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Panthers plan to simplify, speed up offense

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04:35 PM ET 05.31 | It has certainly worked before, and the Carolina Panthers are hoping the pairing of quarterback Cam Newton with an up-tempo offense can succeed again. Head coach Ron Rivera discussed new offensive coordinator Mike Shula's plan to speed up the Panthers' offense in 2013 in a report from Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer on Thursday, and it starts with making the play calls themselves easier and quicker to communicate. With that adjustment, the idea is to get Newton and the offense up to the line quicker. Newton is also noted in the report as being an advocate for easier-to-say plays. And he's already proven how much he can thrive in an up-tempo offense. In his lone season with the Auburn Tigers in 2010, Newton, playing in then-offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's offense, heavily predicated on speed to the line and an overall fast pace, basically set the college football world on fire for an entire season.

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