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NFL.com Article: Panthers Winning outcome, Losing Attitude

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LANDOVER, Md. -- Watching through a crowd of teammates who were standing along the sideline in front of his seat on the bench, [url="http://www.nfl.com/teams/carolinapanthers/profile?team=CAR"]Carolina Panthers[/url] defensive end [url="http://www.nfl.com/player/greghardy/496792/profile"]Greg Hardy[/url] saw all he needed to see. His offense, he thought, was giving the game away.
Hardy lifted his helmet, slammed it to the ground, shouted an expletive, and started down the sideline, so that more could hear him expressing his emotions. All while his team was beating the [url="http://www.nfl.com/teams/washingtonredskins/profile?team=WAS"]Washington Redskins[/url] by eight points. All with less than two minutes to play Sunday.
"I got a little emotional and said some things I'm not sure if I meant or not, but I wanted everybody to know," Hardy told NFL.com after [url="http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012110400/2012/REG9/panthers@redskins"]the Panthers' 21-13 win[/url]. "I wanted everybody to attack, even with a lead.


"You've got to be on your toes, not on your heels. I got a little emotional about that."
Emotional enough for Hardy -- who, when the [url="http://www.nfl.com/teams/carolinapanthers/profile?team=CAR"]Panthers[/url] were just 1:15 from their first victory since Sept. 16, had to be restrained by wide receiver [url="http://www.nfl.com/player/stevesmith/2507175/profile"]Steve Smith[/url] -- to apologize to coach [url="http://www.nfl.com/player/ronrivera/2524222/profile"]Ron Rivera[/url] in the locker room after the game.
Rivera's response, however, was interesting: No need to apologize, he told Hardy. None at all. The [url="http://www.nfl.com/teams/washingtonredskins/profile?team=WAS"]Redskins[/url] never should have had the late tying opportunity that sparked Hardy's outburst, and a little fire was apparently in order. If only it had come on the field instead.
"That's outstanding," Rivera later explained in a corner of the locker room. "We have to play with that type of emotion. This is an emotional game, and when you play with emotion, you give yourself an opportunity to win. Be in attack mode. Be aggressive."
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Have to get over that feeling that we are going somehow lose at the end of these games. Good on the Kraken for showing the fire though.
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brb ordering hardy jersey
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Great read on Hardy and the type of personality and passion he has.. Who better to calm down a 6'4" 300 lb man than none other than 5'9" Smitty?

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Its like a light bulb switched on for him im glad hardy's finally starting to get it.
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Good for Greg...jump their poo! Sounds like someone is showing some leadership.
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Hardy is giving it all he's got and it's awesome.
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Well they've been conditioned to these late game losses. Good to see hardy showing emotion over it, we need players to play with fire at the end of these games and close them out.
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Is it just me or can you see Hardy going to professional wrasslin after the NFL
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horrible title...obviously for the redskins market.

great read, though.

loved this:
[quote]"I got a little emotional and said some things I'm not sure if I meant or not, but I wanted everybody to know," Hardy told NFL.com after [url="http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2012110400/2012/REG9/panthers@redskins"]the Panthers' 21-13 win[/url]. "I wanted everybody to attack, even with a lead.[/quote]a-frikkin-men.

liked rivera's comments as well talking about hardy's outburst
[quote]"That's outstanding," Rivera later explained in a corner of the locker room. "We have to play with that type of emotion. This is an emotional game, and when you play with emotion, you give yourself an opportunity to win. Be in attack mode. Be aggressive."[/quote]i hope the whole team is fired up like that.

seems like a well needed sentimentality that is starting to take over the lockerroom.

don't ever get too comfortable with any lead. always be fighting. don't take that foot off the gas. just keep on pushing.
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btw...as much as i can't believe i'm saying it about hardy, this is the type leadership we need atm.
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I'm sure the whole "play to keep your job" has nothing to do with how much better Hardy is playing.

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[quote name='chknwing' timestamp='1352153556' post='1982875']
I'm sure the whole "play to keep your job" has nothing to do with how much better Hardy is playing.
[/quote]you don't start acting like that when your whole motivation is just keeping a job.

