Found September 18, 2013 on Know It All Football:
The old adage ‘Defense Wins Championships’ might not hold as much weight as it used to, but having smart defenders is always a commodity. Here are six of the newest to join the National Football League and how they’ve helped–or hurt–their team through two weeks of play. The Good Star Lotulelei- DT, Carolina Panthers (1st round, 14th pick) Lotulelei has been a monster against the run. In 83 snaps, he’s managed four stops and has six total tackles. He was instrumental in preventing two of football’s best running backs–Marshawn Lynch and C.J. Spiller–from running up the middle, forcing runs to the outside (Lynch finished with 43 yards, Spiller gained 103). In addition to controlling runs up the middle, Lotulelei clogged the middle lanes which prevented quarterbacks E.J. Manuel and Russell Wilson from breaching the center of the pocket. Ezekiel Ansah- DE, Detroit Lions (1st round, 5th pick) Ansah has been a great addition to an already fearsome defensive line in 2013. Through 80 downs, ...

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Panthers look to rebound after shocking loss to Bills

If you’re a Carolina Panthers fan, Sunday’s loss to Buffalo looked way too familiar. Carolina held the lead late and had ample opportunities to seal the deal but just weren’t able to get the job done. Unfortunately, this has become a staple of a Ron Rivera coached team. Ron Rivera’s job status is up in the air. The Panthers were unable to convert two late Bills turnovers...

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Ever since Cam Newton has taken over for the Panthers they have had bad starts to the season. They normally pick it up toward the end of the season, but by then it is too late. This year it hasn’t been any different and Steve Smith has a theory on it. “What the current issue is, you have a young player pressing,” Smith said. “And what do I mean by pressing? You know when...

Steve Smith: I don’t run in same circle as Kerry Rhodes

Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith made it clear on the radio that he doesn’t run in the same circle as free agent safety Kerry Rhodes. Smith felt like he had to make himself clear since there  have been rumors swirling around all offseason that Rhodes is in fact gay. h/t Black Sports Online Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post Steve Smith: I don’t run...

Panthers bring back Florence to help out secondary

The Panthers announced they've re-signed free agent cornerback Drayton Florence to help out an injury-plagued secondary. Florence, a 10-year NFL veteran who has played in 143 career games and started 99, attended training camp with the Panthers and has worked primarily with the starters during the preseason before being released in final roster cuts. At the time, Panthers coach...

Carolina Panthers: 2013 Week 3 NFL Power Rankings (#14)

Last week: 5 The Panthers are now 2-14 since 2011 in games decided by a touchdown or less. Part of my reasoning for them having a big season was that their record in close games would even out, as it always does in the long run, but it’s very possible that won’t happen this year. They need to fire Ron Rivera. They should have done it last off-season (can you imagine how good...

The Bait and Switch Week 3: Who to Trade and Trade For

Time to take a look at players that we should look to be moving and players that we should be trying to acquire.  It’s time to bamboozle these fools with the Bait and Switch: The Bait Cam Newton The reason we liked Cam Newton so much coming into drafts was because he RUNS.  Well, that’s just not happening.  Neither is the passing.  The Panthers refuse to give this guy any...

Steve Smith Wants World to Know, He Doesn’t Run in Kerry Rhodes’ Circle (Audio)

Call me crazy, but I don’t think Steve Smith runs in Kerry Rhodes’ circle. Call me crazy again, but I don’t think Steve Smith wants Kerry Rhodes on the Panthers. H/T Deadspin
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