Found May 23, 2012 on The Football Fan Spot:
The Panthers have a lot of hope for the future with quarterback Cam Newton and had a very successful offense because of him, but their defense was the cause of their 6-10 season. A big part of their defensive struggles was their 8.4 YPA allowed, highest in the league. #1 cornerback Chris Gamble was solid, but their other cornerback, Captain Munnerlyn, really struggled last year. Munnerlyn allowed a 73.8% completion percentage, 10.0 YPA, and 4 touchdowns to no interceptions, which led to a 126.9 QB rating allowed, good for 2nd worst among all cornerbacks who played more than 60% of their team’s snaps (behind Quentin Jammer). Munnerlyn stands at a mere 5-8 and doesn’t have the size to be a starting cornerback, but played better in the past as a depth cornerback in base packages. According to Pro Football Weekly, the Panthers seem to agree. They report that the Panthers would prefer to move Munnerlyn into the sub packages and a reserve role. The candidates to start in his absence would...

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