I am a proponent of the idea that, with a defense, the Carolina Panthers could have made the playoffs this year. Though this is true, we still saw great improvement to our defensive line as backups Frank Kearse and Andre Neblett performed admirably in place of rookie starters Terrell McClain and Sione Fua. Despite the loss of Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, our linebacking corps also performed surprisingly well. One area in which I did not see improvement was in the secondary. As a result of an inability to put pressure on the quarterback, our supposedly complex zone schemes were easily navigated by nearly every starting-caliber quarterback we encountered. … [visit site to read more]
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