as a franchise wanting to be a run-first/defense-oriented football team. From Dom Capers to Ron Rivera Color Rush Will Grier Jersey , Frank Reich to Cam Newton, the old school has been the only school in Charlotte. Part of that school is the teaching that winning the battle over the clock is one of the most important aspects of winning the game. You run the ball to control the clock. You force teams to punt to prevent them from chewing up the clock. Time of possession isn’t just a key part of winning games, it is the most valued statistic.That is the old school. The newer school is applying things like ‘math’ to all of the statistics generated in a given football game to see what actually does correlate with wins. Our very own Jonathan DeLong did some work on this last year. The moral of the story is that the newer school of thought values scoring points to win football games.We’re going to spend some time talking about this subject in the coming week because nobody wants to talk about how the Saints look like a real contender this year (Go Rams!). I’d like you, dear reader, to take a moment and gather your best guess as to how the Carolina Panthers performed with regards to their time of possession in 2018. Really think about it and then move on to the next paragraph.The Panthers Christian McCaffrey Jersey Discount , who we all remember as having a dismal season featuring a stunning seven game losing streak, dominated the time of possession across the whole season. They possessed the football for 23:14 longer than their opponents. The average time of possession in the NFL is 30:00 (see again: math). That means the Panthers almost played a whole game more than their opponents in 2018.While striking, the sum of the season is hardly the story of each game. By time of possession, the Carolina Panthers would have had a successful season and likely been in the playoffs with a 10-6 record. They would have swept the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, lost to the Philadelphia Eagles Christian McCaffrey Jersey Super Bowl , but beaten the Cleveland Browns. They also would have played a close game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, ultimately losing that game 30:35 to 29:25.The relationship between time of possession and winning is not a causal one. It exists, to be sure, but it is incidental. Events that cause wins (scores) typically also require possessing the ball. The more a team scores the more they will both win and possess the ball. Focusing on possession is missing the forest for the leaf on your shoe. We’ll look in deeper detail going forward about how time of possession has compared to wins for previous Panthers seasons and for other, more successful franchises in the NFL. If you think you have a perfect rebuttal to this argument and that time of possession is actually the most important stat in football Christian McCaffrey Jersey For Sale , please leave a comment or write a fan post to support your opinion. We’ll try to address your ideas as this series continues. Brad is replaced by Billy to talk about what the Panthers need and why Jon hates Curtis Samuel."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Keep Sounding PodcastPanthers 2019 NFL DraftCSR Film RoomKeep Sounding PodcastKeep Sounding: Talking Panthers needs and Curtis SamuelNew,5commentsBrad is replaced by Billy to talk about what the Panthers need and why Jon hates Curtis Samuel. ESTShareTweetShareShareKeep Sounding: Talking Panthers needs and Curtis SamuelBrad couldn’t make it this week, so Billy Marshall took his place for this episode. You’ll know him from the many film pieces he contributes to CSR. We talk about Eric Reid re-signing, the value of his contract, and the danger that comes with making snap judgments when initial contract details are released. We all share our thoughts on his impact on the defense and what this means for the secondary as whole. We talk about the Panthers needs Christian McCaffrey Jersey On Sale , in line with last week’s coverage. The Panthers have a few of them, and we discuss which are the most pressing needs and which can be mitigated. That transitions into wide receiver talk, where I try to explain why I hate Curtis Samuel. We wrap up with potential cuts and free agent targets for the Panthers. As always, download and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify Christian McCaffrey Jersey Sale , and Google Podcasts.