Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?

Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?

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Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?


What You Need To Know About The Charlotte Offense

– The offense that was the worst in the nation on third downs and scored just 14 points per game is getting a makeover. Offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery is coming in to get the offense moving with more passing and less happening from the quarterbacks. Even so, there are several options to play around with.

Hasaan Klugh has been the main man for the last few years, but he’s all run, no pass – missing more than half his throws with 13 picks. Chris Reynolds is a young passer, and Miami grad transfer Evan Shirreffs is coming in to potentially take over one of the nation’s least efficient passing games.

– The running game wasn’t a whole lot better, but at least it had some success. Benny LeMay and all of the top running backs return from a ground game that ran for 1,995 yards, but with the backs generating just four scores. Four starters are back up front – starting with all-star guard Nate Davis – from a group that was fine in pass protection, but didn’t bring enough pop.

– The big winners are the receivers. The new offensive style means more downfield passing, and there should be far more production with a more consistent quarterback in place – if it’s not Klugh. Most of the top targets are back, but the recruiting class and the transfers – like 6-3 Tyler Ringwood from Buffalo – will rise up and play big roles right away. They have to.

Biggest Key To The Charlotte Offense

Convert a third down. Please. The 49ers were miserable in time of possession, and they couldn’t keep the chains moving with a passing attack that did next to nothing. But why did the offense managed to score 21 points or fewer nine times? No long drives.

On the year, Charlotte finished dead last in the country converting just 26% of its tries, and failed to get past 32% against any FBS team. To put this into perspective, 118 teams converted an average of more than 32% of the time, and the Niners never cracked that against anyone but North Carolina A&T.

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