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Panthers coaching staff. A first half onslaught resulted in 35 points for the home team while the defense held the league’s highest grossing offense to just 14. A 21 point halftime lead is typically insurmountable www.panthersfootballauthentic.com , and the by-the-book approach is often to play it safe and try to grind out the final 30 minutes of the game. It’s what we’ve come to expect out of the Panthers, and it typically results in floundered leads and heart wrenching finishes. Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers almost went that route, but it wasn’t by design, as is often the case. The Panthers went three and out on their first two drives of the second half, but neither of those drives were of the run-run-run-punt variety. The Panthers attempted to attack the Buccaneers vulnerable secondary through the air. Unfortunately the offensive line couldn’t hold up and gave up back breaking sacks on both drives. On the Panthers third drive of the second half, they reached Buccaneers territory and were eventually faced with a 4th and inches situation. They attempted a sneak Carolina Panthers T-Shirt , but the play was called back due to a Carolina penalty. Faced with 4th and 5 late in the third quarter, it would have been easy for Ron Rivera to punt and hope that his team could slow down the now surging Buccaneers offense. Instead, he showed the trust he has in this team. He let the offense try to pick up the five yards. They didn’t, but the message was loud and clear. On the other side of the ball, the Buccaneers were able to get into a rhythm and starting churning out yards and reaching pay dirt, but it wasn’t because of ‘prevent defense.’ While there were instances of soft coverage during Sunday’s game Carolina Panthers Hats , for the most part defensive coordinator Eric Washington was willing to let his players make plays. He called blitzes and had his corners playing press coverage at different times throughout the half. That aggressiveness eventually helped get the Panthers defense off the field late in the fourth quarter with the Buccaneers driving. A sudden rush towards the line of scrimmage by the Panthers linebackers made the Buccaneers offensive line flinch before the snap, prompting a false start penalty and pushing the offense back to a 3rd and 12 that they couldn’t convert. After the ensuing change of possession, the Panthers offense took the field with 4:52 remaining and a two touchdown lead. Past trends would suggest that this drive would go run, run, run, punt. Actuality would say that the Panthers would come out in the shotgun and attempt to pick up the first down through the air. A Christian McCaffrey run on first down was followed by a completion to Greg Olsen and a pass attempt to D.J. Moore that fell incomplete. The Panthers tried to put the game away right then and there. It didn’t work Carolina Panthers Womens Hoodie , but it gave the Panthers a better chance at success than three straight runs would have.Ron Rivera and the rest of the coaching staff are starting to empower their players, and the players are responding with energized performances. Over the last three weeks, the offense is fifth in the league in yards per play and the defense is tenth in yards per play allowed despite playing some high powered offenses. Making bold decisions instills confidence in a team, and recent bold decisions by the Panthers coaching staff have coincided with the Panthers playing with a swagger reminiscent of 2015’s magical season.Panthers training camp 2018: Ross Cockrell suffers broken leg UPDATE No. 2: It has been confirmed that Cockrell broke two bones in his leg and will require surgery. The Panthers are expected to place him on injured reserve.UPDATE No. 1: Reports have now surfaced that Cockrell has indeed broken his leg.Carolina Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell went to the ground in agony today after a collision with wide receiver Torrey Smith at practice.While the Panthers don’t have a clear starter behind James Bradberry, Cockrell was right in the middle of a deep group of corners fighting for a place on and on top of the depth chart. He had been having a strong camp and even caught the attention of the Panthers new defensive coordinator, Eric Washington.Prior to 2018 Womens Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys , Cockrell, a hometown hero out of Charlotte Latin and Duke University, had spent time with the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New York Giants. The injury was jarring enough for the team that practice was ended after Cockrell, whose leg was in an air cast Authentic Christian McCaffrey Jersey , was carted off of the field. We wish him all the best in his recovery.