Respect for Carolina's defense is spreading

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Carolina's defense may not get the nation-wide respect it did in the Panthers' 2003 Super Bowl season. That's starting to change. In their past three victories, the Panthers held opponents to single digits in scoring. It's only a matter of time, and a few more strong games, before this defense starts being mentioned as one of the league's elite.

"I see a good defense,'' Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner said of the defense he'll play Suday. "Solid across the board, making plays, not giving up a lot of big plays. I see a good defense. I know maybe nationally they're not getting the respect they deserve, but in this locker room and in locker rooms around the ;eague, people have taken notice of who they aredefensively, who they are as a football team. We give them a bunch of credit. In the amount of film that I watched, I see a very good, solid defense and one that you know that you have to be on top of your game if you want to be successful against them.''