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December 13, 2013

Captain Munnerlyn chuckles, responds to "weakest link" call out

Captain Munnerlyn knew what the question was going to be Friday afternoon as soon as he heard ‘Santonio Holmes.’

The Panthers cornerback mustered a chuckle before offering his response to the Jets wide receiver who called out the Panthers’ secondary as “the weakest link on their defense.”

“He’s a great receiver. He’s an elite receiver,” Munnerlyn said. “It’s funny to me because we just go out there and play football and let our numbers speak for themselves. We’re ranked fifth in the league (in pass defense) for a reason. Everybody’s going to talk about the front seven and how well they do and how they put pressure on the quarterback. Hey, that’s part of the game.

“You’ve got to have a great defensive line to have good DBs or great DBs to help you out. Some of the plays they make is because of us and some of the plays that we make is because of them.

“We just look at it as a unit and go out there and keep playing football. If he feels that way, there’s a game that’s going to be played at 4:05 on Sunday and we’ll see what’s going to happen then.”

Ron Rivera said “it’s the way it is” in response to Holmes’ comment.

“People are going to say what they want to say. That’s fine,” Rivera said. “But that’s why you play them on Sunday to find out. Something I learned in all my years of playing, it’s all about showing up on Sunday and we’ll see how it goes. That’s why you play.”

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 13, 2013 at 01:40 PM | Permalink


Panthers D not the team to talk smack about

Posted by: Aaron | Dec 13, 2013 1:44:42 PM

stats dont mean crap. go out there and punch them in the mouth with three interceptions. the jets have made fun of the panthers twice now. we dont have to return the favor with words. i hope the jets get embarrassed so they will shut their mouths for good. enjoy watching the legion of whom play next month on the couch.

Posted by: zac jones | Dec 13, 2013 1:56:15 PM

go ahead and start production on the Santonio Holmes edition "Ice Up" signs and sweatshirts.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2013 2:19:32 PM

LOL CAPTAIN. How many pass defenses did you have again on Sunday against the Saints? How many big pass plays have gone against YOU specifically this year b/c you can't cover anybody in the slot for crap?

Oh thats right, EVERY SINGLE BIG PLAY was against YOU. Let's not forget the article from pro football focus that I linked to the CO 2 years ago that showed statistically you were the WORST DB in the league allowing a 121 qb rating thrown your way with 95% conversion rates against you. The only DB worse then you was Quientin Jammer, LOL!!!!!

Posted by: Nuoc | Dec 13, 2013 3:01:10 PM

As a Panther fan, nothing about Holmes's comments offended me. He just said out loud what every Panther fan already knows. If they don't like it, then go out there and prove him wrong. Simple as that.

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 13, 2013 3:19:08 PM

I see nothing wrong with how Capt. answered that. Actually he answered that perfectly.

Posted by: Hef | Dec 13, 2013 3:32:42 PM

Our front 7 would make any teams secondary the weak link. Im just glad we brought in Mikel, Mitchell, Florence, and Lester to the mix with Godfrey. The weak link got a lot stronger this year.

Posted by: Duzey | Dec 13, 2013 4:22:15 PM


I would respectfully disagree. That secondary is really bad.

Posted by: Steven | Dec 13, 2013 4:24:11 PM

Every time our QB got more then 2 seconds to throw, they completed. 3 seconds and it was 50 yard bombs. People think we had a close game against Seattle, and we did, but look at his total passing yards in the end. 349, I don't consider that "3rd best in the league". Miami should have beat us but Wallace butter fingered 2 big bombs. Glennon had it going the first match up and just faded but he did connect on 2 40+ yard passes when he tried.

I'm a season ticket holder since the first season. But I don't drink the kool-aid. You can easily tell a bandwagon fan. This includes the CO writers. You guys drink the kool-aid way too much.

