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Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly comments on coaching changes

The Carolina Panthers will bring a four-game losing streak into Sunday’s matchup with the Cleveland Browns.

We’re past the finger-pointing stage that accompanies every unexpected losing streak. Figurative heads have begun rolling already, with two defensive coaches being fired earlier this week.

Whether or not Brady Hoke and Jeff Imamura were responsible for the team’s failures is up for debate (they weren’t), but what really matters is how the team responds and adapts with coach Ron Rivera now calling the shots on defense.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly hopes the firings will wake the defense up, per Joseph Person at the Athletic.

And it’s unfortunate that sometimes it takes that. . . But I think guys in this room understand that the season’s at kind of a point now where we either start winning games or we’re gonna be in trouble. I don’t think it should take coaches that do a good job getting let go for us to wake up. But if that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes.

It’s been a hard fall for a team that prides itself on defense. Last year, the Panthers allowed a respectable, if not ideal, 22.7 points per game. This season, they’re giving up nearly three more points per game (25.3) and they’ve dropped from No. 7 in defensive DVOA down to No. 27.

Personnel is a major part of the problem. Carolina remains stacked at linebacker, but their failure to find fresh blood for the defensive line has finally come back to haunt them. The team also desperately needs more depth in the secondary.

Addressing those two areas this offseason should be a priority for Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney.

For now, the Panthers have to find a way to start defending (and winning) again despite a fundamentally flawed roster. If they get it done and somehow sneak their way back into the playoffs, expect the always-excellent Kuechly to be literally right in the middle of it.

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