Minter predicts big night for Carolina defense

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For most of his career, safety Mike Minter was the unofficial spokesman for the Carolina Panthers' defense. Even though he's retired, Minter's still filling that role.

Minter, along with former teammates Mike Rucker and Wesley Walls, took part in Monday Night Football's Chalk Talk Luncheon Series this afternoon. Minter was asked about Carolina's recent defensive struggles and predicted his former teammates will bounce back strong tonight.

"We've had a little trouble,'' Minter said. "But it's a long season. Unless you're the 1985 Chicago Bears, you're not going to dominate every game. But I had a little talk with them and that Carolina Panther defense is going to be ready tonight.''