Last night, the New Orleans Saints came out of the tunnel and started bombing deep to their receivers. And it worked! They scored an easy touchdown on their first drive. At first, it was a little shocking that they didn't run the ball much at all. The Viking defense was stunned. But it made sense that they played to their strength, in letting Drew Brees do what he does best: spreading the football around and dissecting defenses. Later on, the Saints would implement the run into their playcalling. It was obvious then, that the Saints' game plan was to come out and attack first, then set up the run based on the air attack.
So, I am curious, if you were the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, what would you do? What would be your game plan, and what would your first few drives look like? Do you come out of the tunnel, and start pounding up the middle as expected? Do you start out with some play-action to fool the defense? Do you give the keys immediately to Matt Moore and get Smitty roaming around the defensive backfield? Screen Play? Flea Flicker? WR Screen? Verticals? How do you attack this New York Giants defense?
So put on the headset and grab that playbook and imagine that you are this guy:
Or this guy:
What would you do??