Defense and Special Teams
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In the game of football, offense makes up one-third of the overall performance. Each week, three different units – offense, defense and special teams – have to execute their game plan in order for a team to be successful. When all three are clicking it makes a team extremely tough to beat.
Fortunately for Carolina, both their defense and special teams are stacked. General manager Marty Hurney worked tirelessly throughout the offseason to revamp a Panthers defense moving from a 4-3 front to the 3-4 being played a majority of the time this season. The pieces are in place for success on that side of the football.
Having an elite quarterback can increase a team’s chance to win – depending on the matchup. Throughout history, there have been plenty of quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl relying on consistency, maintaining their offense, protecting the football and leaning heavily on a defense to stop their opponent.
Regardless of what the future holds for Newton, the current state of the Panthers defense and special teams provides hope.