Eric Washington, the new Panthers defensive coordinator, prides himself in physical aggressive defense that has guided Carolina’s front four to being one of the most productive units in the NFL since Washington arrived in 2012.
The Panthers defensive line has produced more sacks than any other defensive line in football since 2012. (219.0) The Panthers were third in sacks in 2017, second in 2016, and first in 2013. They have been in the top 10 for total sacks in five of the past six seasons.
The Panthers are a defensive-oriented team and they haven’t just excelled at getting to the quarterback, but have also been excellent at stopping the run. The Panthers run-defense has finished in the top six in the NFL four of the past 6 years, including the number 3 ranking in 2017 and the number two rush-defense in 2013. Carolina has produced a top 10 overall defense in five of the past 6 seasons.
The Panthers defensive line is also backed up by some outstanding linebackers. Keuchly, Davis and Thompson are one of the very best units in the NFL. Having a defensive line that can free up the backers and let them run free and make tackles are exactly what you want in a defensive line. Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, the Panthers defensive tackles, are one of the best duos in the league and are excellent at stopping the run.
The strength of this Panthers defense is the front seven, and it would not be what it has been the last few years without Eric Washington’s development and physical mindset that he instills in his players.
Washington and his defensive lines have always prided themselves on their ability to stop the run and rush the passer. Washington is a coach that gets the most out of his players and brings the intensity and attention to detail needed to be successful in the NFL.
Much of the Panthers success on defense the last few years can be reflected back to Washington, the man behind the curtains.
Washington will lead a talented, stout Carolina defense into the 2018 season.
Panthers Not Re-Signing Thomas Davis
Carolina Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis isn’t going to be returning to the team in 2019.
Davis, 35, has played his entire career in Carolina and intends on continuing his playing career, but he announced that the Panthers have informed him that they are not going to bring him back, planning to move in a “different direction” next season.
Panthers’ Thomas Davis Uncertain About Future
Carolina Panthers veteran linebacker Thomas Davis is uncertain about his future with the only team he has ever played for, the Panthers.
Davis has spent his entire 14-year career in Carolina and with free agency approaching , he isn’t sure if he will be back with the Panthers in 2019.
“If it’s up to me, it’s not,” Davis said, according to Max Henson of the Panthers’ official website.
“It’s extremely tough having that uncertainty, not really knowing what’s going to happen in the future. But at the same time, it’s out of my control, so it’s not something I can really dwell on. It’s all about going out and playing hard and competing for my teammates.”
Davis, who has contemplated retirement before, expressed his loyalty to the Panthers franchise.
“Man, I only want to wear these colors. I’ve expressed that over and over,” Davis said. “But at the same time, you know I don’t want to be put into a situation where I’m forced to walk away too early. We’ll see what happens.”
Panthers Place Shaq Thompson On IR
The Carolina Panthers have placed linebacker Shaq Thompson on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, which will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
Carolina made a similar decision in regards to quarterback Cam Newton, who they shut down for the season as well, due to a shoulder injury.
Thompson, 24, has enjoyed his best statistical season to date, collecting 3.5 sacks and 79 total tackles for Carolina this season.
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