Panther Paw Prints - Giant Blow Out Part 2

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I started with the defense earlier in my Paw Prints part 1. Now I have the offense and anything related to coaching from the Panthers 38-0 plastering of the Giants.

The offense finally mixed in the read option early and results were more than positive:

5 reasons the Panthers defeated the Giants 38-0 - Beaumont Enterprise
4. RETURN OF THE READ OPTION: The Panthers hadn't used the read option much in the first two games, but you'd better believe they'll be using it more going forward. Newton ran four times for 40 yards in Carolina's first touchdown drive and running back Williams also had a few first down jaunts after taking the pitch or handoff from Newton. Newton said the plan was in part to neutralize the aggressive pass rush of Jason Pierre-Paul.

The Panthers ability to run the ball early helped open up the passing game later. I'm hoping the Panthers continue to use the read option early in every game going forward.

Unlike last week, the Panthers appear to have come out the Giants games without any serious injuries. Of course seeing Steve Smith on the ground was enough fro one week as it was:

Panthers | Steve Smith fine after leaving game - NFL Hot off the Wire
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (hip) left the Week 3 game against the Chicago Bears Giants briefly due to a hip injury. He came down hard on his hip on a catch attempt, but was able to return. He finished with 40 yards on three receptions, and he was targeted seven times.

It seemed bad at first but then Smitty walked it off and returned later. Now whether you should start him in fantasy after the bye week is a whole different story.

One guy who remains a good flex play is this Panther:

Fantasy Football Breaking News -
Williams is just a back who gets what's blocked at this stage, but the volume was there and has been there in each of Carolina's first three games. He's a weekly flex play. Williams was vultured at the goal line for two touchdowns against the Giants, the first by Mike Tolbert from two yards out and the second by Cam Newton from three yards away. The Panthers have a Week 4 bye. Williams will be a solid fantasy start in Week 5 at Arizona.

Moving on the coaching, here are the weekly grades with Rivera's highlighted:

Panthers-Giants grades - NFL - Gaston Gazette
COACHING: With rumors and speculation swirling about his future and perhaps the team’s, head coach Ron Rivera and his staff came out with an aggressive game plan that paid dividends early and often. They even went for it on fourth-down for the opening touchdown. They were so aggressive Panthers fans probably wondered why this isn’t the Panthers’ normal mode of operation. Grade: A-

Let's hope it is our normal mode of operation from this point forward.

Rivera coach-speak:

Panthers coach Ron Rivera finds support before and after 38-0 victory |
"You look at our guys and some of the things they do and the fact that they really want to win," Rivera says. "And to win games like this, it’s because they deserve that opportunity. These guys have gone through a lot in the last three seasons, and I think to win a game like this, especially a team coached by Tom Coughlin, says something about who they are. And these guys have persevered, and hopefully this is the catalyst for us to get rolling."

If I understand what he is saying, it's this: 'Players create their own opportunities, these players therefore deserved the results they got because they have been playing real hard.' If so then I agree...and the coaching, for this week anyway, put them in a position to win rather than a position to not lose.

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