You probably still remember the second-quarter run play where Mychal Kendricks (!) and Nate Allen (!!!) both blasted through the line of scrimmage to drop DeAngelo Williams in the backfield for a loss. One thing that jumped out is how similar it looked to a play against the Patriots that really stuck in my craw. Let's compare the set-ups:
Same offensive formations and Cole is going to tighten up a bit more to make the defensive fronts match too. At the handoff, however, things are totally different:
Against the Pats, both Kendricks and Allen are hanging back, not sure of what they're seeing and definitely not sticking their noses in. Against the Panthers, both guys are alrady within two yards of the line of scrimmage in heat-seeking-missile mode. You can see by the line action that it's not quite the same play -- Carolina is pulling a guard to play side while the Patriots' H-back is reversing away from the point of attack. But that doesn't much matter here. The results:
Yeah, big difference.
Oh, what's that? This post is useless without GIFs? So demanding.