Carolina Panthers balance sheet: Defense in the red after offseason moves

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How does the defense of the Carolina Panthers look after wholesale changes this offseason?

The Carolina Panthers have made some bold moves on defense this offseason. But has it left the unit in a better position going into 2020?

It’s not like things could get any worse from a defensive perspective where the Carolina Panthers are concerned. They were one of the poorest groups statistically in 2019 as they struggled to cope with being on the field for considerable periods due to inconsistent quarterback play.

This was a primarily veteran group that failed to live up to expectations on the whole. While each player that has been moved on might see their chances improve in a different environment. It was clear it was not a cohesive group and a complete overhaul was needed.

Although this was to be expected with a new regime coming to Carolina. The scale of departures was nothing short of extraordinary. And it has left the Panthers’ defense littered with young prospects looking to find their way and unproven players hoping to take their respective games to the next level.

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There does seem to be some veteran leadership through the spine of their defense. This is going to be crucial during their expected period of transition as the Panthers look to become a contender in the not-too-distant future.

Head coach Matt Rhule has a fine reputation when it comes to rebuilding from the bottom up. He has done it at Temple and Baylor in college, so there is real hope the new man at the helm can do the same in the pros.

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