Panthers: First Half Grades – Defense
With a 3-5 record and in last place among the NFC South division, the Carolina Panthers are in need of a second half turnaround for a return to the playoffs…
In order to return to the playoffs, or even compete for a playoff position, the Carolina Panthers will need to display some inspired play throughout the second half of the season. Through eight games, Carolina is 3-5 and far below the expectations of both the media and fans entering the season.
How did the defense perform during the first half of the season?
Continue to see grades for each of the individual defensive units as it relates to their first half performance. However, be forewarned that these grades reflect individual performances and the unit as a group. On pace for a 6-10 season after eight games, these are the report cards you hide from your parents and hope that a signature return is not required.
It is not all doom and gloom in Carolina. The team is 2-0 since the bye week and the defensive pass rush appears to be rejuvenated. However, after struggling through the first six games of the season, continued pressure up front and solid secondary play will be needed moving forward.
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With eight weeks remaining there is still plenty of football left in 2016. The Carolina Panthers have won two in a row and are hoping to continue turning the corner as they prepare to battle for a playoff position. However, as evidenced by the first half grades, improved play is necessary among the secondary and in special teams.