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May 22, 2013

Tolbert excited for Shula's rushing game plan

Mike Tolbert flashed a smile when he started talking about Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula's plan for the running game.

In an interview with Panthers.com, the fullback expressed his pleasure with the first-year Panthers offensive coordinator's desire to get back to a more traditional running game.

"I can't wait," Tolbert said. "Being a running back we rejoiced when he said we're going to run the ball. That's one thing we're going to do is run the ball, so it's something we're really looking for."

Quarterback Cam Newton led the team in rushing with 741 yards with the help of former OC Rob Chudzinski's reliance on zone-read rushing plays in the first half of the season. He was the first quarterback in the NFL to lead his team in rushing since Donovan McNabb a decade earlier. 

In his first year with the Panthers in 2012, Tolbert rushed for 183 yards on 54 carries and finished second on the team in rushing touchdowns with seven. He also had 268 receiving yards on 27 catches.

Tolbert told the team's website that both the offense and defense were up-tempo in the first day of organized team activities on Tuesday. 

We, the media, won't get to see OTAs until Thursday, and we'll have all your updates here and on Twitter on how these guys look in shorts and helmets then.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on May 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Permalink


Stanky Leg!!

Posted by: PantherHead | May 22, 2013 10:33:54 AM

Best philosophy - rush first pass second.

Posted by: par404 | May 22, 2013 10:42:01 AM

Chud cost us lots of wins in the first half of the year last year. thanks moron

Posted by: Jerry Richardson | May 22, 2013 11:34:30 AM

Good luck to CLE with Dudzinksi running the O. Now to get rid of Rivera........

Posted by: manu4t | May 22, 2013 11:44:37 AM

yes chud is a dud.his lousy gameplans cost us dearly.the browns are sooo stupid.they should know better.he did the same thing with them.hes a one trick pony.

Posted by: ray | May 22, 2013 3:51:11 PM

i love the fact they are going to run more and hoefully curtail the read option.im hoping gettleman has a plan to upgrade the offensive line.hopefully he can pick up some stopgaps between now and last cuts in sept.im surprised he hasnt gone after guys like winston.we also need another tight end.hartsock is basically a guard.btw,this page is the only one i can get on.why?

Posted by: ray | May 22, 2013 3:55:42 PM

If the Panthers stop handing the ball off to RBs from the shotgun, that would be real progress.

Posted by: Star | May 22, 2013 9:56:35 PM

Battered front line aided in poor execution of run option by Cam and running backs. They finally got it. Chud should have shut it down, half way through the season.

Posted by: steve holbrook | May 23, 2013 12:18:01 AM

Has any team been built to run more than the '13 Panthers? With our stable of backs including Cam, there remains only one question. Can the O-line consistantly open holes?

Posted by: Phil | May 23, 2013 8:53:30 AM

Agreed Phil..keep an eye on Kenjon Barner too..he has potential to rise up the depth chart!

Posted by: Zac | May 24, 2013 9:50:13 AM

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