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Life without Hardy may not be so bad?

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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.

 

My thing is that we have three chances. One out of the three has to be that guy.  Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have Hardy at a reasonable price, but the NFL free agency doesn't exactly breed reasonableness when it comes to persons deemed as young difference makers.  You'll always have some GM/Owner who loses their mind, so it is what it is. That being said, I am totally---I mean totally---against sacrificing the integrity of the team for one player, as I don't believe that is the blueprint for sustained excellence.

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I understand Hardy's argument, but I just wouldn't be willing to acquiesce to his reasoning which basically says, "You have to pay me like you're paying C.J."  In some ways I think that the C.J. argument is a smokescreen, clouding the way for him to take the road to the highest bidder, which is what he ultimately appears to desire.  Johnson's contract was signed under the old guard, and Hardy knows that. He doesn't have to take that into account, but he does have to recognize it. There is a new sheriff in town who has to get the contracts right-side up as opposed to upside down so that the team can continually compete for championships. If Hardy (or any player) doesn't want to be part of that vision by perhaps taking somewhat less than the market will bare, but still living comfortably, rich and/or wealthy mind you, then it's time to shake hands and part the ways.

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For what's left to work, there'd have to be a lot of growth out of at least one reserve.  Addison did a solid job in the Pats game against Cannon (it helps to not get leg whipped, because Cannon isn't that good) but no one really did much with CJ gone, including Hardy. 

 

It's realistic to consider that Hardy could go, and that the team would still have bigger needs.  Relying somewhat on the depth there is realistic.  But it'd still need a 3rd to 5th round situational guy to help out.

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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.

i think there is some of that, but i think.  lot is also honestly looking at what we would be like if we lost him and realizing that the defense is good enough that it can withstand a loss like that and still be dominant and not take serious steps backward.

 

 

we still have cj and star and kk as well as those LBs behind the DL who will make it easy for his replacement to do his job. we have a great GM who knows a thing or two about building great DLs and a HC and DC who are great at scheming defense.

 

it will hurt a little, but it won't cripple us. we're a whole lot better with him, but still a great D if we were without him.

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Just dont let him go for nothing, thats all

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I'm with Swag. We can cope as much as we want, but losing Greg will vastly effect the way offenses try to attack us. Just like they attacked Melvin White when he was in at corner, they'll attack the right side of our D-line and run away from CJ as it would become the weakest point in the run game. And in passing they will be sure to give help on top of CJ. Not looking forward to it, but it's more likely than not to happen

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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.

 

 

In order to beat those team your going to have to beat their defense and the only way to do it is run the ball and score in the redzone, where we left 14pts off the board at goal line!!!! vs the 49rs.

 

 

Solution: Draft top talent for OL and WR/TE for the passing game.

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I'm with Swag. We can cope as much as we want, but losing Greg will vastly effect the way offenses try to attack us. Just like they attacked Melvin White when he was in at corner, they'll attack the right side of our D-line and run away from CJ as it would become the weakest point in the run game. And in passing they will be sure to give help on top of CJ. Not looking forward to it, but it's more likely than not to happen

 

our ace in the hole is rivera/mcdermott.

 

i have no doubt that they will be able to adapt to any adaptations opposing offenses make to the way they attack us.

 

we wouldn't go into a season without him scheming as if he was still there. imo, this is pretty much a non-factor.

 

 

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our ace in the hole is rivera/mcdermott.

 

i have no doubt that they will be able to adapt to any adaptations opposing offenses make to the way they attack us.

 

we wouldn't go into a season without him scheming as if he was still there. imo, this is pretty much a non-factor.

 

"Jimmy and Joe's vs the X's and O's" you have to have the personnel first and fore most. Whoever takes that DE spot in place of Hardy (if they are on the roster now) would instantly be the least talented play behind KK, Star, CJ, Keek, TD.

 

You have TD at strong side LB on CJ's side in the base. Keek at middle. Either Blackburn or Klein at weak side LB (either of these is the lesser talented LB compared to Keek/TD) who is positioned behind Hardy's spot. 

 

You now fill that with say Addison or Frank with Black/Klein behind them. This combo makes the weak side our weak point (#6 and #7 in talent of our front 7), so it makes sense for teams to attack this side in the run game.

 

No offensive line scheme would have kept Mario Williams from beating Bell like a drum. It's talent vs talent and losing Hardy becomes the least talented side in our very talented front 7

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"Jimmy and Joe's vs the X's and O's" you have to have the personnel first and fore most. Whoever takes that DE spot in place of Hardy (if they are on the roster now) would instantly be the least talented play behind KK, Star, CJ, Keek, TD.

 

You have TD at strong side LB on CJ's side in the base. Keek at middle. Either Blackburn or Klein at weak side LB (either of these is the lesser talented LB compared to Keek/TD) who is positioned behind Hardy's spot. 

 

You now fill that with say Addison or Frank with Black/Klein behind them. This combo makes the weak side our weak point (#6 and #7 in talent of our front 7), so it makes sense for teams to attack this side in the run game.

 

No offensive line scheme would have kept Mario Williams from beating Bell like a drum. It's talent vs talent and losing Hardy becomes the least talented side in our very talented front 7

 

star and kk are entering their second year and should be better than last year and more able to withstand a full season. CJ, star, and even kk all warrant double teams. plus we are good about disguising blitzes and will only be better next year.

 

we'll be weaker than last year, but not as weak as people are making us out to believe we would be without him. again, we'll adjust and still be one of the top 5 defenses in the league.

 

plus, i believe that if we do lose hardy, we'll pick up someone cheaper via FA. i just don't think that we'll go into next season having lost hardy without the personnel and plan to compensate for that loss. it won't be 6 of one, half a dozen of the other, but it will still result in us being a defense that is among the elite in the league.

 

also, you have to know that money saved from not writing hardy a huge check will go towards helping out other areas and that will not just make us a more balanced and complete team, but will make us better overall.

 

i don't want to lose him, but i don't see how we won't go into next season a better team overall with or without him.

 

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