The Carolina Panthers have made significant changes to both their roster and coaching staff this offseason. Regardless, running back Christian McCaffrey is set to resume his role as the face of the franchise in the 2020 NFL season.
The restrictions placed by the league in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) have prevented McCaffrey from getting acquainted with his new coaches. Fortunately, it seems he is already impressed with what offensive coordinator Joe Brady is bringing to the table, via Myles Simmons of the team's official website:
McCaffrey says OC Joe Brady has “been great. He’s such a unique mind when it comes to offensive football. And he puts players in the best position he can.”
It is certainly encouraging to see that McCaffrey is familiar with Brady's work. After all, the Panthers made quite the investment by making him the highest-paid running back in the league with a four-year, $64 million extension.
Paying running backs big money has been seen as a kind of taboo in today's NFL. Regardless, his skill set as one of the most versatile, offensive weapons in the league puts him in a position to provide Carolina with plenty of bang for their buck. Of course, the onus will ultimately fall on Brady to make it happen.
The biggest challenge for the new offense will be focusing on the quality of McCaffrey's touches as opposed to the quantity. Baylore helped LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire earn first-team All-SEC honors as a dual threat in Baton Rouge. It should not be too difficult to find a way to make it translate for his new All-Pro.