Bucs must ready for trick plays vs. Panthers
Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has a multitude of weapons at his disposal, from 6-foot-6 rookie quarterback Cam Newton to 5-foot-9 veteran receiver Steve Smith.
But sizing up what Chudzinski has in store is tough for any defense because he’s not afraid to reach deep into his bag of trick plays.
In their 38-19 loss to Carolina Dec. 4, Chudzinski had receiver Legedu Nanee – who went to Boise State to play quarterback – threw a pass back to Newton for 27-yards to set up a touchdown.
On one play last week against the Houston Texans, Newton took the snap and rolled to his right. But what the Texans didn’t see was Newton stick the ball between the legs of fullback Richie Brockel, who ran for a 7-yard touchdown.
“The last time they played us, they got a little trick, throw back play,’’ Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. “They got out there and lined up quick and we got one guy lined up on the wrong side and that’s all you need is one guy on the wrong side to make a big play happen.
“We saw the chicanery and debauchery there. Last week we got to see it. And then also, Cam Newton creates that kind of dynamic on the goal line as well because some of the things he’s able to do. It’s not often you seen LeBron James get the ball on the snap and jump over the whole offensive line and score a touchdown with your quarterback and not worry about him getting hurt…Chud has done a great job done there just like he’s done every where. He’s dynamic and he’s good for this league.’’