good light there is in the world.” Carolina tight end Olsen, who just finished his 11th pro season, has put together two initiatives, one to fight breast cancer, the other to help youngsters with a congenital heart defect. Olsen’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, and in 2009 he founded Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation. The Foundation’s ”Receiving Hope” focuses on cancer research and education programming. In early 2013, Greg and his wife Kara founded the HEARTest Yard Fund after a routine examination of their unborn son, T.J., revealed the infant had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). It’s a family service program administered in conjunction with Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. ”We meet with the hospital staff and the nurses and doctors and go into these homes,” Olsen explains. ”Just to see and hear the families and have them relay the stories about this program and … what the lives of these families would be like without our program. To hear how it is helping their family life and family dynamic is something far beyond what we imagined. ”It’s been fun watching it grow and have such an impact.” Baltimore tight end Watson, a 14-year pro, assists countless people through his charitable arm https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/hats , the One More Foundation. Most recently, One More partnered with the International Justice Mission (IJM), the world’s largest international anti-slavery organization working to combat human trafficking, modern day slavery and other forms of violence against the poor. Benjamin and his wife, Kirsten, joined the global fight to end the scourge of sex trafficking. ”There are 2 million children worldwide involved in sex traffic and exploitation,” he says. ”This slavery issue is really a big deal that kind of goes on unnoticed and unheralded. ”People want to help, a lot of times people don’t know how. The problems of the world seem so overwhelming that they do not know where to start. We provide people the opportunity to do something for someone. ”Whenever you help somebody, they end up helping you and you learn as much from them as they do from you.” Olsen broke into the NFL with the Bears. So the Payton legacy is more than a familiar one for him. ”Playing in Chicago for four years, I saw firsthand what the Payton family has meant to the city and the community,” he says. ”I was a teammate with Walter’s son, Jarrett, at the University of Miami for a year, kept in contact with him. It’s interesting how many parallels there are. They have a great foundation that does a lot of great work.” The three finalists emphasize that hundreds of their peers are doing similar work, selflessly and without fanfare. ”A lot of guys are doing those things, more than what people know,” Watson notes. ”One thing I always wanted to do is take advantage of the opportunities as long as I play and after I play. ”We obviously have some influence. Yes, as NFL players … we have the ability to be more visible. Everybody has a sphere of influence they can affect positively, whether it is 10 people or 10,000 people. I want to use it to help people and advocate for people whenever I can, to be someone who stands for what is just and kind and right.” —