Panthers DC Sean McDermott said they'll "experiment more" with the 3-4 defense in 2013.
"Would we like to do more? Absolutely. How much of it? We'll see," said McDermott. The main reasoning behind the desire is that Carolina has four quality linebackers in Luke Kuechly, Jon Beason, Thomas Davis, and James Anderson. "We've got to get all of those guys on the field," McDermott added. Mike Clay of Pro Football Focus, and Rotoworld contributor, said the Panthers ran zero base 3-4 snaps in 2012, playing 39 snaps in the 3-3-5 nickel defense.-rotoCam Newton said on Friday that he is "excited" to work with new OC Mike Shula.
Newton said the continuity was important, and he went as far to credit Shula, then QBs coach, for his development over the second half of 2012. "I've been talking to [Shula] and he's been giving me some ideas to think about. I think it's going to be a working process, but at the same time we're going to have fun and take it to higher heights," Newton said. "I think a lot of credit goes to him with me honing in to a lot of things that he's been coaching me up to do."
I like it. I think actually we could have a pretty awesome 3-4 front, especially in passing/long yardagte situations. Hardy/Johnson at DE, one of the Edwardses at NT, put Anderson and TD on the outsides (assuming they're both here), and Kuechly/Beason on the interior. In addition, you could maybe even stand up a Keiser or a Alexander on the outside at OLB, or even stand up Hardy or Johnson and use both of the Edwardses on the line. Anyways, I'm rambling, but we have a lot of athletic pieces that we could move around in a 3-4 and create winnable match-ups.