After a few days of work with new coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Panthers linebacker Jon Beason is telling all the quarterbacks on Carolina’s schedule that they’d better be ready.
“We will not sit back and be dictated to by anybody,” Beason said, per Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com. “We’re going to dictate what we want to offenses. We’re going to be aggressive and blitz-happy and we’re going to force a quarterback to be in some uncomfortable situations. That part of it is going to be fun.”
Beason says there’s a “night and day” difference between the new system and the defense the Panthers ran under the old coaching staff. He seems particularly excited about the pressure the Panthers can put on the quarterback this year: Beason said the Panthers blitzed about 30 percent of the time in 2010 but will blitz about 65 or 70 percent of the time in 2011.
“They’re going to have to do their homework this year,” Beason said of opposing quarterbacks. “It’s not going to be, hey, we know about the Panthers and we know about their scheme. It’s going to be a completely different defense.”
Last year the Panthers were the worst team in the NFL. This year, Beason says, “I think we can be just as good as anybody in the league.”