Carolina Panthers: Moving to a 4-3 defense is the right call

(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) Derrick Brown
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,att Rhule, Carolina Panthers
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The Carolina Panthers could reap significant rewards by moving to a 4-3 defense in 2020 following the arrival of Derrick Brown.

Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule outlined his intention to switch the defense to a 4-3 scheme in 2020. This represents a welcome move and one that should benefit the defensive playmakers on the roster considerably.

The news of a change in style came after the Panthers selected Auburn defensive tackle, Derrick Brown, with the NFL Draft’s seventh overall pick. Rhule plans to slot the player alongside veteran Kawann Short on their interior.

This represents a formidable duo that has the potential to wreak havoc in 2020. Second-year professional Brian Burns will look to build on a positive rookie campaign at one of the defensive end spots.

Free-agent signing Stephen Weatherly is poised for a starting role on the opposite end after signing a two-year, $12.5 million deal to prize him away from the Minnesota Vikings. This included a $4 million signing bonus and $6.25 million guaranteed.

With Marquis Haynes and Zach Kerr also set to bolster their pass-rushing prowess, Rhule told the Panthers website that the team’s ability to get to the quarterback played a key role in the change.

"“We’ll be more of a base 4-3. You know the way the NFL’s going, even the 3-4 teams, half the game they’re in a four-down front anyway. To us, I thought Marty (Hurney) did a great job putting the ends together last year. You had Brian Burns and (Marquis) Haynes, picked up Stephen Weatherly who we think has a chance to be a really good starter. Now, you have KK (Short), we picked up Zach Kerr, so I think what we’re trying to do is get guys who can be dominant forces. When you look at our ability to stop the run, that starts with D-Line, and I think that he’ll help us a great deal.”"

This is definitely a case of playing to Carolina’s strengths. They are lacking serious linebacker and secondary depth currently. Although this is something they expect to boost over the next two days of the NFL Draft.

With little salary cap space to make a notable veteran signing, general manager Marty Hurney will have to work his magic once again to pick up the right sort of player who can immediately contribute.