I agree, you can't get mad at that. They have straight owned us. We play mistake free for 56-58 minutes and then we poo the bed and they go home happy with another victory. The playoffs went a little differently but meh. Our time is coming.
I don't see how you can read what "csx" wrote and still say that Hardy is quicker. Ealy literally was officially timed better in every measurement of speed and quickness sparing the 40 yard dash.
You say Ealy is more compact...but he literally is not. Same height, 8 pounds lighter, and his arms are a 1/4 inch longer than Hardy's. He has an almost identical frame to Hardy. Elvis Dumervil/ Charles Johnson would be more "compact"
You reference Ealy getting buried by double teams where Hardy does not. Hardy is also a 5th year pro while Ealy is a rookie. It took until late in Hardy's second year for him to start to "get it" and begin developing into the player he become in year 3.
I love Hardy like the next guy who believes he is innocent, but he is not a "rare freak that can reinvent the position". He was a great DE prospect that needed to develop physically to compete consistently at the next level. He developed.
Same as Ealy. We just need Ealy to develop the same way. I believe he will.
I think people compare Hardy to Peppers for 3 reasons:
1. He has developed into a dominant defensive end.
2. He is a Carolina Panther (at least he has been).
3. He has a similar skin tone...so if you squint your eyes it just might be Pep...
But "reinvent the position"? Come on man...
You left out that neither Pep nor Hardy really care all that much about how their decisions effect people, I mean it's just business right?