Mr. Hardy is certainly not a great public speaker. He needs to hire a PR person to do all his public speaking.
Fwiw, I don't know if Hardy was guilty of the actual crime or not. But he was certainly guilty of poor judgement and that wasn't the first time he was guilty of it. I think that is the primary reason that the Panthers let him go.
I don't see any evidence that Payne is better than Stewart at this point. In the Tampa game, Payne had one good run, but after that, he didn't show much. Admittedly, its a small sample size, but still doesn't provide any evidence that Payne is better.
Stewart had only one run that was for no gain or negative yards. Payne had three with fewer carries. Those are drive killers. I am not certain they were his fault, but he will have to learn that sometimes you just have to get as much as you can, without trying to make the big play.
I think it could have a lot to do with the teams we are playing. Jacksonville is allowing 3.1 ypc this year. The only team to average more than 4 a carry against them is New England, and that was probably due to Jacksonville forgetting the RB's and focusing on Brady (not that it did them much good). The Texans have a pretty decent run defense as well. Tampa is middle of the pack, and we had our best game running the ball against them. Stewart had his best game as well. We ran ok against New Orleans, although it should have been better. But I think the New Orleans defense was focusing on the run game, which explains why Olsen had his best game of the year.
That was one of the worst passes I have ever seen. Throw it away to the sidelines, try to run it, take the sack, but don't throw a high flyball looking pass across the middle. Looked like a punt. The defender intercepted it like it was a punt.
They looked pretty bad against Detroit. Although when I see a high number of sacks on a running qb, I wonder how many of those are due to his ability to keep the play alive, and not throwing the ball away?
He looked ok in his limited preseason appearances. Perhaps he has a future with us, or perhaps not. I don't think we will find out much this year unless the injury bug hits again. But he is what, about 5th or 6th on the depth chart? I don't think we will know much about him until he moves up a bit.
Not every team has become pass crazy. The top 5 teams irt rushing attempts per game are us, the Redskins, Atlanta, Cincy, and Green Bay. All in first or tied for first. Of course, to an extent its because of leads and running out the clock, but other teams also run more than they pass. Our next opponent for example tends to run more than they pass, although not this year since they have been down more and Lynch is sidelined.
I don't disagree with the idea of having to get a number of signatures to be eligible to run. There has to be some way to weed out potential candidates who run on a whim and are not serious about it. But the 4% threshold seems high. Especially considering that only about half of registered voters actually bother to vote. They should lower it to say 1%. Or even give a fixed number like 500. That would be enough to ensure the candidacy is a legitimate one. I am also uncomfortable with the legislature getting to involved in county affairs, didn't like it when the Democrats did it, and I don't like it now. Although I suppose if the county is going to get state money, its the price they have to pay. But it seems that the legislature singled out a few counties, would be nice to know the background as to why. And if this is something they plan to expand in the future.
One thing I have learned over the past few years when reading comments in the tinderbox about various pieces of legislation is that people rarely understand what said legislation actually means. Probably the result of reading Huffington Post or watching Fox News to much. If you go and read the actual legislation, in only impacts a handful of counties, 7 or 8. A couple of them are majority democrat, significantly so. Two or three others are split down the middle. Meanwhile counties such as Davidson where I live still have non partisan board of education elections. Even though its a heavily republican county. Its not going to give the republicans any significant advantage.
I don't agree that the offensive line was better. Smith was certainly better than any of our current receivers, although I do think Ginn has done fairly well, in that regard. If he can just hang on to the ball.