Posted October 18, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Panthers are thinking about changing up how they line up on defense. Carolina showed a new wrinkle on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, lining up in a 3-4 defense for the first time under new coach Ron Rivera. It was only for three plays, but the 3-4 look could become a more permanent Carolina fixture down the road. It wouldn't be a surprise. Rivera ran the 3-4 last year working as the defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers and that unit finished first in the league in total defense. Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott says using 3-4 defense is ''something we wanted to evolve to, so we're going to have that in the game plan (this year) whether we use it or not.'' Carolina hosts Washington on Sunday.
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