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Hardy is turning a corner on the field and on the bench? Luke looked like he got the message by the way he celebrated a the end. The young emerging players are defining this defense now. They are way more physical and they are definitely more animated than I've seen them. I don't remember seeing so many big hits out there, even when Fox was here, most of those teams didn't lay the wood that much.

We need to have some more intensity on offense. Shockey really brought the attitude that helped guide the younger guys. I just wish the offensive line was better so they could impose the run game more and get everyone into it.

Still have to take the option out of the offense and get back to pounding the football. It was working well against the Bears who are a top defense.
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this is the kind of fire and raw passion we've been clearly missing through the first portion of the season (and arguably through a huge chunk of last season, if not the entire thing.)

i hope it's infectious. if rivera's worth his poo as a coach he'll find a way to channel this.
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Hard to imagine after reading that that the players don't love Rivera... Have we all been wrong about him? We're we also wrong about Hurney? We're all certainly very emotionally involved with this team... But to times like these where I really question... What do we really know???? Even the most in tune fan doesn't know much, even though we'll all argue that we do until we're blue in the face.

One thing i think well agree with....It's hard not to be proud after a situation and win like that!
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Hardy looked like he was about to cry after the loss last week. He's putting his heart into the team. I'm starting to become a huge Hardy fan.
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[quote name='PhillyB' timestamp='1352154245' post='1982902']
this is the kind of fire and raw passion we've been clearly missing through the first portion of the season (and arguably through a huge chunk of last season, if not the entire thing.)

i hope it's infectious. if rivera's worth his poo as a coach he'll find a way to channel this.
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I think he already has... Someone posted earlier today that CJ tweeted that the players had the day off, and yet when he arrived at the stadium this am for extra work and film... That the parking lot was full. Not planned either
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[quote name='Floppin' timestamp='1352154627' post='1982917']
Hardy looked like he was about to cry after the loss last week. He's putting his heart into the team. I'm starting to become a huge Hardy fan.
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win one for the kraken!

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[quote name='TruCatzFan' timestamp='1352154714' post='1982918']


I think he already has... Someone posted earlier today that CJ tweeted that the players had the day off, and yet when he arrived at the stadium this am for extra work and film... That the parking lot was full. Not planned either
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It'd be nice to get some wins out of all this extra work they're putting in
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[quote]"You've got to be on your toes, not on your heels. I got a little emotional about that."[/quote]

Like the defense on Chicago's final drive?

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It'd be nice to get some wins out of all this extra work they're putting in
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This team came into a game at 1-6 and played their hearts out. I'm a believer when Rivera says that this team practices as if they're still in the hunt. We have a bright future... And although the hard work and determination hasn't resulted in W's on the field... I think that we now have changed our tides and these players have a WINNERS mentality. That's a huge step in future success.

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I'm proud of Hardy for speaking out and for his play on the field, but have a different take on this than some.

This team lacks in leadership and it manifests itself in an inability to close out games that are close, but it also manifests itself in outbursts like Greg's. Put simply, this team is not getting the leadership it needs from the coaches. Rivera is waiting for someone to do the things he should be doing. If he becomes an effective leader, others will emulate him.

The biggest problem is at the top, not with the guys on the field.
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[quote name='Marguide' timestamp='1352155796' post='1982937']
I'm proud of Hardy for speaking out and for his play on the field, but have a different take on this than some.

This team lacks in leadership and it manifests itself in an inability to close out games that are close, but it also manifests itself in outbursts like Greg's. Put simply, this team is not getting the leadership it needs from the coaches. Rivera is waiting for someone to do the things he should be doing. If he becomes an effective leader, others will emulate him.

The biggest problem is at the top, not with the guys on the field.
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Additionally you'd have to give props for Rivera's handling of the situation in general.

You can't complain about "not enough leadership" and then a guy steps up (right or wrong way) and he's smashed down and blasted by team mates and coaches

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Scary dude

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