I agree. I didn't mean to make it sound like our history was relevant to us making similar mistakes... I'm just apprehensive about these guys because it's rare to find guys with that size that can develop to be every down DEs. For a lot of these guys, they come in with a ceiling. It's just nice to get guys that don't have certain physical limitations. I understand that sometimes, you look at certain late round picks as situational/special teams players. That's fine. But it's always nice to find those late round guys that have the ability to become every down players. (Hardy is an example)
Again, I'm not saying it cant happen with guys like Webster. You just see it less often across the board.
Let's not pretend that gutting all of Cam's active wide receivers is somehow equivalent to Brady losing Welker.
Also, look at this seasons acquisitions made by the Patriots and then seriously compare Brady and Cam again.
The part that is equivalent is that the decision makers in the front office don't make their decisions based off of what the players want.
Do you think that if Cam said we should keep our receivers, then we would/should have? If your answer is no (which i would hope that it is), then it would serve zero purpose to ask him. That is how it's done.
I believe in Dave Gettleman even though many of you think I'm crazy or naive or stupid. He is going to stick to his principles and I can respect that. Making unpopular decisions isn't easy, but sometimes you have to do it. I do not like the situation we are in, but if we continue to draft well and find cheap talent, which he has done so far, we will be a good team.
We still have our most important pieces.. we have the best pass rush in the NFL and the best middle linebacker. Cam needs to make the same type of improvement from year 3 to 4 as he did from year 2 to 3. Our coaching needs to continue to improve like they have been as well.
Finally, someone else doesn't take everything on South Mint Street as gospel. Heart-stealing Richardson hawked his PSL's and got the stadium built, then turns around and bends over the taxpayers for renovation for it. All he cares about is the league and the bottom line of the balance sheet. Fluke into a winning season or two while making money is fine, if not, who cares.
It's not a good idea. Too many on here think the sun rises and sets in the crack of Richardson's ass, and whatever comes out of 800 South Mint Street is the gospel truth and beyond reproach. They can't see what a greedy bitter old man Richardson is and how the emphasis isn't on winning at all and never has been....it is all about the $$$.
Anyone remember Hugh Culverhouse and the Bucs? Well-respected by his fellow owners and made a boatload of money, and didn't give a tinkers damn about winning. That's Jerry Richardson in a nutshell, but he has his lame-assed stories about starting Hardees and playing with Johnny U's jockstrap to distract the masses.
Damn, it sounds like you aren't even a Panther fan. I really don't think this was a move by Jerry Richardson to save some money. It's funny to me that you call him greedy. It's always the other guy thats greedy...
I really think your perception of Richardson is completely wrong, but I guess you choose to blame him for all of our losing seasons..
i just dont understand where you get the idea that JR is so involved in the football operations, that he is able to influence the people, whose jobs depend on winning, to not care about winning and only consider the money. You just sound like a huge hater.
Hope Hardy is worth it cause every other good FA player on this team is going bye bye.
Every coach and GM in the league almost always say the same thing when they are first asked what kind of football team they want to put together.. They say that they want tough, physical football players. This has become a cliche for everyone.
But just like drafting the BPA instead of reaching for immediate needs (which is also a cliche that everyone says), its not as easy to do in real life. All football players are tough and physical.. But Hardy brings that to a higher level. That's who he is. He is the type of guy that can change an entire defense's identity. He makes the whole defense more tough and physical. I can tell you this, even when he's not getting to the quarterback, he's trying to making life miserable for the opposing tackle. You gotta love that, and those are the worst types of guys to lose and the hardest to replace.
I see this same type of attitude in Mike Mitchell. I really don't want to lose him, and I hope he sees what a great fit he was for our team. I loved what he brought to our defense.