It hasn’t even been two years and they’re already talking about No. 59 as the league’s best linebacker. No. 59 is Luke Kuechly, of course. He’s the leader of the Panthers’ rejuvenated defense, one that struggled mightily last season but has come together to become stout this season. A big reason why is Kuechly, who has raised his play to another level against the run and pass, especially the latter.
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Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Carolina Panthers, The Tape Never Lies on Nov 15, 2013
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Carolina Panthers, The Tape Never Lies on Oct 03, 2013
The top player in the 2013 NFL draft is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NFL. It’s only been four weeks, but defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has been a force along the Carolina Panthers’ front seven.
After sliding to the No. 14 overall pick because of a heart condition, Lotulelei has done nothing but prove he should have been taken higher. He’s been versatile, aligning across the Panthers’ front, including at the one and three techniques, and he’s been a tough matchup because of his gap control, quickness, and power.
A big reason for his outstanding gap control is his intelligence. He picks the game up quickly, making it easier to defend the run.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under 2013 previews, Carolina Panthers on Aug 12, 2013
The Carolina Panthers are an odd mix for fake football, though mostly a good mix. There’s the mobile quarterback who’s sometimes also a goal-line running back, the receiver who won’t age ever, and the 800-yard tight end who can be snatched in the 10th round and beyond. Then there’s the backfield…
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under 2013 NFL draft, Carolina Panthers on Apr 08, 2013
During our near daily trips to Draft Preview town over the past few weeks (a thriving, bustling place in April), there’s often been two general team outlooks. There are teams with a definitive need in the first round, and it would be borderline shocking if said need wasn’t addressed. Then there are teams with multiple needs, so guessing which one will be prioritized often ends in mock tears during your mock drafting.
The Panthers definitely fall into the latter category. A defensive tackle feels like the first-round target, with pressure needed to support Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy coming off the edges. But support for Steve Smith is badly needed too, meaning the assumption (a dirty word in April) is that Carolina’s first two picks will be a defensive tackle and a wide receiver.
The Carolina Panthers have released CB Chris Gamble, according to the team’s official twitter account.
Chris Gamble cut. A year removed from holding QBs to 45% completion into his coverage and a passer rating of 53.3 in 2011 season
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 8, 2013
Gamble was taken with the 28th pick in the 2004 draft and led the NFC in interceptions as a rookie. He holds the Panthers franchise records for interceptions (27) and most passes defended (94). The Panthers gave Gamble a six-year $53 million contract with $23 million guaranteed on November 28th, 2008.
Jason La Confora reports the Panthers were desperate for cap space, and bit the bullet by releasing Gamble. An already shaky Panthers secondary gets that much weaker, with Captain Munnerlyn hitting free agency and second year pro Josh Norman becoming the number one CB.
Posted by Jake Goldsbie under Carolina Panthers on Mar 07, 2013
According to a report by Deadspin, leaked NFL documents have shown that, in the lead up to a potential lockout, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and his team were turning a profit of over $110 million while Richardson claimed that the business model was broken and his team was facing hard times. Deadspin’s report shows that the Panthers are not the struggling franchise they were thought to be and that, according to a business professor from the University of Oregon, their future is “very bright.”
Deadspin reported the following despite Richardson’s claims:
The statement is for the years ending March 31, 2011, and March 31, 2012. Over the first period, as Richardson argued that the NFL’s business model was hopelessly broken and steered the owners toward a showdown to extract more money from the players, the Panthers recorded an operating profit of $78.7 million. The team had gone 2-14 on the field, but Richardson and his partners were able to pay themselves $12 million.
The report goes on to say that while Richardson and the managing partners of the Panthers were able to pay themselves $12 million, Deadspin does not know if this is typical for they do not have access to other team’s financial records. However, it is believed that Richardson was taking what was fair.
Posted by Alen Dumonjic under Carolina Panthers, The Tape Never Lies on Dec 22, 2012
One of the most interesting stories this season has been the emergence of Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. The man who calls himself “Kraken” has notched 11 sacks on the year along with two forced fumbles, and he’s one of the most colorful characters in the NFL. Before he went by the moniker Kraken, he was known simply as “DK”.
It was at Briarcrest High School when Hardy first started to play football. Briarcrest was known for bringing in struggling students and very impressive athletes. The most famous was left tackle Michael Oher, who was the focus of the book The Blind Side and is now a Baltimore Raven, and Hardy was the next big talent to come through.