nice point of view op
addition to that is our saftey play on run d is atrocious. mitchel and mikell were way better than what we have this yr. im hopeful we get it nailed down back there and quick, but in general, i think our gap play is just not the same as last yr, plain and simple. we are over-committing on these big plays imo
hardy made our d better. he took pressure off our guys. if we get him back it will help but it will not be the fix-it-all. thats where i agree with the op and not give up hope, the rest of our schedule isnt the end of the world like everybody thought at the start of the yr. its just time to flip whatever switch we have and keep that fugr on all yr.