It’s a lesson that can be easily forgotten when experiencing the exhilaration of flying high. And like Icarus, Dave Gettleman flew too close to the sun and the 2016 Panthers, who not long ago felt that euphoria, have crashed and drowned.Read More
The Panthers released Bene' Benwikere on Friday after surrendering over 225 yds to Julio Jones in Carolina's embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Benwikere admitted on WFNZ Primetime with Chris Kroeger that he wasn't in the correct game shapeRead More
Pro Football Focus, the statistical analysis giant that has found a way to quantify every step and misstep by every NFL player on every NFL play, recently ranked the Carolina Panthers secondary as the NFL's worst heading into 2016.Read More
Yesterday, the Texans parted with DJ Swearinger after two years. The former USC gamecock, according to NFL.com, after he struggled mightily in his 22 starts in Houston. Ranked in the bottom tier of safeties in both 2013 and 2013, 71 out of 86 and 78 out of 87 respectively.Read More
Observations: During a recent C3 podcast, Falcons writer Scott Karasik, lamented over DeCoud’s tackling inability. DeCoud made a couple of good tackles early, but fans should hope that DeCoud isn’t charged with this task too often.
Observations: Panthers run-stop should be improved with the continued development of Star and Short. Look for teams to try and work the flats.
Observations: Lack of secondary talent forces Carolina to run a lot of zone coverage, which is susceptible to these types of gains. C3 caught up with BBR’s Bill Voth at training camp where he described Carolina’s secondary, aside from Benwikere, as band-aids. Well Sammy Watkins peeled the band-aid here. Let’s hope Cason can answer the call before a more experienced quarterback-receiver tandem rips it off.
Observations: Buffalo responded well to this play, but Carolina responded better. Play demonstrates Carolina’s relentless pressure on the quarterback. Had Cason made this tackle, the play would have illustrated Carolina’s defensive capabilities. Instead a blown tackle, led to well….still a strong defensive play. If this is what Carolina can do when they miss tackles, offensive opponents are now getting antsy thinking of what Carolina can do when they do make those plays.
Observations: Melvin White continues to show up. Rivera has praised Cason throughout camp, but been a little more measured when discussing White. As an UDFA, this guy has done nothing but show up and impress. Last season, Carolina asked White to do the near impossible. Wet behind the ears, he was required to defend the biggest, fastest wide receivers. If White can be tasked with the #2 corner responsibilities, as he is on paper, this guy should outperform expectations. Hopefully Cason lives up to Rivera’s praise, allowing White to prove himself on a more reasonable stage.
Observations: The routes created a natural pick that exposed the secondary’s individual ability. Once the pick occurred, Hogan separated easily from the cornerbacks and boogied up the sideline. If anything this play, not only exposed Carolina’s ineffectiveness at man coverage, but it also highlights the forced necessity of playing zone coverage. There are ways to work the zone, and this will continue to hurt Carolina as opposing offenses dink and dunk their way down the field.
Observations: Run away from Luke, not towards him!
Observations: This play wasn’t easy to watch. Carolina gets tough as the field shortens, but we're worried this shows that the secondary’s struggles affect the defensive line and linebacker core because these units are required to do so much.
Observations: Carolina will be even stronger in the middle this year. With Star and Short entering their second season, in addition to Cole and Edwards, the Panthers are tough in the middle. If Carolina can stack the box, watch out! You better hope you can shed a tackle and head to the pylon.
Observations: As the field shortens, the Panthers can line up and punch you in the mouth. Simply put, the Panthers defense improves as teams enter the red zone and approach the goal line.