Phil Snow isn’t the problem, the Panthers defensive talent is

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Phil Snow is not the problem, the Carolina Panthers’ defensive talent is.

There has been some good and plenty of bad regarding the Carolina Panthers and their defense this season. They have come on gradually in recent weeks, but significant improvements still need to be made in order for the team to fulfill their ambitions of becoming a postseason contender sooner rather than later.

Defensive coordinator Phil Snow was brought to the Carolina Panthers by head coach Matt Rhule. The pair formed a special bond within the college system and although there were some teething problems initially, things are now trending on an upward curve to a certain extent.

Despite Snow’s experience in college, this is his first year calling plays at the next level. It was a baptism of fire for the coach with no preseason games to familiarize himself with his new surroundings. But there has been plenty to like about the way he’s adjusted after a difficult start.

Snow was further aided during the offseason by Carolina’s decision to make history with an all-defense 2020 NFL Draft. Some incoming recruits have helped more than others. But he is being let down by specific veterans and free-agent signings who might find their stay in Carolina short-lived.

Simply put, Snow is not the problem with the Panthers’ defense. A real lack of talent in key areas is and there is much work to be done in order to turn this unit into something that will benefit Carolina and not hinder their potential chances.