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Panthers OC Mike Shula Says Cam Newton Needs To Be A Smarter Rusher
Cam Newton became the first quarterback since Donovan McNabb in 2000 to lead his team in rushing yards last season while also pacing all NFL quarterbacks in rushing attempts.
New Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula doesn't want to see a repeat this season, but that doesn't mean fewer read-option looks.
"In this run/read offense, there are decisions he makes with the option," Shula told Dan Pompei of the National Football Post. "Don't make decisions where he gets hit right away. If you are not sure if you should hand it off or keep it, then hand it off."
Newton has accounted for 28 percent of Carolina's rushing attempts and 32 percent of the team's rushing yards since entering the league. Those percentages might come down slightly, but the read-option has proven too effective to just throw in the towel as a nod to injury risks.
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