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

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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  • djassassinhd

    nakamura sucks and needs to stay on special teams

  • Jimmy Powell

    I hope with all my heart that we get rid of the failed try at a back-up safety for #20 in Baltimore! Nakamura was a bust from the moment he stepped off the plane here in NC since he did not bring 20 with him. I mean the game in Atl that we really won in every way except the score, said all I wanted to ever hear from this guy. How do you as a safety, give a receiver a 30 yard cushion, and still let him beat you and get behind you?? R.White is fast, but he is not the fastest receiver in the NFL, shoot he wasn’t the fastest on that team!! And you let him go by you like you were standing still!! This is not the job for him. He may be the nicest person ever, but facts are facts! Let someone who can play safety play safety. And send this guy back to Baltimore or wherever he wants to go to. But not here anymore please!!

  • ahrcshaw

    I’ll give the benifit of the doubt, I will also add that the DC made some bad calls last year as well, people are human and they will make mistakes. There is definately going to be a difference in the defense this year, hopefully there will be no major injuries, but even there we have debth. It is very difficult for a DB to have to play pass protector and run stopper. When a DB gets 10 or more run tackels there is definately a problem in the front 7. That said, in the Atlanta game and Chicago game Nakamura should never have let his man get past him. There is no excuse for this had Ryan dropped it off that would have been different, but to throw to a spot and let the receiver beat you is inexcuseable. Go Panthers.