4:30 GMT would make it 8:30 PDT, so not really much better, and the NFL specifically moved the games earlier in London's day to boost attendance. The games used to be played late so they would air at usual US times, I think as recently as 2013.
i'm not sure if this is in support or condemnation of Gettleman's strategy, but someone saying that this team has less talent and/or is in worse shape than before he got here in 2012 would be incorrect. I can't remember the last time a Panthers team had this much depth across the board.
I see what ypu're saying but no one is considered an unknown to the staff at this point. Guys that needed to play played, including Philly (whatever the staff's motivation) and including guys like Boykin on ST, and everyone else will play next week against the same caliber of talent they may or may not have played against this week had Philly caught his passes.