4 things Panthers can learn from Super Bowl-winning Bucs

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Importance of DL pressure

The Buccaneers caused absolute havoc on their defensive front throughout their Super Bowl victory. Former Carolina Panthers tackle Mike Remmers was terrorized on the biggest stage of all for the second time and those around him didn’t exactly step up to the plate with Kansas City missing their top-two edge protectors for the clash.

Getting pressure using just four or five guys is a massive help on any defense. It allows more players to drop back in coverage and provides a couple of linebackers with the freedom to spy plays as they develop.

This is something that the Panthers struggled to do – especially over the first half of the campaign. If the pressure wasn’t coming from stud defensive end Brian Burns, it wasn’t coming at all. But they did manage to make some substantial strides in this area down the stretch to get their final sack total for the 2020 season to an average of 1.8-per-game, which was tied-23rd in the NFL.

Their progression was encouraging. So if Burns, Yetur Gross-Matos, and Derrick Brown can make further strides this offseason, the sky is the limit.

Bringing back Efe Obada would also help, with the versatile player ending the campaign with 5.5 sacks. And some additional reinforcements in their pursuit of getting after the quarterback is not out of the realm of possibility.