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October 17, 2011

Panthers using more 3-man fronts

At his introductory press conference in January, Ron Rivera mentioned the possibility of mixing in the 3-4 with the Panthers' traditional 4-3 scheme.

In a Week 6 loss at Atlanta, the Panthers unveiled the look for three plays. Two were successful, one resulted in a long run for the Falcons.

But it sounds like the Panthers will continue to use the 3-4 and could possibly evolve into a base 3-4 team by next season. Before arriving in Carolina, Rivera ran the 3-4 as San Diego's defensive coordinator.

I know he feels very confident in the 3-4 and what it brings to the table. And knows its strengths and weaknesses. And he has shared them with me,” said defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who ran the 4-3 in Philly. “That's part of the reason, quite frankly, that I came down here – so we could get together and merge our systems together. I think in due time you'll see that and you'll see the effectiveness of both.”

Against the Falcons, Carolina used defensive ends Charles Johnson and Antwan Applewhite as stand-up, outside linebackers, and lined up James Anderson and Dan Connor at inside linebacker.

Ron Fields lined up as the nose guard, although rookie Frank Kearse has experience there, too.

Applewhite, who was with Rivera in San Diego, likes the scheme as a change-up. But Applewhite said the Panthers would need an offseason to install it if they wanted to make it their base defense.

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on October 17, 2011 at 03:58 PM | Permalink

Comments

NOTHING could be any worse. Let's give it a shot.

Posted by: Yes we can't | Oct 17, 2011 4:18:54 PM

this guy sounds clueless nothing has worked in pre season in philly and now

Posted by: Shannon | Oct 17, 2011 4:51:27 PM

How about the 2-5, since it appears the only two good linemen are Johnson and Hardy.

Posted by: Spam | Oct 17, 2011 5:06:32 PM

How about the 2-5, since it appears the only two good linemen are Johnson and Hardy.

Posted by: Spam | Oct 17, 2011 5:06:39 PM

Whatever, just fix it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mike | Oct 17, 2011 5:24:00 PM

Lining up Johnson at OLB in a 3-4 base only lets the opposing offense know for certain which side they can expect the OLB blitz to come from, as I don't see Johnson as an effective drop-back coverage OLB. I do think the idea of mixing up the defensive schemes is a good one, but don't think the current personnel is suited for much more than a 4-3 scheme. That said, we're getting run on whether we line up with 3 or 4 defensive linemen. If a switch in scheme can help our pass defense to become average at best, I guess it can't hurt.

Posted by: The A-Train | Oct 17, 2011 5:27:09 PM

How about a 6-4 with two cornerbacks and two safeties as well. That might do the trick.

Posted by: jeff | Oct 17, 2011 5:42:17 PM

None of it is likely to work until we get better play at the DT position, those guys just get thrown out of the way for the whole game. The 3-4 requires a beast at NT, which we don't have at this time. Could work as a change up for now but we will continue to get killed no matter the scheme until we get stronger in the middle.

Posted by: Kenny | Oct 17, 2011 7:07:37 PM

everette brown was a 3-4 linebacker! should have went 3-4 from the start! hardy, johnson ends! drafted or signed nose tackles! only problem is all linebackers are hurt! can't tell how good secondary is because they have all become run stoppers. Godfrey is always out of place because he is our best run stopper!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 17, 2011 7:42:37 PM

I know the defense needs the most upgrade, but wide receiver Brandon Lloyd went to the Rams for a 6th round pick. The way we draft sounds like it would have been a great deal for us.....just sayin.

Posted by: Chris G. | Oct 17, 2011 9:41:00 PM

I know the defense needs the most upgrade, but wide receiver Brandon Lloyd went to the Rams for a 6th round pick. The way we draft sounds like it would have been a great deal for us.....just sayin.

Posted by: Chris G. | Oct 17, 2011 9:41:12 PM

Panthers do not have the personnel to run a 3-4. It's a waste of time to try to work it in more, it's a waste of the money Jerry just spent for a good 4-3 DE and the 3 starting LBs. The LBs can't shed blockers now. They dang well won't be able to in a 3-4. Hurney & Rivera need to look at the real issue and that's the players they brought in. They can't get the job done period.

Posted by: Mark | Oct 18, 2011 3:31:50 PM

I kind of like this idea. We don't have the personnel to run a base 3-4 but if we throw it in we can confuse the offense a bit and maybe catch the offense in the wrong protection. I noticed that Applewhite made some good plays as OLB in the 3-4 plays we ran. Next year we will get Ron Edwards back and he can be the NT anchor we need to install a base 3-4. Anything has to be better than what we have now.

Posted by: Justin | Oct 18, 2011 3:43:38 PM

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