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#1 panthers55

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:31 AM

I don't have a link to prove what I am saying but I have noticed that the secondary is playing physically and competing with receivers and tight ends aggressively in our man to man coverages. When Gamble and Norman were replaced, the guy all the young guys would look to for guidance would be the Captain and Godfrey. Maybe it is me but guys like Josh Thomas and DJ Campbell really stepped up and were physical. Thomas and Munnerlyn might not be the biggest corners in the league but they played exceptional man defense the past few games and aren't afraid to mix it up.

I bring it all back to Munnerlyn who is a fiesty physical competitor who lays it all on the line and will go up against anybody. Pound for pound he is one tough dude.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:33 AM

I don't have a link to prove what I am saying but I have noticed that the secondary is playing physically and competing with receivers and tight ends aggressively in our man to man coverages. When Gamble and Norman were replaced, the guy all the young guys would look to for guidance would be the Captain and Godfrey. Maybe it is me but guys like Josh Thomas and DJ Campbell really stepped up and were physical. Thomas and Munnerlyn might not be the biggest corners in the league but they played exceptional man defense the past few games and aren't afraid to mix it up.

I bring it all back to Munnerlyn who is a fiesty physical competitor who lays it all on the line and will go up against anybody. Pound for pound he is one tough dude.


Totally agree. One of the things I like about Rivera's approach is that the team's leaders aren't limited to the big name, big rep guys. The unsung players who grind it out are acknowledged as the key contributors they are.

Captain fought to defend his place on this team. Fans lost faith in him when he played on the outside. But Rivera's staff recognized his strengths, put him in a position and scheme to maximize them, and a no-name secondary did an excellent job supporting D-line the latter half of our season. But Rivera set a subtle tone that reinforced this mindset.

Rivera defended captain when others blasted him. He praised him as one of the best nickel defenders he's ever seen. And he pruned playing time from guys that didn't play up to standard (e.g., Norman).

Our defensive improvements, in my view, were the result of countless such examples across the team. This isn't flashy, "look at me" leadership and can be easy to overlook--both at the player and coach levels. But when we hear players coming out in support of the staff, I think it's these kinds of things that fuel that sentiment. They are a top-10 unit with a decidedly humble roster of active players.

It's easy to be impatient, but that ability is one of the key attributes of good coaching. If they can put it all together next year in all 3 phased of the game, the coaching debate will be a murmur compared to the roar it is today.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:33 AM

Yet another person taken credit away from the coaching. Not a shocker

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:36 AM

Cap IS the best nickel in the league. Guy got to much hate last season (some deserving). He stepped his game up. Hope hes back next year.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:38 AM

I'll be the first to say as a huge Captain fan that Wilks has done a great job with the secondary. Captain has some natural talent but he needed some polishing to bring it out and I think it seems to finally be coming together for him. Proud of him and the rest of the dbs for their progress this season!

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:42 AM

No, thank you Steve Wilks.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:43 AM

No, thank you Steve Wilks.


This man gets it

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:53 AM

Agree that Wilks deserves a ton of credit. He took a secondary in shambles when Gamble went down and kept working with them and preparing the backups to make a difference when they got the chance to play. He is definitely a good addition to the staff.
But some folks think that talking about a player stepping up is overlooking the coach or reducing their importance and that isn't the case at all. Coaches prepare players to step up when they get their chance. Players take advantage of opportunities they are given. It all works together. Teams don't win with bad players or coaches. But ultimately it the players who have to make the plays and do what they have been taught and prepared to do on game day.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:00 AM

This man gets it


Just remember, Wilks was Rivera's guy. Fixing teams can be a complex business. Rivera directs the ship, McDermott the defensive crew, Wilks teaches and reinforces the DB concepts, and Captain (and his 'mates) translate this guidance into on-field performance. All deserve credit for their improvement. It's not one guy--not Wilks, not Captain, not Rivera. But when it starts to fit, individual performers start to stand out. Captain being one such individual, but all of the defensive crew improved by leaps and bounds this season.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:13 AM

Just remember, Wilks was Rivera's guy. Fixing teams can be a complex business. Rivera directs the ship, McDermott the defensive crew, Wilks teaches and reinforces the DB concepts, and Captain (and his 'mates) translate this guidance into on-field performance. All deserve credit for their improvement. It's not one guy--not Wilks, not Captain, not Rivera. But when it starts to fit, individual performers start to stand out. Captain being one such individual, but all of the defensive crew improved by leaps and bounds this season.


Well said
I knew about wilks in San Diego.Eric Weddle was one on his resume.
I agree without a shadow of a doubt. The defense has been a joy to watch this season. They have had a few slip ups but overall they have been fiery competitors and made the games far more watchable. The defense line , backers and secondary have all progressed by leaps and bounds. Anyone who didn't see this and screams fire everyone and start anew is either blind and doesn't know football or just likes to rah rah for the sake of rah rah.


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