Carolina Panthers

How the Panthers have built one of the NFL's top offenses

November 7 at 1:15 PMWhen Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula was let go last offseason, it appeared to be based around one reason: the development of franchise quarterback Cam Newton.

The result: Carolina’s offense has been one of the league’s best this season, averaging five points more per game than a year ago, and Newton is on pace for the highest passer rating of his career.

The growth has been all the more surprising given that the Panthers lost both of their starting offensive tackles along with star guard Andrew Norwell in the offseason, and have played without tight end Greg Olsen for the majority of the season.

But Newton is thriving under a revamped Turner offense that takes pressure off the quarterback and has helped guide the team to a 6-2 start entering Thursday night’s game at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That was the third-highest figure in the NFL that season and absolutely blew away the likes of Drew Brees (51.9 percent), Tom Brady (50.6), and Aaron Rodgers (48.6).

Any type of option play, especially when run with a mobile quarterback like Newton, are based on the sound football principle of numbers advantages.

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