"Thomas Davis(notes) will have no impact on the field for the upcoming season because of an ACL tear suffered in June, but his presence in the league will have a strong impact on other players. Don’t expect many players to settle for the restricted free agent tag again after seeing what happened to Davis, who was already coming off an injury-riddled 2009 season. The Panthers have a good answer for the loss of Davis at weakside, moving active middle linebacker Jon Beason(notes) to that spot, which may give him more chances for big plays. That said, the overall unit obviously suffers because the rest of the linebackers are middling talents." Of course the unit suffers as a whole with the loss of TD... however to call the rest of our linebackers middling talents, as well as belittle the importance of Jon Beason is just more mudslinging from Cole. To say that we are worse than the likes of San Diego, Seattle, Oakland, Miami, and Buffalo is Bull$%(@. It gets even worse when you read about his #12 ranking of San Diego. Giving them that spot on the merits of a clearly declining Shawne Merriman, and saying he doesnt have much help around him. Meanwhile, Jon Beason is healthy, and playing the best football of his career, but he apparently does nothing to improve Cole's view of us.