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Captain Munnerlyn: It’s scary how good the Panthers defense can be

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Last week, linebacker Thomas Davis said that the Panthers could be the best defense in the NFL.

He’s not the only member of the unit that feels that way. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn thinks the return of linebacker Jon Beason and the addition of rookie defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short can push the Panthers defense to new heights this season.

“It’s going to be scary how good we can be. And I’m excited about this year. I feel like we can be the top defense in NFL football,” Munnerlyn said during an interview on WFNZ.

Munnerlyn was then asked about the quality of the secondary, which many have pointed to as a very weak link behind a strong front seven. For starters, Munnerlyn is part of a cornerback corps with Josh Norman and Drayton Florence that appears to lack the kind of shutdown defender often found on the edges of the league’s best defenses. Munnerlyn said he wants to step up and be the guy who changes that perception, although the even less distinguished safeties make it something well short of a sure thing that the defensive backs will be significanly better this time around.

Minimal improvement would make a big difference for a team that finished 18th in the league in points allowed last season, though. The Panthers don’t need to wind up as the best defense in the league for the team to win more than seven games and challenge for a playoff spot.

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28 Responses to “Captain Munnerlyn: It’s scary how good the Panthers defense can be”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    The only ones who think it is “scary” are Panthers players. Not a good sign.

  2. joneil66 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    The only scary thing about this team is that seemingly no one on the roster has learned anything from Kalil’s Super Bowl “guarantee” newspaper ad last year. Talk is cheap, especially prior to playing a single down.

  3. fumblenuts says: Jun 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    Captain Munnerlyn rules!

  4. stevent92 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:48 PM

    “Philip Rivers could very well be the best QB in the NFL this coming season.” –Philip Rivers

  5. hutch119 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:51 PM

    These guys talk an awful lot for such an awful team.

    And before Panther fans ramble on about how they closed the season they did the exact same thing the year before.

    Win when it matters then talk.

  6. mgiang87 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:51 PM

    Thanks, Captain!

  7. beelicker says: Jun 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    Sounds more like it was Captain Morgan doing the talking …

  8. doe22us says: Jun 25, 2013 2:57 PM

    Ohh the off season where endless banter and brave bravado goes on. See how quickly that will change once the season starts. The interesting thing about all of this is that it is typically the bad teams that do a lot of talking. Now, before panthers fan skin me alive, your team showed some promise and resiliency at the end of the season.

  9. panthernation45 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    The players are talking a lot which is somewhat annoying but this is confindence and confindence is part of a winning attitude. The Panthers do have a top 5 LB corp and and top 5 DL if the rookie tackles show up. Our defense was the problem in tight games last year, not the offense. It is a talented team, ust need to learn how to win in close games

  10. panthernation45 says: Jun 25, 2013 2:58 PM

    Confidence**

  11. coltzfan166 says: Jun 25, 2013 3:06 PM

    It’s also scary how bad their defense can be. There’s a reason they’re 13-19 with one of the best starting QBs in the league right now.

  12. scmems07 says: Jun 25, 2013 3:16 PM

    Better do something this year, your fans and even your team blames the defense for all the losses last year, even though they don’t throw a pass or run the ball. As long as cam is on that team the defense will continue to get blamed for everything.

  13. wfederal says: Jun 25, 2013 3:19 PM

    As a die hard Panther fan I must say… SHUT UP CAPTAIN! The fact that you play for any NFL team is astounding to me. With you on our defense, we can never be a top defense. I honestly didn’t think too much of Gamble and you are a HUGE step down even from him. Or only hope is for our LBs to stay healthy, our rookies to dominate like everyone is saying they will (hope those anointing them already are right) and for Johnson and Hardy to ACTUALLY play every single down they are in the game.

    Sorry I’m so fired up but until the headline reads, “Captain Munnerlyn Released by Panthers” the sight of his name will drive me nuts.

  14. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 25, 2013 3:22 PM

    The Panthers lost A LOT of close games under 7pts last year, with that being said …. many or all were because the defense flopped late in games. Just show up to work and get better forget the cheap talk in JUNE !!!!!!!!!!!! ?

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 25, 2013 3:28 PM

    Funny how “good” you can be when you’re playing against friendlies at practice as opposed to a live game with an opponent that’s doing their best to crush you.

    All he had to say was “I think we’ll be pretty good but we’ll have to wait and see once the season starts”.

  16. glazerh8er says: Jun 25, 2013 3:28 PM

    they better be good because their QB starts crying every time things don’t go their way

  17. bucnblood says: Jun 25, 2013 3:32 PM

    “There’s a reason they’re 13-19 with one of the best starting QBs in the league right now.”

    Lmao….are we talking about Scam Newton!? Thats some funny stuff right there!

  18. hanifmiller says: Jun 25, 2013 3:44 PM

    I have no problem with some players making bold statements but Captain Munnerlyn couldn’t start for my son’s flag football team. The Panthers secondary is easily the worst unit on the team and possibly in the league.

  19. richmondbolt says: Jun 25, 2013 3:56 PM

    Maybe he should take out an add in the newspaper saying that the Panthers and their scary defense will win the Super Bowl. Oh wait…

  20. prmpft says: Jun 25, 2013 4:20 PM

    what’s scary is that head injuries probably prompted that thought process…

  21. cletuswithat says: Jun 25, 2013 4:25 PM

    whats scary is how bad my falcons are gonna spank that ars!

  22. billgatesbarber says: Jun 25, 2013 4:33 PM

    The Bengals offense says the same thing every offseason…maybe they should define how they are using the term “scary”.

  23. willnit says: Jun 25, 2013 4:52 PM

    Not a panther fan by any means, but I see them upsetting the Seahawks week 1.

  24. malkinrulez says: Jun 25, 2013 7:29 PM

    “It’s scary” how delusional Captain Munnerlynn is

  25. frankdatank23 says: Jun 25, 2013 9:50 PM

    Awesome front 7 on paper, but that secondary is hardly equipped to even handle the other teams in the division.

  26. therealtrenches says: Jun 25, 2013 9:50 PM

    You know what’s even scarier? How breathtakingly awful Sean McDermott is as a defensive coordinator.

  27. kitmandew says: Jun 26, 2013 9:16 AM

    I love that these guys feel this way about themselves and their teammates. Now lets just see how it translates to the field in a few months. Appear to be locked and loaded with our front 7, that should take some pressure off of the DBs but bottom line is that they are going to have to play….so play hard!

  28. camchise4thefranchise says: Jun 29, 2013 5:41 PM

    You know you’re a hater for real when you bring cam into a post about the defense. hush up now. @Wfederal…there’s absolutely no way you’re die hard panthers fan when you obviously don’t know much about them. Gamble was a top 10 CB his last couple years in the league he just does it quietly. Capt. is one of the best nickle backs in the league…yippy ka yay. Just because YOU don’t like them doesn’t make them bad players lol

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