Panthers Can’t Run ‘QB Sneak’ Because Bryce Young Is Too Small

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The Carolina Panthers traded up a lot to get the 1st overall pick from the Bears and draft Bryce Young in the 2023 Draft, now they have some basic issues.

The Panthers are grappling with a significant strategic challenge, as an ESPN article highlights their inability to utilize the ‘QB sneak’ play in crucial third-and-short situations.

The reason cited is the perceived unsuitability of their starting quarterback, Bryce Young, for this specific play due to his physical dimensions.

In the ESPN article, it was stated that the “Biggest hole in the game plan” for the Panthers revolves around their incapacity to execute the ‘QB Sneak’ effectively.

Bryce Young, listed at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 204 pounds, has been deemed too small to excel in this particular play. Moreover, he lacks experience in executing it, compounding the issue.

To address the issue, the Panthers have turned to backup quarterback Andy Dalton in these critical situations. However, this alternative has not been without its hiccups against the Saints on Monday Night.

During the first attempt, a false start marred the play, and the second time around, Dalton opted to pitch the ball to running back Miles Sanders, resulting in a successful first down.

As the season progresses, the Panthers must deal with the ongoing question of how to navigate third-and-short scenarios effectively, given the limitations posed by Bryce Young’s size and inexperience with the ‘QB sneak.’