Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?

Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?

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Preview 2018: Charlotte 49ers. Experienced, But Better?


What You Need To Know About The Charlotte Defense

– Just like on the offensive side, Charlotte is making a change on defense. In comes Glenn Spencer, a good veteran who made a name for himself at Oklahoma State. On the plus side, all 11 starters are back and there wasn’t a senior on the final two-deep. However, the team was dead last in Conference USA in total defense, tackles for loss, and struggled mightily at getting into the backfield. It all starts with …

– The secondary has to do something to change a game around. There weren’t enough busted up passes, there weren’t enough third down stops, and the defensive backs that allowed a league-worst 249 yards per game combined to pick off a grand total of one pass – LB Juwan Foggie got the other. Safeties Ben DeLuca and Ed Rolle might be the team’s two best players, but everyone has to do a lot more. They need help from …

– The defensive line has to get behind the line. The defense generated just 11 sacks on the year in the former 3-4 alignment, but at least there’s a little bit of bulk. 301-pound Timmy Horne is one of the few big bodies up front, but there are a few thumpers in the linebacking corps.

The 237-pound Foggie and the 233-pound Jeff Gemmell can play, and now 245-pound outside linebacker Tyriq Harris will be a hybrid type working on the end.

Biggest Key To The Charlotte Defense

Do one thing reasonably well – preferably against the pass. The run defense didn’t get destroyed by anyone but the good offenses on the schedule, but the secondary was repeatedly ripped.

Getting 200 yards on this group wasn’t a problem, with quarterbacks connecting on 69% of their passes – and it’s not like Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold were on the slate. Seven times Charlotte allowed a QB to hit 71% of his passes or better. However, this should be one of the team’s biggest areas of improvement with a little bit of time.

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