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19 hours ago, panthers55 said:

Not sure where you get your numbers. In yards surrendered which Zod says is the comparison that matters we finished the season 26th not 7. My stat is scoring defense and we were fairly good tied for 10th with the Saints. The other stat I like is yards per play which evaluates total yards by the number of plays you had to defend. We gave up 5.3 yards a play which was tied with 5 other teams at 17th. If we were top 5 most of the first part of the season and 32nd the last part of the year it speaks to what happened once opponents got film on our defense and figured out Wilks tendencies. That is what people disliked plus we gave up 31 or more points to the Saints 3 times in a row and only 3 other defenses allowed the Saints to score 30 or more all year. Wilks was very predictable and didn't change his gameplan for better or worse. Teams could force us to play zone for example by going  with 4 or five receivers and get desirable matchups because we didn't move Bradberry to match up on our opponents best receiver. 

I think if Wilks stays he will improve significantly as he gains experience. He is a smart guy and players play hard for him. But I don't know where you think we were a top defense this year.

Ok, so I’m going to be polite because you’ve been on here a while. You’ve earned polite response. Congrats!

(1)Think about what the fug you just said! Overall defensive rankings are your overall defensive rankings! They are what they are. I don’t give a flying fug that they were 26th in some stupid stat that was cherry picked out for some obscure point.(stupid bullshit).

Simply enough. Where does the NFL grade defenses? And what was our overall ranking on the season? 7th.

(Before our last 3 weeks we were top 5 for the first 13 games of the season. And #1 for about two weeks.)

Stats you can look at on defense are:

1, Total yards.

2, total points.

3, total passing yards.

4, Total rushings yards.

5, total turnovers

6. Total QB sacks/Pressures/tackles for loss.

none of the the other stats matter. Anything more and you’re grasping for straws.

(2) Said this once and I’ll say this again. The reason for the drop off is really simple.(I know y’all hate simple answers) we have a lot of older players on the Defense and as the season went on their play fell off. This isn’t their fault. And it has nothing to do with Film. Now our older players all played great for us Mike Adams, Thomas Davis and Julius Peppers all played key rolls for us this year. But expecting 3 key players aged 34, 36 and 37 to keep up over the course of a season with a bunch of 20 somthing aged players is ridiculous. There was a reason if you noticed Peppers was pretty much getting the entire week between games off. He just couldn’t keep up without extended breaks to recover. The Panthers played a dangerous game with personnel choices and it worked for them for the majority of the year. They just were way too worn down at the end to matter.

I’ve seen this happen many times before and was concerned about it going into the season. Remember 2015?  We had Charles Tillman and Roman Harper that year. Both played great but completely fell apart at the end of the season. Tillman especially so. You run this risk anytime you get players who are hitting their 30+ age range in the NFL. It’s a young mans sport for a reason. 

The Panthers had a old defensive unit in 2017. Our #1 goal This year should be to get younger.

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12 hours ago, TheRed said:

Ron needs a scapegoat somewhere. Chances of him taking over the defense = zero.

I'd agree with you most years....tenor.gif?itemid=3884534

but lets be honest...2018 for the Panthers is a make or break year. Everybody will be playing and coaching for their jobs.

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3 hours ago, Doc Holiday said:

Ok, so I’m going to be polite because you’ve been on here a while. You’ve earned polite response. Congrats.

Overall defensive rankings are not your overall defensive rankings. It iis a global measure that really doesn't tell you much and only has a tangential relationship to the only stat s that matter which is points for versus points against on any Sunday. They are what they are. 

Simply enough. How does the NFL grade defenses? They use total yards which is really a quantitative stat. It tells you the what but not the why or how. where yards surrendered per play gives a much better understanding of how well you did based on the number of opportunities you had to defend.

(Before our last 3 weeks we were top 10 for total points surrendered and that stayed consistent.

Stats you can look at on defense are:

1, Total points

2. Qualitative stats like yards per play. 3rd down efficiency . Redzone TD efficiency, 

None of the the other stats matter. Anything more and you’re grasping for straws.

(2) Said this once and I’ll say this again. The reason for the drop off is really simple. Offenses  got film on our defense getting abused by New Orleans and gave offenses a blueprint to beat us.

Good post...  

 

Now...............

 

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