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Who's Ready To See Some Of This?

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Saca312    14,084

Oh, the NFC South sure isn't ready. The Falcons live in la-la land and believe they have the best defense in the NFC South. The Saints are still living in an era that happened decades ago, and the Buccaneers are still holding out hope that this will finally be the year their team breaks out...after years of saying it would.

While these jokes of franchises gloat and mope about 'buh-huh-huh Sir Cameron Newton: Leader of Men, Lover of Puppies...Esquire and the Panties hur-hur-hur', the Panthers are silently sharpening their weapons. With an active free agency that still somehow flew under the national media radar, the Panthers are tooling up for one of their best runs yet.

Armed with a defense that's solid in stone, with nearly no holes anywhere. Armed to be the NFC South's juggernaut of power, with one of the league's deadliest front sevens. With a secondary of experience and ball-hawking blood, this defense is about to become something special.

Leading the pack of monsters is the return of Julius Peppers.

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Julius Peppers has not had the weapons that we have on our defense in Green Bay recently, yet he produced 7.5 sacks. Imagine what he could do with Short, Addison, Butler, and Charles Johnson all being threats to rush the passer?

With people getting after the quarterback everywhere, what's not to say Julius Peppers will still shine at the ancient age of 37?

The results include these wonderful things, such as -

A Drew Brees Pancake:

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A Matt Ryan Rag-doll:

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And Tampa Stew:

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Sure sure, this is the past after all. He's not in his prime anymore, but he's still a physical beast. He'll still be very productive and powerful with our deadly rotation.

For those who still believe the past is in the past and Julius Peppers couldn't possibly achieve such level again, watch what he can still do against Matt Ryan:

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That was just last year. As an OLB. At his age. Putting a guard on wheels. Like he weighed 50 lbs.

Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Jameis Winston are currently filling out their retirement forms as we speak.

Welcome home Peppers. Welcome home.

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Daddy_Uncle    5,171

Those fan bases have every right to believe in their teams. They have solid teams believe it or not. Julius Peppers isn't what he used to be and isn't going to send our defense to a whole new level. Sorry to tell you that. 

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Saca312    14,084
Just now, Daddy_Uncle said:

Those fan bases have every right to believe in their teams. They have solid teams believe it or not. Julius Peppers isn't what he used to be and isn't going to send our defense to a whole new level. Sorry to tell you that. 

You're a party pooper.

Even so, rationally speaking, Julius Peppers does provide a substantial upgrade to our defense. He still was productive in Green Bay, so he'll still be formidable to go against even in his situational role.

Considering our moves we made in free agency, we have a solid defense on paper with no holes anywhere. What should be unlocked is our pass rush and coverage in every facet of our game. We have a formidable defense I'm confident will be top 5 in the NFL next year at the very least.

He will improve with an improved supporting cast around him, even at his ripe old age. Sure, it won't be as hard or flashy as his past dominance, but he still adds ability to our defensive front no matter how you look at it.

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SCP    30,419

We are a lot older on defense now. Atlanta is young as hell on D with a lot of good players and team speed. Dave still has work to do.


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KillerKat    10,928

I just can't let myself get hyped. I have to see it to believe it. Our history hasn't given me any reason to do otherwise.

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Saca312    14,084
2 minutes ago, SCP said:

We are a lot older on defense now. Atlanta is young as hell on D with a lot of good players and team speed. Dave still has work to do.


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Even so, our front is deadly for next year. Can't argue that.

I think our defense being old is an overrated assumption. Our secondary's young and promising. Our DTs are hitting their prime. Our LBs - aside TD - are still relatively young. Our DEs are old, but experienced, and we should be drafting some more of those this year as well.

What matters though is next year's lineup is looking solid, and our future should be assured within these next two drafts.

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johnnydefence    123

Pep is not the Pep that left years ago ... He's more like the Jared Allen we got two years ago ... Great but far from his prime ... We have no room to gloat ...

If we lose J. Stew next year our defense will be on the field 24/7 ... and its hard to be great when your on the field more than a Chip Kelly's defense .. 

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Peppers90 NC    3,014

kinda hard to take you serious when you said the Saints are living in an era from decades ago and use Julius Peppers at 37 yrs old to try to pump this thread up.

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