According to multiple sources from ESPN the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms naming former Philadelphia Eagles DC Sean McDermott to the same position with the Panthers. In line with the common theme of the Panthers this off-season they saw a guy they liked, moved quickly and locked him up.
For those concerned about McDermott rest assured that this will not be his defense alone, it will be a collaborative effort with head coach Ron Rivera. McDermott and his Jim Johnson training has utilized some of the most creative 4-3 blitzing in the NFL and paired with Rivera who led the NFL's #1 defense in 2010, Panthers fans should be in for a treat in 2011.
We will see a very aggressive style of defense in Carolina for the first time in a while. The prior two seasons under Ron Meeks utilized a very relaxed cover-2 scheme that concentrated on preventing the big play, rather than making plays on defense themselves. I can only imagine what defensive packages we'll see Carolina utilize with Greg Hardy and Everette Brown on 3rd down situations, also Thomas Davis will be more of an 'x-factor' on defense.
I don't know about you, but I think this is a truly fantastic hire.