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April 12, 2012

Anderson: Expect more pressure from Panther defense

James Anderson hears draft experts talk about how the Panthers need to use the ninth pick on a player that can improve the NFL's 28th-ranked defense from 2011.

But Anderson, the seventh-year linebacker, isn't necessarily buying it.

Like many in the organization, Anderson is optimistic the Panthers' three biggest defensive additions will come off the injured list -- linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis and defensive tackle Ron Edwards, each of whom missed all or most of last season.

"I don't feel like we have a major need or a major key area on defense. I feel like we have the people we have on the roster that are healthy, we're all able to put the whole system in and get on the same page," Anderson said. "We'll definitely be a unit to be reckoned with."

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney has talked about the importance of defending the pass in a quarterback-driven league and division. That includes finding players who can cover backs, tight ends and receivers, and identifying players who can get to the quarterback.

Defensive end Charles Johnson didn't have a lot of help in 2011. Johnson finished with nine sacks, while DEs Greg Hardy and Thomas Keiser were tied for second with four apiece.

Anderson, an effective blitzer, saw his sack total drop from 3.5 in 2010 to 1.5 last year. Overall, the Panthers finished with 31 sacks, same as 2010.

But Anderson expects the Panthers' pressure to increase in year two under coordinator Sean McDermott, who had about five weeks to install his defense following the lockout last summer.

"Pass rushing and getting sacks – that's making big plays. So having that ability, I think this year I might have the opportunity to do a little more. It just depends on what they have me and Thomas doing," Anderson said.

"I'm quite sure when coach McDermott gets his whole, full system in, you'll see everybody going after the quarterback."

--Joseph Person




Posted by Observer Sports on April 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM | Permalink


Why those guys aren't "biggest additions":

1. Thomas Davis has had 1, count it 1, good season. Underperformed prior to that, injured after that.

2. Jon Beason is perhaps the most overrated defensive Panther in team history. Anderson taking his tackle title last season attests to that. Where is Anderson's pro bowl? Beason performed until he got his contract, that's it.

3. Ron Edwards? Come on man. He was cut and not on a team when they picked him up, PRIOR to free agency. Know what that means? No one wanted him.

Every year Hurney rests on his bust defensive draft picks and ignores free agency, using terms like "11 returning starters" or, "coming back from injury". And every year the defense blows. Expect nothing different this year.

Posted by: Frank | Apr 12, 2012 2:33:28 PM

Hey, Frank, Beaston was INJURED after he got paid. You know what that means? It means he was HURT and couldn't play. Ron Edwards was picked up AFTER free agency began last year. Get your facts straight.

Posted by: panthers4life | Apr 12, 2012 2:40:11 PM

Frank, you sauid Beason performed until he got his contract...which is last year, lol. Beason is a tackling machine, he's all over the field.

Edwards was a cap cut in KC, notice how their defense took a step back this year?

And havin reggie smith, or i'd prefer Haruki, playing FS instead of Martin will stop alot of big plays.

Posted by: mitch | Apr 12, 2012 2:43:00 PM

panthers4life, refer to mitch's post re: Edwards. Fool.

both of you, Beason (panthers4life can't spell) signed his contract prior to last season aka in the offseason. As stated he performed until he got his contract, prior to the start of last season. So he was a tackling machine all over the field last season, the first season AFTER his new contract? Uh, ok. New contract = no performance after.

I like the Panthers too, but I don't use revisionist history to make myself feel good about them. Come on guys.

Posted by: Frank | Apr 12, 2012 3:02:06 PM

@Frank.Beason overrated ? HA! HA ! Your just blabbing hot air. Look up the stats so you don't look stupid. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/10469/jon-beason

Posted by: bryant80 | Apr 12, 2012 3:42:09 PM

Too late. He already looks, sounds, and smells stupid

Posted by: kooldood | Apr 12, 2012 4:48:57 PM


Your 3:02 post... I think that you think you are somehow proving Panther4Life wrong. But you said exactly the same thing as he did, and then call him a fool. Me thinks you may have the PhD in Revisionist History. (And I agree with bryant and kooldood, you are stupid AND I'll add that you are a dumba$$).

