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#1 Zod

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:14 AM

As much concern there is about the Panthers offense after playing Seattle, there is an equal amount of excitement about the Panthers defense.

A key component of the excellent defensive showing against Seattle was the healthy starting combination of Jon Beason, Luke Kuechly, and Thomas Davis.

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Going in to Sunday's game against Seattle, containing Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was a top priority. Allowing Lynch to run the ball would have extended the Seahawks time of possession and worn the defense out further.

Thanks to the linebackers, the Panthers were able to hold Lynch to 43 yards on 17 attempts, or just 2.5 yards per carry. This is an amazing accomplishment as Lynch averaged 5 yards per carry in 2012. The Panthers were able to cut his effectiveness in half. Good stuff.

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Luke Kuechly remains the leader of the linebackers, and the defense as a whole. Kuechly is relied on to make the defensive play calls and adjustments as needed. Veterans Jon Beason and Thomas Davis, two excellent leaders in their own right, seemed content to play support roles. After a Kuechly tackle I noticed Jon Beason was the first player to slap him on the helmet and encourage him even more.

Beason has been a mentor for Luke, and that hasn't changed. Last season Beason was limited to counseling Kuechly from the sidelines while the defense rested. This season that veteran advice is available at any time.

I expect this will help Luke continue to develop at an even faster rate. It is a scary thought for the opposition that Kuechly is only a second year player with room for growth.

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Seeing Beason and Davis play as tandem outside linebackers was a real treat for any fan of hard nosed defensive football. With Star Lotulelei clogging the middle, opposing offenses this season will be forced to try to run the edges. As Marshawn Lynch found out, it won't be easy.

The backers of the line will be waiting.

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#2 Toundra

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:27 AM

I especially loved Thomas Davis pancake.

 

Those 3 Lbs are the backbone of our defense.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:37 AM

Yes sir, our D is nasty no doubt. DBs just can't let receivers get behind them.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:46 AM

Defensive line was outstanding, but Beason missed more open field tackles than I'd care to see consistently.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:00 AM

I didn't notice Beason as much but I did see Davis have one really good open field tackle.

Luke was everywhere as usual.

Seattle found some holes in the pass coverage at times yesterday but overall they did well. They did shut Lynch down which is impressive.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:11 AM

You could see Beason struggle some, but it wasn't bad by any measure. As he adjusts to the outside and his conditioning catches up the D will get better.

Now, if we can elevate the play of the secondary we'll have a wicked defense.

Nice write up and pics JI.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:24 AM

The play where TD was spying Wilson and then charged in and destroyed him the moment he pulled the ball down to run, was a thing of beauty.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:27 AM

God, if we had better conerbacks, we would be the best defense in football hands down.



#9 Zod

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:30 AM

Luke was everywhere as usual.
 

Luke had a key mistake late in the game where Seattle needed a first down to put the game away. In Man defense he kept his eyes on Wilson, instead of the receiver he was covering. The receiver got free and made the play across the middle.

 

You live and you learn.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:33 AM

Luke had a key mistake late in the game where Seattle needed a first down to put the game away. In Man defense he kept his eyes on Wilson, instead of the receiver he was covering. The receiver got free and made the play across the middle.

You live and you learn.


Yeah, Eugene Robinson harped on that, saying proper technique would have made all the difference.

#11 Zod

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:37 AM

Yeah, Eugene Robinson harped on that, saying proper technique would have made all the difference.

 

I only noticed because I was taking pics of him at the time. His eyes stayed forward the entire play, which is unusual in man coverage.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:38 AM

God, if we had better conerbacks, we would be the best defense in football hands down.

 

We might anyways.





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