New QB Josh McCown's not going to need as much time picking up the Panthers playbook as some newcomers would.
That's partly because of all the work he's done this spring and summer with Dan Henning in Miami. As much as folks here don't want to consider it, the principles of the current Panthers offense are very similar to what they did under the old coordinator. McCown said Friday night he thought that would be a benefit to him in his new home.
"I've learned a lot in a short time from coach Henning," McCown said. "I really liked the fact he played the position before, and he's taught me a lot about being smart in the passing game."
He said he dropped by Henning's office on his way out of the Dolphins headquarters this afternoon, and his old coach gave him some phone numbers of people he should call in Charlotte (probably Jake Delhomme and quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy, although he might have recommended a nice hotel nearby the stadium).
"He spoke very highly of everybody here, the team and the people," McCown said.