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May 30, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (96) stretches with the defense before the practice held at the Carolina Panthers practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Redeem Team: Defense

The Panthers are not exactly a popular team. Let’s face it fans, sometimes being a Panthers fan isn’t exactly exciting. It seems to me that for the majority of the time I’m either defending Cam Newton’s credibility, the strength of the defense, or Ron Rivera as a coach. It gets exhausting coming up with ways to say the Panthers are on the upswing, and it seems that “just wait for next year” isn’t a credible excuse any more. I do believe that things are going to change in the very near future.

The Carolina Panthers are on their way to the top. With the team we have assembled, there is no doubt in my mind that the Panthers have everything they need to succeed in the NFL. When you look at all the facts, which seems to be what every Panthers fan does these days, you can make a great argument for the team. This may seem very repetitive to some, but I feel strong about my opinions and feel they need to be shared.

Jun 12, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy walks to the practice field before the start of practice held at the Panthers practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The defense has had the most improvement, in my opinion. Man, they are looking great. I’d like to address this year’s draft class first. Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, and A.J. Klein add so much more depth to the team, and will be great additions to the team’s defense. Adding those guys into the Panthers already amazing core of talent in their Defensive Line and Linebacking core, the Panthers are set. And as I’m sure you’ve already read before, the strength in the Panthers Defensive Line only adds to the strength of a somewhat battered Secondary. Josh Norman has been improving and with the additions of D.J. Moore and Drayton Florence. Put those three players, along with Captain Munnerlyn, and you have a group of Cornerbacks with a lot of depth with no big star. I think the group of Cornerbacks the Panthers have assembled will surprise a lot of people this year. The Cornerbacks have a great group of talent, Josh Thomas, who I failed to mention has a lot of potential as well and the only thing holding the Panthers defense back is the Safety unit, but with above average talent in the other three groups I think the Panthers defense has the potential to be one of the premiere defenses in the NFC.

The Panther’s defense is looking great, and let’s face it, the Panthers success on defense could very well overshadow the Panthers success on the opposite side of the football. With everything said in last paragraph I still didn’t touch upon Luke Kuechly, Greg Hardy, Jon Beason, or even Charles Johnson, who I’m sure will have fantastic careers and futures with the Panthers, so we don’t have to worry about them all that much. In any event, the Panthers seem to have the best defense in the NFC South and there is no doubt in my mind that the Panthers will have a great team next year, a team that will seem to put all nay-sayers to rest.

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