This team without Hardy and a weakened Secondary from last year should've dropped from Top 2 Defense to Middle of the Pack in the NFL. Instead they have become the worst Defense in the NFL and its not even close, while having plenty of talent on the roster.
They started the Season well but then the National Media poo storm happened and Richardson and Rivera threw Hardy off the team effectively. Since that moment, this Defense has not looked the same while they have the talent to at least be middle of the road Defensive Unit.
We need better players in the secondary, but that alone is not why this is now the worst Defensive Unit in the NFL.
If you haven't seen it yet, find the long segment this morning on MSNBC 'Morning Joe' on Hardy and the Panthers.
Short Recap: They expect Hardy to not play Sunday, not after the bitch fest they are undertaking on the subject
Hardy was Found Guilty, thats all that matters....
...but Hardy is our Franchise Player therefor the Panthers and Jerry Richardson and company have NO INTEGRITY and it appears are, until bend to the Media's will, the new national whipping boy and face of their "War on Women" Narrative.
oh, did I mention Hardy was found guilty in court...
They are literally shaming Richardson and now saying that if he has any integrity he will follow the moral example of the Ravens this week and release Hardy...
This is on pace to turn into a national story and bitch fest until the Panthers or NFL suspend Hardy.
We are likely to lose Hardy until he is found Not Guilty in his Jury trial in Nov, unless something comes along soon to distract the National media.