Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:18 PM
To be honest, I was actually pleased with the performance of the DEs. Brayton is a much better DE than I think anyone here thought and Johnson is coming along nicely. The problem last night was with the interior of the line.
The obvious thought is that Kemo was out and that was the difference maker. I agree. But the problem is that Kemo is a 350 pound DT and is hard to replace. If stopping the run is dependant on Kemo shouldn't it be a priority to also have at least a comparable backup?
I also question Lewis in this scheme. He has played okay in the starting role but just seems to be more of a backup. Actually, having him as Kemo's backup seemed to have been the perfect situation. But without Jenkins, Lewis isn't there to replace Kemo on 3rd downs or when Kemo is injuried.
Last night exposed a big weakness in the Panthers defense. Most fans probably saw this weeks ago but when Kemo went down and Lewis as well left the game the opposing team was able to exploit this weakness.
Every team is going to have soft spots. There is no way to get around it. But when your entire defensive scheme is based on the ability stop the run and apply pressure, having that weak spot in the middle of your defensive line just isn't smart.
Posted 22 December 2008 - 12:19 PM
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