Panthers are not completely shifting to the 3-4

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It’s easy to see why some might think the Carolina Panthers are switching things up on defense. But they’re not changing it to the extent some might suggest.

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In an item at yesterday, former NFL personnel man Mike Lombardi made reference to the Panthers switching to a 3-4 system. The item was later edited to read: “mixing in elements of the 3-4.”

Two Panthers sources said last night (one in stronger terms than the other) there was no intention to change their base defense, and any use of the 3-4 would be situational.

It’s been considered by many that Ron Rivera might want to make such a move, given his background with the 3-4 and the Panthers abject lack of pass-rush. The only problem is their personnel doesn’t really fit the style. Read more here…


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