Dec, 11, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott slaps hands with middle linebacker Jordan Senn (57) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

The Defensive Decision

16. 27. 36. 30. No not lottery numbers, that’s how many points the Panthers have given up each game. That gives you an average of just over 27 points per game. Now I’m not saying the offense has been firing on all cylinders, but you get to a point where you have to wonder ‘what’s wrong with the defense?’. Do we not have the right players? I think we have one of the best linebacker groups in the league but a less than impressive defensive line outside of Charles Johnson, and a missing secondary. To be fair the secondary is pretty inexperienced with a rookie and a former back-up making their debuts this season, but eventually something has to give. Does the blame rest with the players? Or is it time for coaching changes?

September 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott talks with linebacker Thomas Davis (58) in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

When you’re giving up just under 400 yards a game, having your opponents out-rush your high dollar backfield and are losing the turnover battle 9-5 on the year isn’t it time to make a change? I’m referring to the defensive coordinator Sean McDermott of course. Last year I believe he received a free pass with key injuries to Jon Beason, Thomas Davis and Ron Edwards. But so far this year with a healthy group, and some offseason additions the team has still underachieved on defense. Maybe it’s another three year project like Armanti Edwards but I’m not sure how much more Panthers fans can take.

I know we still need some help in the secondary, but play calling can help alleviate some of that inexperience and inability. McDermott has a history of being aggressive and sending multiple players on blitzes like he did with the Eagles but that doesn’t work with a weak secondary like ours. There’s no Asante Samuel or Brian Dawkins to lock up the receivers on those blitzes, or to just play defense for that matter. Therefore, he has to work on calling plays that will play to our strengths, which is not our secondary. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for a change either in personnel or with players (here’s to next year’s draft and free agency).

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