Posted by: Kyla | Apr 12, 2012 5:09:11 PM

Not mentioned by Anderson is the hope of getting Brandon Hogan at CB. Hoping this kid gets involved in the D and lives up to his hype. This addition and replacing Martin should certainly give the others time to chase down QBs.

Posted by: JAR | Apr 12, 2012 5:35:56 PM

I kind of have to agree about Beason being a bit overrated. He gets a lot of tackles but really doesn't make many big impact plays.

Posted by: Reed | Apr 12, 2012 9:11:09 PM

Frank, you are an idiot. Beason performed well, got his contract, and then got hurt. He didn't become lazy or content. He got hurt. Idiot! BEASTon = common nickname among Panther fans for Jon Beason

Posted by: zach | Apr 13, 2012 12:32:49 AM

Hogan is the best dang player ive never hardly seen play for the panthers. Did he even play at all last year? We definitely need help at corner.

Posted by: tomb43 | Apr 13, 2012 1:27:52 AM

Corner with our second pick maybe poe is there at #9 overall and then go lb with third pick

Posted by: tomb43 | Apr 13, 2012 1:30:16 AM

I don't actually trust Rivera and McDermott. Chud's a stud, but I think he may be the only coaching talent on the roster. I was so glad we're getting another shot with him but I hate that if he's successful he'll get a HC gig somewhere else. How terrible was our defense last year? And Rivera's a defensive coach...

Posted by: sfinsf | Apr 13, 2012 2:07:36 AM

Thanks Smith! Love you man! I smell 2008 all over again for the draft! Two selections in the 1st for us and also another record setting of trades by teams. We were one of the teams--Traded with Philadelphia*. Ala Stewart and Otah*. If it is Quinton Coples that is available when we select at selection #9 then get him. Nonetheless get Fletcher Cox. Get back in the 1st round and get Dre KirkPatrick. Yes that means giving up next years 1st and this years 2nd probably and switching 5th round picks with the team. We are going to win the Super Bowl in New Orleans so it will not affect. It is a dream I know but what a dream. The defense would be signed sealed and delivered to go help the offense and special teams win it all! GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: BofA Fan | Apr 13, 2012 3:24:44 AM

Top ten draft picks should not be a risk. Taking a defensive tackle @ #9 is a risk IMHO. Take Keuchly (spelling)-he is a sure thing and will be the best value should Beason or Davis go down again.

Posted by: SC Ken | Apr 13, 2012 9:31:53 AM

Thank you Zach. Frank, it is clear you are not a fan. BEASTon has been a nickname since the beginning. Also, how bout you try and make your point insteand of being the grammar God. This isn't English class. So if you wanna argue, argue with facts (that you apparently do not have) and stop trying to sound smart.

Posted by: Panthers4life | Apr 13, 2012 9:37:03 AM

Fact: Jon BEASTon did not earn his contract last year. Fact: James Anderson broke Jon BEASTon's tackle record last year. Fact: Anderson does not get nearly the hype of Jon BEASTon but is equal or better than him. Fact: Jon BEASTon is overrated and doesn't live up to this childish nickname you and your cousin Zach are referring to...

Posted by: Frank | Apr 13, 2012 12:49:55 PM

beason was a leader on this team his rookie year, beason is a leader, so what andersen broke his record, still the defense wa 28th, we need beason, fact..

Posted by: pantherlife | Apr 13, 2012 6:19:12 PM

Look Frank, I love Anderson, I have nothing against the guy. But Beason is still an amazing backer and a pivotal player. No need to diss the guy. I haven't dissed Anderson, and I will NEVER diss a Panthers player that contributes. You can't argue the numbers, Beason does contribute too.

Posted by: Panthers4life | Apr 14, 2012 10:06:33 PM

did contribute as in the past, yes i agree with you. does contribute as in now? no. future and going forward? we will see.

depends on how much motivation he has now that he's paid. as of now all he's shown me is he played for his first contract extension.

Posted by: Frank | Apr 16, 2012 11:18:18 AM

Injured players tend to stay that way more often than not.

Posted by: Sports don | Apr 18, 2012 7:58:13 AM

Frank since beason came In da league hes been second right behind willis and he got injured last year which is when he got da money home boy so talk wat u know

Posted by: David | Apr 18, 2012 10:55:56 PM

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