Posted by: Nuoc | Dec 13, 2013 4:35:12 PM

They had a bad game - against Breeze - at the Dome - after the Saints got smacked around the week before - at the end of an 8 game win streak. Holmes is going to find out the hard way these guys can play.

Posted by: Duzey | Dec 13, 2013 4:42:45 PM

Nuoc said "Oh thats right, EVERY SINGLE BIG PLAY was against YOU"

Here's a tip, WHENEVER you use an all or nothing phrase like "every single..." you are usually wrong!

No, not every single big play was against Capt. Big plays have come against all the DBs and also against Kuechly. Your comment only proves that either you have NOT watched all the games or just are not basing your comments upon facts!

Posted by: John | Dec 13, 2013 4:47:53 PM

Capt. gets a lot of action his way on third and longs

Posted by: Duzey | Dec 13, 2013 5:00:48 PM

do you guys look around the league?! corners are getting ate up everywhere.

the teams that have lower passing yard stats are because they can't stop the run or teams are scoring so easily and early that they don't need to pass anymore.

corners give up big plays. the nfl has geared the rules towards it. but one thing our corners have done GREAT this year.........tackling the guy who just caught the 50 yard bomb. we haven't given up too many big play touchdowns. a lot of those bombs ended in Field goals and a few in turnovers.

our defensive scheme allows for a bomb or 2 every game. we don't always have a safety in position over top and corners can NOT be expected to cover underneath AND over top. nobody does that.

and there's no doubt that it's the biggest weakness on our team - but that's not saying a whole lot. our d-line is stacked. we have playmakers, we have 2 of the best linebackers in the league. we have all-pro linemen. we have elite running backs. we have a great young QB. of course secondary is the weakness. doesn't mean it's THAT bad. look at how badly josh gordon gashed aqib talib. talib is one of the best corners in the game.

just like brees is one of the best QB's in one of the best offenses in the league.

and anybody who doesn't think mykell, mitchell, florence were upgrades over nakamura, martin, and gamble haven't watched much. the big loss has been godfrey being out. he would have had a major impact on this season.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2013 5:42:28 PM

I very well remember you when you played at SC I was absolutely amazed that you drafted at all. Tennessee burned you bad, secondary is extremely weak in all aspects, coverage has been embarrassed, need to draft someone with the speed of Ted Ginn that can read the plays.

Posted by: everette | Dec 13, 2013 6:11:53 PM

Ha! Godfrey is an absolute disaster. Another one of Hurney''s overpaid busts. He graded out as one of the worst safeties in the league last year. No coincidence the Defense is finally good with him and Sherrod Martin (Hurney bust) gone

Posted by: Fred | Dec 13, 2013 7:54:39 PM

Captain, you struggled at USC and Im surprised you made an NFL team at all. Either improve or get ready to be cut loose next year.

Posted by: Brent Grayson | Dec 13, 2013 11:29:15 PM

Don't talk back......Just wait till Afta da game & say: Ice Up Son! ICE UP

Posted by: Gregory Catman Good | Dec 13, 2013 11:47:42 PM

Every team playing the Panthers going forward know that Captain M will try to strip the ball first and tackle second. He is shorter than most DB's and those WR"s 6 feet and taller WILL HAVE an advantage. I believe most teams will challenge our LB#59 to test his pass coverage abilities. By now most opponents know the covers the field very well. The next three teams know,like the Saints,that CAM starts the game off very slow and when rushed he tends to not set-up properly, before he delivers the ball. I hope he focused and think quicker than he has in previous games. The remaining teams will bliss the Panthers, llke the Saints did to sack and hurt CAM(hurt CAM and you know the rest). Finally, during the next DRAFT, we need to DRAFT TWO MEANS DT's weighing not less than 325 pounds and standing at least 6"3". GO PANTHERS AND WIN THE NEXT THREE GAMES.
Shedrick Williams

Posted by: Shedrick Williams | Dec 14, 2013 9:34:58 AM

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