Eric Washington, the new Panthers defensive coordinator, prides himself in physical aggressive defense that has guided Carolina’s front four to being one of the most productive units in the NFL since Washington arrived in 2012.
The Panthers defensive line has produced more sacks than any other defensive line in football since 2012. (219.0) The Panthers were third in sacks in 2017, second in 2016, and first in 2013. They have been in the top 10 for total sacks in five of the past six seasons.
The Panthers are a defensive-oriented team and they haven’t just excelled at getting to the quarterback, but have also been excellent at stopping the run. The Panthers run-defense has finished in the top six in the NFL four of the past 6 years, including the number 3 ranking in 2017 and the number two rush-defense in 2013. Carolina has produced a top 10 overall defense in five of the past 6 seasons.
The Panthers defensive line is also backed up by some outstanding linebackers. Keuchly, Davis and Thompson are one of the very best units in the NFL. Having a defensive line that can free up the backers and let them run free and make tackles are exactly what you want in a defensive line. Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, the Panthers defensive tackles, are one of the best duos in the league and are excellent at stopping the run.
The strength of this Panthers defense is the front seven, and it would not be what it has been the last few years without Eric Washington’s development and physical mindset that he instills in his players.
Washington and his defensive lines have always prided themselves on their ability to stop the run and rush the passer. Washington is a coach that gets the most out of his players and brings the intensity and attention to detail needed to be successful in the NFL.
Much of the Panthers success on defense the last few years can be reflected back to Washington, the man behind the curtains.
Washington will lead a talented, stout Carolina defense into the 2018 season.