We tagged hardy before his legal troubles and before post ray rice NFL. If that video never leaked hardy would have been playing the whole season. Don't blame dg for that. It was the right move at the time.
Everyone loves to look back and say they were calling for one thing when that move only looks good now because of poo that happened which no one could foresee happening
the domestic abuse thing has very little/nothing to do with my feelings on whether or not hardy should have been tagged.
i don't think it was the right call because that was way too much money being spent on one position and i felt from the beginning that it would come back to bite us in the ass more than letting him go would. hardy and johnson take up 21% of the total cap and 50% of cap used on the defense.
adding to that, he has an overly risky lifeztyle that he refuses to get under control that the organization has to be getting tired of and it was only a matter of time before it bit him in the ass. i mean the guy has a right to live how he wants, but the panthers don't have to be pying for it. there's several things that he had done which would have resulted in a firing from many corporations, but we were going to give him $15mil for another year of it. granted the chances of us signing him to a long term deal were virtually nil i think largely because of those two reasons, but i stillthink the hard but better decision would have been to let him walk and improve at least the OL.
so, one guy. one undrafted player is the reason DG sucks as a GM. let's not pretend that Hurst is the next coming of Orlando Pace. He's starting because the guy in front of him went down, not because he earned it through stellar play. Yes he's doing fine, but he got a lot of help last weekend. Hurst would have been nice to add to the team, and probably has a good future in front of him, but he would not have made our Oline a solid ass kicking machine this year.
OL changes are certainly coming, be it through FA or the draft, when the right player is there. Overpaying for mediocre talent is not going to happen. We'll get our Oline, and it will be quality talent for a proper contract.
did i say he sucked as a GM? i said i liked him and most of what he's done. saying that he's not perfect isn't saying he sucked? i mean by your standards it might, but not by most people.
and hurst doesn't need to be the next orlando pace or whatever. he just would have needed to be better than the two clowns we currently have, which isn't that high a bar to reach. there were others available and still are who could have helped us out or at least provided competition for the two starting jobs or AT LEAST brought in some well needed depth. we did nothing and it showed.
and people have been saying for the past couple months that changes are certainly coming on the OL. people defending every little thing that gettleman does was saying either they are good enough or that there's no way that we would go into the season with those two because gettleman has something up his sleeve or whatever. well guess what? we are about a quarter of the way through the season and we still have these two clowns starting with no other prospects and they still suck. the only reasonable conclusion is that we are going to stay with the guys who are here,whether or not they can actually keep cam alive or not because rivera and/or gettleman believe in them.
neither gettleman or rivera are perfect in their ability to discern talent. i fully believe that their trust in those two guys was misplaced and the proof is in the sucking. am i saying i can do a better job than gettleman? nope, but i can sure spot a turd when i see one and i see two turds. one is on the left side of the OL and the other is on the right.
also, is overpaying for mediocre talent better than paying very little for very little talent? in this case we are getting what we pay for. the only problem is we didn't factor into the equation the cost of getting cam hurt, bad pass protection, and piss poor run blocking on the season. the price we are paying is what we see on the field.
In retrospect, it's easy to say let Hardy walk but where is that all pro LT that possibly could have been brought in? You won't find one.
With or without Hardy, we weren't going to do much improving on the OL, and looking at where the D is currently, we'd be screaming for the Kraken.
we wouldn't have been screaming for kraken. we would have been sitting there watching some other team sit him relieved that we weren't the team that gave him a lot of money to do nothing.
meanwhile, it's bordering on ridiculous thinking that the $15mil we would have saved by not tagging hardy wouldn't have been used to stengthen other areas of the team, namely OT. we wasted $15mil this year. but oh well...at least we didn't let him walk for nothing. we're just paying him for nothing.
We all wanted James Hurst. Can't believe we didn't draft him.
Anyway. Thrilled with the Benjamin pick and he could be the sole-saving grace that keeps Cam in a Panthers uniform.
The line will just have to gel and Cam is still on the mend, so it could still work out once all things get up to speed.
Kraken is the most dynamic player on our defense. When he returns this team will be much better. Hard to weigh which player is more valuable between a top-3 DE and a pro bowl-caliber LT. Bird in hand has my vote.
kraken more than likely won't wear a panthers jersey ever again. not much of a bird in the hand. more like just a big moth.
So let's see. D G sucks because he didn't draft any offensive tackles. He sucks because he brings in 2nd tier FA's. He sucks because he franchised bone head Hardy.He sucks because he has a fat ass and wears his shorts up to his armpits.
The reality is he knows talent and has drafted very well. Produced starters out of mid range and lower end draft picks. He made the most of his FA signings on a welfare budget. Upgraded this WR corp on that same budget. Franchised Hardy for the year without caving and signing him to a "Hurney" contract (which in hindsight was correct since Hardy has a screw loose). And he will be starting a new clothes line for men with 52 waistlines or larger...maybe not.
Unless you would rather have a GM like Reggie Mckenzie of the Raiders who has 1 guy starting out of their last 3 drafts,then be happy with who we have.
i like gettleman and he's the guy i was hoping we'd get, but he has his flaws. i dont see a problem i pointing out his issues in the midst of his greater number of successes.
he nailed it with several picks early and mid round, but missed it on a couple as well. he's done a good job of revamping and rebuilding a couple areas (like WR and esp. DT, imo) but the amount of resources spent on DE is something that i had a problem with from the beginning, and the same goes for the lack of effort to at least bring in competition for OT. those two were the only real mistakes he made. the rest is good.
oh...and for the question of what should/could have been done on the OL. james frikkin hurst...you know, the guy who is now starting for the ravens that they picked up as a udfa and graded out much better than bell and chandler in his first start?
oh...and what else could he have done? brought in some competition instead of just deciding to settle on chandler and bell early on. i have a hard time believing that those two would have outright beat out all FAs we could have brought in, regardless of how crappy the market was. the decision was made to go with those two as the starters early on in the offseason and gettleman acted like there was no need to even try to bring in competition.
not criticizing the other picks, but i'm wondering where kony ealy would have shown up. i doubt if gettleman wasn't so addicted to defensive linemen that we would have picked him there. i'm still having problems with that pick and the fact that he's pretty much been invisible so far while the ther DE we put a franchise tag on (another move i wasn't crazy about either) sits somewhere away from the field still collecting his paycheck.
this happening once in a game at some point during the season is dumb and a bit embarrassing, but acceptable.
this happening twice in a season may show a lack of discipline.
this happening twice in one game shows you've got some major issues that need worked out at the top. it reflects poorly not just on the position coach that caused it to happen, but also on the HC who needs to do a better job of making sure his position coaches have their crap together.
i know that the coaching staff probably got torn a new one after the loss to the steelers and i can't imagine how bad it will be after this one. it wouldn't surprise me to see at least one head roll just as a warning to the others. your job is on the line. don't screw up again. get your players ready for the next game and make sure they are where they need to be and doing what they are supposed to be doing at all times. if they aren't, it's on you.