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Panthers trying to diversify defense

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Carolina dabbled using a 3-4 defense during Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. It sounds like Carolina will be using three man fronts more the rest of the season.

“I know [Ron Rivera] feels very confident in the 3-4 and what it brings to the table. And knows its strengths and weaknesses. And he has shared them with me,” Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said via the Charlotte Observer.

The Panthers should try something; they are 28th in points allowed. Really, it seems like any defense that isn’t multiple in this era is playing catchup.  Rivera ran a 3-4 defense last year in San Diego, while McDermott ran a 4-3 in Philadelphia.

“That’s part of the reason, quite frankly, that I came down here – so we could get together and merge our systems together,” McDermott said.

Bill Belichick said he began this season with a 4-3 base defense because he thought it would be simpler following the lockout.  But the Patriots still line up in a variety of looks each week.

The new look will force Panthers to do some extra studying. Big free agent splurge Charles Johnson — who has five sacks this year–lined up as an outside linebacker three times Sunday.

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11 Responses to “Panthers trying to diversify defense”
  1. amanistumor says: Oct 17, 2011 4:40 PM

    I’d rather have an offensive line coach for my defensive coordinator then have Sean McD-not!!!

  2. jimbobobjr says: Oct 17, 2011 4:43 PM

    Put Cam on D!!! He’s the new Chuck Norris!!!

  3. panther17 says: Oct 17, 2011 4:47 PM

    There’s that 28th in scoring defense to make the argument Panthers have a terrible D hold water.

  4. peester15 says: Oct 17, 2011 4:48 PM

    This team really needs to change their G.M….not the D-Structure.

  5. newagerocker says: Oct 17, 2011 4:51 PM

    “That’s part of the reason, quite frankly, that I came down here – so we could get together and merge our systems together,” McDermott said.


    That plus the fact you were going to be fired for allowing the most points ever to be scored in the Eagles franchise history. On a positive note, The Eagles were 32 in the league last year and now Carolina is 28! You you got THAT goin for ya, which is nice!

  6. nineroutsider says: Oct 17, 2011 4:57 PM

    Carolina fans – the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 is tough, but well worth it!

  7. dldove77 says: Oct 17, 2011 5:06 PM

    Big Money Charles Johnson has been well worth the money so far. Big motor on that guy.

  8. prmpft says: Oct 17, 2011 5:16 PM

    note to panthers:
    (1). GET a defense
    (2). THEN diversify that defense

    …that bunch is gonna drive poor CAM to start drinkin’…

  9. nfloracle says: Oct 17, 2011 5:18 PM

    While they’re transitioning, I hope someone will get Newton to stop showboating in the end zone and to start winning some games. That Deion imitation was beyond BS for someone who has led the Cats to a 1-5 record.

  10. kidwithhelmet says: Oct 17, 2011 5:47 PM

    When you lose one of the best LB’s in the game, and continue to lose what should be one of the best LB’s in the game, it’s not really going to matter what you do with your gameplan.

    People need to cut them a bit of slack.

  11. tuckyous says: Oct 18, 2011 1:28 AM

    Makes sense, seems like they have more talent at LB even with the injuries, and way less at DT.

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