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Five reasons why the Carolina Panthers won’t win the NFC South

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2. Second-rate Secondary

Sep 8, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (15) makes a touchdown catch as Carolina Panthers strong safety Charles Godfrey (30) defends in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks defeated the Panthers 12-7 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no getting around the fact that the Carolina Panthers may have the best front seven in the NFC (maybe in the NFL). The secondary is a different story. Corners Melvin White and Antoine Cason can make some plays every now and then but they aren’t consistent enough to really shut down wide receivers.

I’ll give the Panthers an “A” for effort on trying to get new safeties. According to, both safeties are below average at their position. Thomas Decoud from Atlanta can make some plays now and then but he is also victimized in pass coverage. Roman Harper from New Orleans is a liability in coverage and his run coverage abilities are beginning to decline with age.