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Sporting News: Expect Panthers defense to improve

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Link: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-07-06/buffalo-bills-carolina-panthers-st-louis-rams-new-york-giants-will-be-among-most

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2011 numbers: 27th in scoring defense (26.8 points per game), 28th (377.6 yards per game) in total defense.

Stopping the run was a huge issue last season, and a big reason for that was injuries up the middle. Three-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker Jon Beason was missed most after suffering a season-ending left Achilles' injury in Week 1. Before that blow, the Panthers lost newly signed starting tackle Ron Edwards to a torn triceps in training camp.

Both of those returning veterans will get help from youngsters around them. Third-year left end Greg Hardy and second-year tackle Terrell McClain will step into increased roles up front next to Edwards and top pass rusher Charles Johnson.

The linebackers, however will be the core playmakers of this defense, which shouldn't be a surprise on a Ron Rivera-coached team. Beason comes back as a tackling machine, and first-round pick Luke Kuechly will also cover plenty of ground. Kuechly's coverage skills and instincts against the pass will help the Panthers better control backs and tight ends—a must in the NFC South.

The Panthers retain a familiar secondary, but their near-wholesale changes in the front seven will make the difference.

This is the only positive article I have seen printed up about our defense. Good job, Sporting News!!!

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Expect the secondary to have some new faces at starter too.

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Forgive me if this offends anyone, but our secondary has the iq of two year old, and at least two of them might be characterized at mentally retarded. Yes, I'm talking to you Munnerlyn and Martin.

Godfrey isn't too far ahead of Munnerlyn.

I also wonder what it's like to be Chris Gamble, knowing that he is the only competent player in the entire secondary.

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Forgive me if this offends anyone, but our secondary has the iq of two year old, and at least two of them might be characterized at metally retarded. Yes, I'm talking to you Munnerlyn and Martin.

I am going to assume your mishap is that of a typing error and not a reflection of ones own IQ. Ironic, none the less.

Carry on, now.

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Forgive me if this offends anyone, but our secondary has the iq of two year old, and at least two of them might be characterized at metally retarded. Yes, I'm talking to you Munnerlyn and Martin.

Godfrey isn't too far behind Munnerlyn.

I also wonder what it's like to be Chris Gamble, knowing that he is the only competent player in the entire secondary.

The first part of this post is irony defined.

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Forgive me if this offends anyone, but our secondary has the iq of two year old, and at least two of them might be characterized at metally retarded. Yes, I'm talking to you Munnerlyn and Martin.

Godfrey isn't too far behind Munnerlyn.

I also wonder what it's like to be Chris Gamble, knowing that he is the only competent player in the entire secondary.

Munnerlyn is far from retarded, he just can't contend with his lack of size.

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defense is fine and it was last year too the problem is that they need to stay healthy

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Forgive me if this offends anyone, but our secondary has the iq of two year old, and at least two of them might be characterized at metally retarded. Yes, I'm talking to you Munnerlyn and Martin.

Godfrey isn't too far behind Munnerlyn.

I also wonder what it's like to be Chris Gamble, knowing that he is the only competent player in the entire secondary.

Why does everyone think Godfrey sucks...he was really good last year..Martin was the problem

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Not sure how Hardy's role can increase from last year, but whatever.

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Our safety play was atrocious. Neither Martin or Godfrey looked anything like a competent NFL DB last year.

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Why does everyone think Godfrey sucks...he was really good last year..Martin was the problem

In before CRA comes to tell you that's not true.

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Forgive me if this offends anyone, but our secondary has the iq of two year old, and at least two of them might be characterized at metally retarded. Yes, I'm talking to you Munnerlyn and Martin.

Godfrey isn't too far behind Munnerlyn.

I also wonder what it's like to be Chris Gamble, knowing that he is the only competent player in the entire secondary.

Also, not to over do the subject. But, shouldn't that be, Godfrey isn't to far ahead of Munny? Cuz you know, back before ritalin, there was corporal punishment. And the Pledge of Allegiance, and jungle jims, dodgeball, redrover...

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