Carolina Panthers’ Defense Really Missing Josh Norman

October 4, 2016 • James Cannida • Carolina Panthers, Features, Front Page, NFC South, Opinion

If you have never watched a game of football, and tuned into the NFL this year, you would think that the Carolina Panthers were one of the worst teams in football. The Panthers look nothing like a team that played in the Super Bowl just a year ago.

The Panthers have a host of problems right now, but the one problem that is the most noticeable is the absence of Josh Norman. The Pro Bowl cornerback is in D.C. doing his thing, and the Panthers secondary looks depleted without him roaming the defensive backfield.

A lot of teams always talk about the next man up, but Norman isn’t just the next man. Just ask Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons. Jones went crazy against the panthers secondary this past weekend. Jones torched them for 12 receptions, 300 yards and a touchdown in a 48-33 Atlanta victory.

Norman in Washington is playing the way he did in Carolina, racking up 23 tackles, 8 pass breakups, and one interception so far. Teams aren’t even challenging him.

All I know is that who ever decided to let him go needs to be fired. Corners like him don’t come along very often, and when they do you have to keep them until they hit their prime.

Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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