Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has labelled the Carolina Panthers offence as the best his side have faced this season, ahead of Sunday’s huge play-off clash between the teams.
The clash in Charlotte will see the NFL’s top scoring offence in Carolina take on the best scoring defence in Seattle, but when the two met earlier in the season the Panthers scored 27 points and racked up 383 yards in an impressive win.
“There’s nobody that does more stuff (with the running game), and it’s basically because the quarterback is such a dynamic part of it,” Carroll said, via the Charlotte Observer.
“They’re willing to run the quarterback inside, outside, lead plays, powers, all of the read stuff, as well. This is the most difficult offense that we face, and it’s really because Cam is such an adept player.
“A lot of teams have some plays that they use (like Carolina), but nobody relies on the quarterback to run like they do. He’s got 10 touchdowns rushing this year and those aren’t quarterback sneaks at the goal line. They’re from all over the place. It’s the most challenging.”
Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman agrees with his coach and expects a tough challenge on Sunday, especially when he comes to stopping the run.
“It’s the most diverse,” Sherman said of the Panthers’ run game. “A lot of teams run similar things, but nobody runs the same stuff they run, outside of college teams.”
The Panthers running game will be back at full strength this weekend, with Jonathan Stewart expected to be back after missing the last four games of the regular season with a foot injury.