Dec 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (41) looks across the line before the snap during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Captain Munnerlyn: Panthers Can Be NFL's Top Defense

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Last season Ron Rivera’s defense was ranked 1oth in the NFL (based on yardage allowed per game). The Carolina Panthers weakness is their secondary but with a solid front seven making quarterbacks uncomfortable their secondary plays at better level.

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn disagrees and sees no weaknesses in the secondary.

“Nobody (is) really giving us a chance in the secondary, you know, to be great, or having any talent in the secondary. For me, being a leader in the secondary, it’s my opportunity to step up and be that guy,” Munnerlyn told WFNZ-AM on Tuesday. “… It’s going to be scary how good (this team) can be. And I’m excited about this year. I feel like we can be the top defense in (the NFL).”

Munnerlyn reminded listeners that line backer Jon Heason was returning, Greg Hardy was improving as an edge pass rusher. The Panthers also drafted Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. The question marks are at safety. Penciled in right now are Charles Godfrey and an unproven Haruki Nakamura.

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