I, like all Panthers fans should, cannot say enough about our defense this year. There just aren't enough superlatives to go around. So just how impressive were Rivera and McDermott this year?
Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Mike Mitchell, Quintin Mikell, Melvin White, Chase Blackburn, Drayton Florence, AJ Klein, Robert Lester, Colin Cole...these guys combined for 82 starts (and Short might as well have started with the snaps he played) and combined for 146 games played per pro-football-reference...what do these guys all have in common? They were not Panthers last year.
So we were able to field the 2nd best defense statistically in yards and scoring, while playing with a ton of new guys in our system. Hat tip to our coaches for putting these guys in positions to excel and perform at a high level. Our secondary was undersized and outmatched, but we found a way to not only allow them to hold up, but to play fairly well. Can't wait to see what next year will hold for us if we continue to infuse young talent with a veteran presence and coach em up. The deadskins loss passing on McDermott is our gain, let's hope CLE keeps their filthy hands off him....KEEP POUNDING