Forgot your password?
Or sign in with one of these services
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.
Marc Anthony, 26 Dec 2011
Posted 26 Dec 2011
The only 2 starters in the secondary that will stay the starters are Godfrey and Gamble. Martin, Pugh, Munnerlyn, or Butler will not be starting. Hogan will probably be starting next to Gamble, and I see us drafting another CB high in the draft that can step right in. I also see us replacing Martin with someone better.
Greg Hardy should not be starting. Need an upgrade at his position on defensive end. He is good to have in on certain downs but definitely not starting material unless he takes his game to another level. I don't see that happening.
I really believe the rest of the Dline will be fine. I honestly do.
If TD is back he will have to except less money and less playing time. His leadership is valuable though. Still need to draft a LB to start in his place though.
I still don't understand the dislike of Greg Hardy. It's just mind boggling. This is his first year as a starter. He has contributed as much as anyone on defense, yet people want him replaced. Man I'm glad this franchise isn't run by people here on the Huddle.
Yeah, I like Greg Hardy and I think he'll keep improving. He's put in the effort and has disrupted several plays this season. If anybody is a disappointment, it's Eric Norwood. But I do think that DE is something we need to look at in the draft or FA.
Need to pick up a starting cb in fa ala Carlos Rogers this year.
We can't keep counting on redZone ints and fumbles. Gotta stop their drives. The D is really missing some key pieces.
Whats the salary cap looking like next season. Are we gonna have any room to make these moves?
If the Panthers upgrade the D-Line, the secondary becomes better overnight. The Panthers went to the SuperBowl with Terry Cousins and Reggie Howard as their starting CB's. The front 4 was so dominate that they were able to use JAG (just a guy) during the SuperBowl run.
Nab a solid and productive dt and cb in FA and draft your depth and you are gold.
People are saying we don't need an overhaul, but consider that TD has had three major injuries to his knee - if he comes back they would be very wise to keep him as a role player. Beason has been out all season due to his Achilles injury and his direct replacement Conor, will see his contract expire this season. If we don't bring him back, then we will have twoo players who had major injuries this year, three career below average/poor backups and James Anderson. The linebacker position could well see an overhaul of sorts.
The DT position was a joke all year long and that was mainly due to lack of disciplined play and experience. Debatable if Edwards makes it back from his injury, Fua and McClain should improve but they were pretty darn awful. That has once again left us with mediocre career backups (I do like Neblett though, have for a while).
Then look to the secondary. Whilst I actually like the look of Munnerlyn as a starter, I am unsure if it's a long term answer. What is more concerning to me is the safety position. Why Godfrey received the extension when he did will baffle me for some time. Martin has sadly made steps backwards (but is no where near as bad as some on here believe).
We have question marks and worse at at least half the starting positons on the defence. Facing facts, we will see plenty of new players next year and I would guess at least 2-3 new starters. As someoner stated, it likely won't be an overhaul, but our defensive staff are going to have a lot of big questions to answer.
I would rather not bring Connor back. We can get a linebacker in the draft for less money, and still be as productive as Connor been. At defensive tackle, I wouldn't be opposed to releasing Fua. Wasn't a big fan of his where we drafted him, and after seeing him get thrown around like a rag doll, he will only be taking up a roster spot on the team. Replace him with Shirley please. At corner, Brent Grimes should be available, but I could also see him going back to the Falcons. The same goes for Carlos Rogers. So we will have to draft a good corner in the draft, and luckily for us, this is a good draft for corners.
I think we have a better defense than most are saying. Our biggest liability was those two DTs. Teams was running amok with those guys in there. Now, we look respectable. We get Beason back, Edwards back, draft a corner, and we will be good to go.
I love how people think drafting a DT is going to immediately upgrade the position.. :lol:
Existing user? Sign In