Nov 11, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) reacts in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers Can't Take Next Step Until Defense Gains Consistency

There’s no shame in having your defense picked apart by a quarterback named Brady.

Unless it’s Brady Quinn.

That’s what happened to the Panthers on Sunday, as Quinn threw 19/23 for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Quinn didn’t throw a pick and was only sacked once.

That’s pathetic.

Now with that said, good for him and good for the Chiefs organization. It was actually nice to see them get a win with the whole Jovan Belcher situation surrounding them, but that’s no excuse for the Panthers.

Kansas City dominated the time-of-possession battle 37:13 to 22:47 and it had nothing to do with the Cats’ offense as Cam & co. only went 3-and-out once the entire day. This was a matter of not being able to get the Brady Quinn-led offense off the field.

Quinn’s QB rating Sunday was 132.1, the second-highest of his career. And even though Cam and the offense put up 21 points in just 22 minutes, it didn’t matter.

This is just the latest example of this team finding a way to lose. If the offense plays well, the defense doesn’t. If the defense plays well, the offense doesn’t. If both play well, special teams has a meltdown.

We’ve got some really good players on this defense. Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy, Luke Kuechly; but we’ve also got a lot of rebuilding to do. The secondary must be overhauled and the defensive tackle position needs work too. Our defense hasn’t been bad all season, but there are too many occasions that they simply can’t get off the field.

The bottom line is, this team won’t take the next step until they know what they’re going to get every week from the defense. That’s certainly not the case right now.

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