- ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky criticized Panthers coach Matt Rhule for “bad training practice”.
- Watching Carolina play Sunday, Orlovsky identified a hint, based on where the Panthers placed running back Christian McCaffrey before the snap.
- Orlovsky was surprised that such an oversight could occur on an NFL coaching staff.
Dan Orlovsky isn’t mad at the Carolina Panthers, he’s just disappointed.
Okay, actually Orlovsky is really mad at them too.
Sharing a bit of film on ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Thursday, the former quarterback-turned-commentator accused Matt Rhule and his Panthers team of “bad training practice” after he quickly spotted a tell in Carolina’s offense. .
“This is my favorite tape of the year so far,” Orlovsky said. “Straight up, this is unacceptable. Honestly, it’s bad training practice. And any Panthers fan from home, you literally need to send this to the Panthers organization.”
On the tape, Orlovsky explains that the Panthers were telegraphing plays on Sunday based on where running back Christian McCaffrey was positioned in the backfield on shotgun fire.
On plays where McCaffrey was lined up behind quarterback Baker Mayfield, the play was either a clear run or an RPO (run pass option). On plays where McCaffrey was lined up with Mayfield, it was a passing play.
“These are not handpicked clips,” Orlovsky emphasized, as he showed the same scenario in the Panthers’ backfield over and over again.
“Right now, the Carolina Panthers are making the move – run or pass – to the defenses,” Orlovsky said.
—Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) September 22, 2022
On Friday, Rhule responded to Orlovsky’s criticism after being asked about it after practice.
“Yeah, I saw the Dan thing,” Rhule said. “I’ve been here long enough. I’ve seen a lot of coaches get there and say, ‘Every time they do it, they’ll do it.’ And then it’s wrong, I disagree with that.
“For us, when we put Christian in depth, we’re kind of entering a racing set. side run. Our biggest passing play was from that backfield set, where we played the action out of it. So if you tell me we line up in a formation and run it, pitch and play the action from there, it’s pretty balanced.”
In fact, several people who followed the drama posted videos of plays where McCaffrey was aligned with Mayfield, but the Panthers were still passing the buck.
—John Ellis (@1PantherPlace) September 22, 2022
—Ellis L. Williams (@BookofEllis) September 22, 2022
While I still have to go back and score every move in this game, chances are Rhule and Orlovsky have a point.
Yes, the Panthers made some plays that went against their tendency to pass when McCaffrey was hip-to-hip and run when he was lined up behind Mayfield. Still, Orlovsky noticed a trend, and an NFL team doesn’t have to follow a trend 100% of the time for the defense to gain an advantage based on a trend.
With Carolina winless and hosting the Saints this week, there will be a good opportunity to recheck the Panthers offense next week. Perhaps Orlovsky’s tendency is true, and the Saints know what’s to come, but it’s also possible that Rhule will risk a long blow and change things completely.
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