Life without Hardy may not be so bad?
Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:44 AM
It certainly may stop us from going out and paying for a FA replacement this year or waste a draft pick this year, which will allow other needs to be fixed.
I didn't see much of them at college and only seen them in a few snaps like most fans have, but the coaches seem to think highly of them both. Opinions?
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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:55 AM
Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:04 AM
One of the things Hardy did was bulk up and gain a lot of muscle in order to hold the edge while keeping his speed. If Addison, Horton or Alexander work very hard to do the same they might see the same kind of improvement Hardy did. Otherwise it is going to be a huge drop off. I also worry that with all of our division rivals needing edge rushers, it would suck if they picked Hardy up so we can face him twice a year. It is one thing to lose him but quite another to be facing him when he knows our playbook and is a beast to contend with as well. Signing him eliminates those issues and if we have 28 million to work with, it would crazy not to sign him given his cap for 2014 could be as small as 6 or 7 million. By the time the big money hits we will have cleared the Hurney contracts out and gotten rid of a ton of dead cap money. We should be able to sign Cam as well given his cap hit could be no more than the 7 million he will already count in 2014 as well.
If we let Hardy go I hope at least Gettleman tries to tag and trade him so we can pick where he goes.
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Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:07 AM
Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:15 AM
The two teams the Panthers are trying to beat are the Seahawks and the 49ers. We saw against these teams that when are pass rush is stymied, it is open season because we have marginal talent in the secondary. I am for getting compensation for Hardy and finding above average DBs in FA/draft. We need balance on defense.
This is a vaild point.. I agree that we need to figure out how to beat those two teams.. but in the playoff game, the defense wasn't the problem. We had two good opportunities for TDs in the first half and didn't score. And then got shut out in the 2nd half of the game. The defense was good enough last year, so we all need to hope that we can maintain that level without Hardy.
Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:19 AM
I think many of us are trying to down play how good Hardy was last season to soften the blow in our minds when/if he walks.
He is good. Very underrated run defender. However this team has serious flaws via OL, WR, and DB position. If we want to beat SEA and SF they need to improve those areaa. Hardy is not Luke or Cam, who are once in a generation type talent. I rather have a 2nd round pick from a bottom feeder team than to resign. Hardy.
Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:33 AM
I'm not going to downplay his impact. I jsut saw an article the other day talking about what a huge asset he is to whoever will have him next season because of his size/speed/athleticism against the read option.
He pretty much controlled games against mobile QBs last season because of his ability to hold the edge and chase plays down from the weak side. Not many DEs can do what he does. See how differently Kaep's running stats look in the games we played him last season if Hardy isn't on that edge.
Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:35 AM
All I know is that I have liked what I've seen from Addison, Alexander and Horton in limited snaps. There is no chopped liver here. Take it however you like.
I agree with you.. but being an every down DE and being a situational pass rusher are two completely different things.. We just dont know how consistent they will be.
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