Jump to content
  • Hey There!

    Please register to see fewer ads and a better viewing experience:100_Emoji_42x42:

Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Sword

NFL.com Article: Panthers Winning outcome, Losing Attitude

Recommended Posts

LANDOVER, Md. -- Watching through a crowd of teammates who were standing along the sideline in front of his seat on the bench, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy 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 Washington Redskins 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 the Panthers' 21-13 win. "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 Panthers were just 1:15 from their first victory since Sept. 16, had to be restrained by wide receiver Steve Smith -- to apologize to coach Ron Rivera in the locker room after the game.

Rivera's response, however, was interesting: No need to apologize, he told Hardy. None at all. The Redskins 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."

More

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


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?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Irv

Its like a light bulb switched on for him im glad hardy's finally starting to get it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Is it just me or can you see Hardy going to professional wrasslin after the NFL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

horrible title...obviously for the redskins market.

great read, though.

loved this:

"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 the Panthers' 21-13 win. "I wanted everybody to attack, even with a lead.
a-frikkin-men.

liked rivera's comments as well talking about hardy's outburst

"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."
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

btw...as much as i can't believe i'm saying it about hardy, this is the type leadership we need atm.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm sure the whole "play to keep your job" has nothing to do with how much better Hardy is playing.

you don't start acting like that when your whole motivation is just keeping a job.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites



×