The Carolina Panthers are on an incredible seven game win streak that has them sitting at 8-3 and in a wild card spot for the playoffs. Part of their run has been because of their defense’s stellar play. They rank seventh against the pass and third against the run. Despite their performance, the secondary lacks the stars and names some of the league’s other secondaries.
“We just call each other the No-Name Secondary. That’s why we take pictures sometimes with our backs turned, pointing to our names,” said Captain Munnerlyn, via the Charlotte Observer.
Gruden dubbed the group the “Legion of Whom” on Monday Night Football. It was a play off Seattle’s “Legion of Boom.”
“I think Jon Gruden said something on ‘Monday Night Football’ about the Legion of Whom. It doesn’t bother us,” Munnerlyn added. “We will be relevant. When you play the Carolina Panthers’ secondary, you’ll know that you played us because we’re going to go out and make plays.”
According to defensive back Drayton Florence, it all started during a preseason game against the Ravens.
“The announcers were pretty much disrespecting us, saying they didn’t know any of the guys in the secondary. Me, being one of the older guys, took offense to that,” Florence said. “We’ve just been using it as motivation every week. They might not know us going into the game, but after (they will). Especially these last eight weeks, facing Tom Brady, one of the better quarterbacks in this league, and Matt Ryan, another top-tier quarterback.”