Panthers Defense | D/ ST
Defensive Coordinator: Sean McDermott
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Yes Luke Kuechly is a stud middle linebacker and the Panthers did a nice job of adding a few talented defensive tackles in the draft, but I’m still concerned about their secondary. In a division with the passing talent they have to defend against that’s a major hole that will likely cost Coach Ron Rivera his job and keep the Panthers at the bottom of the NFC South.
Not to mention keep the Panthers defense as nothing more than a waiver wire option for matchup play in fantasy leagues. This group has talent and should be better against the run, likely getting to quarterback more often off the edge with Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson.
I even think they can be a top ten to five team in forced fumbles but don’t expect much from the secondary, and that’s a killer. When they play a weak passing team outside the division, this will be a solid defense to play in fantasy leagues.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
The Panthers struggled up the middle again, but it seems it’s been about three years in a row that early big time injuries have killed them. In the first round of the draft, Carolina selected top linebacker Luke Kuechly, and at first I thought this was a sign the Panthers didn’t believe Jon Beason could hold the middle.
Beason tore his Achilles tendon week one, but as it turns out the early plan is to have Beason in the middle and use Kuechly as a weakside linebacker. Expect Kuechly to move around, and he should be a favorite for three down duty, because of his overall skill set.
Ranked as the 29th defense overall by Pro Football Focus last year, the Panthers are going to need more than quality play from Beason and Kuechly to make the playoffs.
While Kuechly can help patrol the middle of the field, this secondary is still a major concern in my eyes and if they can’t play stout against the run up front, it’s going to be a long season. Stay away from Carolina for fantasy purposes, but let’s see how this group does as the season moves along.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
The Panthers have the type of defense that can make this team a winner if they can get help to stop the run. New Head Coach Ron Rivera did an excellent job with what I thought was a overachieving group in San Diego as they ran a 3-4 style defense. What I find interesting about Rivera is that he isn’t tied to just one style of defensive play to have success and that is key for the Panthers as they have the personnel to play a 4-3 base defense.No, Rivera has had success with the Bears and Eagles as he helped middle linebackers like Brian Urlacher and Jeramia Trotter become big time middle linebackers. This is great news for Jon Beason as he figures to move back inside to the middle and will more than likely become a true elite linebacker for IDP once again.
I love this teams linebacking core and other various parts of the group, but they’re youth on the inside of the front line will be a tested as opposing offense figure to get the football, often with the Panthers’ offense likely falling short in the passing game. Don’t look to the Panthers as an option to draft this year, but they may become an option worth picking up at some point if the running game can return to one of the leagues best.
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Last year the Panthers struggled against the run without their top defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu. Now, Kemoeatu is a free agent and is gone from the team. Not only that but the teams franchise defensive end Julius Peppers left from the team in free agency and was signed by the Bears. Things aren’t looking good on the front line to say the least.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: For a defense that finished 9th best in points given up and 4th against the pass you would think they might have good fantasy relevance. That wasn’t the case for the Panthers’ defense because they were 22nd against the run, and they weren’t strong in sacks.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: This defense can make turnovers and play well against the pass, but they lack enough decency in other areas to be a good group. With the loss of Julius Peppers and Maake Kemuatu, I have major concerns for this teams’ ability to stop the run and rush the quarterback.
Even worse than losing those talents is that they didn’t do much in the draft or free agency to address this problem. Look for this group to finish as one of the worst in the running game as they should be gashed by good teams like the Falcons this year.
- Strong Secondary
- Good Turnover Numbers
- Bad Against The Run
More Fantasy Football Player Info About The Panthers Team Defense
Panthers Defense | D/ ST
Points 19.2 (9th) | Pass 191 (4th) | Run 124 (22nd) |
Sacks 31 | Int 22 | FF 23 | TD: D 1 | ST 0
Defensive Style: 4-3
Bye Week Conflicts (WK 6): Cardinals, Bills, Bengals
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