From the NFC South chat:
Cory (Johnson City): Pat, How can you have Bowers ranked ahead of Hardy on your top 25??? Surely must have been a mistaken omission?
PY: Not an omission. I expect Bowers to have a better season than Hardy.
Joel (NC): Pat, you know from my comments that while a Panthers fan, I am not a Homer. But I think you might be the only one on a very weak branch saying Bowers is going to outperform Hardy. I would go out on a limb and say Hardy will have the most productive season of any DE in the entire NFC South.
PY: You could end up being right. We'll see.
Allen (Ellenboro): I'm sorry pat but Bowers ahead of Hardy is nonsense. Hardy had 6.5 more sacks last year than Bowers has had in his entire career. I don't see Hardy regressing this year with the improved Panthers D -line and no way Bowers suddenly becomes an elite pass rusher.
PY: If I'm wrong, hit me up at the end of the season.
At least he admits he might be wrong.
The problem is, even IF (big if) Bowers has a better season than Hardy, that doesn't change the fact that Hardy is EASILY a t25 player in the NFCS. Basically, pat is just an idiot.