I hope the Panthers are not thinking of playing Tampa 2 defense. Tampa 2 is terrible at stopping the run, especially teams that play-action pass. Also it's easier to complete short passes against Tampa 2, but harder to complete long passes.
I'll give you an example of how teams attack our Cover 2. Let's take Chis Harris for example. He has a zone to defend in the deep half of the field. So our oppontent will line up 2 WRs on his side of the field. The WR to the outside runs a go route and ends up on the far left side of Harris' zone. The WR on the inside runs an out route and ends up on the far right side of Harris' zone. Harris can't defend both WRs. Our Cover 2 is designed to make teams attack us deep. The idea being that our front 4 will kill the QB before the WRs get to our Safeties and soft spots. We just didn't have a good pass rush this year.
Tampa 2 is designed to take the pressure off the Safeties and force the opposing team the throw short. Tampa 2 is NOT good against the short pass or play action runs up the middle. But the Tampa 2 is much better against deep passes than Cover 2. If we play Tampa 2, then teams will attack Diggs by sending a TE and WR on quick slants into his zone. Or worse, the TE will run a short curl route right near Diggs, while a WR runs a slant route through his zone. NOT GOOD. If Diggs takes the TE, then the WR will burn the trailing CB alive. If Diggs takes the WR, then the TE will be wide open and they will 'dink and dunk' us all day. I don't like Tampa 2.
Execution is a lot different than theoretics. Theoretically you'd think Tampa-2 is bad against the Pass because the short pass is usually open, however, they're usually better against the Pass. Why? Because they don't run Tampa 2 coverage all the time. yes they run it the majority of the time, but that's the thing, Running a Tampa 2 tricks offenses into thinking they'll be in that coverage most of the time, so when you mix it up, it catches them off guard. Especially when you force teams to start showing a tendency. It usually pays off. People point out how the colts d was bad against the run, and how Tampa's run D collapsed. But those aren't always the cases, the players make a difference, Indy lacked a D-Tackle that year they traded for McFarland. When we ran over Tampa, Jovan Haye was out. Ideally, when Bob Sanders came back for Indy, it balanced out the lack of Interior help. Although we probably won't be a true Tampa-2 team, I think the package will still be there. Of course this is just pure speculation.