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September 25, 2013

Greg Hardy named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

The Kraken was released Sunday, and for that, he has won NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who has nicknamed himself "The Kraken" after the mythical sea creature, was awarded the honors Tuesday after his three-sack, eight-tackle performance against the New York Giants in Week 3.

Hardy abused Giants left tackle Will Beatty for much of the game, getting consistent pressure on Giants QB Eli Manning and sacking the two-time Super Bowl MVP three times as the Panthers tied a franchise-high with seven sacks.

Hardy is coming off a career year in which he tallied 11 sacks, but through two games he had none. He's also playing in a contract year, and his agent has engaged the Panthers about a new deal before his rookie contract is up.

Last year, Luke Kuechly was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his 16-tackle game in Week 14 against the Falcons.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on September 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM | Permalink


Hardy is insane, exactly what this teams needs.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 25, 2013 11:33:53 AM

Peppers who?

Posted by: Paul | Sep 25, 2013 12:20:21 PM

we need to gone and sign him to a good 5 or 6 year deal, so he won't hit free agency in the future like peppers...

Posted by: Macdabluepanther | Sep 25, 2013 12:20:27 PM

that and take away his driving privileges.

between he and charles johnson.......wow. could be a great duo. but it needs to be seen more consistently.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 25, 2013 12:44:23 PM

As much as I detest that turncoat Peppers, I will say this, Hardy is no Peppers

Posted by: jose | Sep 25, 2013 1:16:55 PM

Sign Laurel immediatley and then you will have something.

Posted by: Vince Lombardi | Sep 25, 2013 1:26:08 PM


I agree, Hardy is no Julius Peppers. Greg Hardy actually WANTS TO BE HERE. Release the purse strings Jerry and sign the Kraken to a 5-6 year deal.

Posted by: J. Mixon | Sep 25, 2013 2:20:33 PM

sign the Kraken, purge the squad of the overpayed used up broken players like beason, stewart, and davis. Sign young up and comers with a killer instinct that wanna play the game, not the instinct to collect a paycheck and nurse an "injury" on the sidelines.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 25, 2013 2:25:58 PM

I think that Thomas Davis is balling out of his mind right now. However, I do feel ya on John Beason.

Posted by: Chuck | Sep 25, 2013 2:49:10 PM

U will start seeing the ""Kraken"" and Johnson more often with Star &Kwaan The ""PAIN GANG"" WILL BRING THE CARDIAC CATS BACK TO "THE" PREMINENT 'D' IN THE LEAGUE!!!!

Posted by: scott lauffer | Sep 25, 2013 3:06:50 PM

@J. Mixon

Gettlemen signs manages and signs the talent around here. That is the GMs job. So you and everyone else need to stop talking about do this and do that with your money Jerry, because he allows his GM to make decisions. Maybe you mean Jerry Jones, because he is the owner that overrides every decision and mircro-manages his employees.

Posted by: App Panther | Sep 25, 2013 3:11:40 PM


Posted by: KEITH BELL | Sep 25, 2013 3:15:00 PM

Lets see if he will take the next two games off before he has another monster game and then talk contracts

Posted by: Stanley | Sep 25, 2013 3:34:55 PM

Funny how we wanted to sign Beason so bad when he was hot and now look at what we're stuck with. If we didn't draft Luke, we would be screwed at middle linebacker.

Posted by: Mark | Sep 25, 2013 5:57:01 PM

you guys have to give beason some more time.

He may well never recover, but he also might just need a few more weeks to kick the rust off the wheels and be back to his old self. davis took a few weeks last year to get right and he looks great right now. the good part though is that it gives them leverage to trim down those contracts for beason and stewart and davis and godfrey and whoever else has been or will be hurt.

and mark - thank hurney for that decision.

let's all keep in mind.....everyone called smith done and then newton came and the guy was back to his old self. everyone said williams was done and then chud was gone and he was back to his old self.

guys get hurt. let them come back and see what you have. some guys never recover. others do. but you don't give up on talent without knowing first. all 3 davis, beason, and stewart were 1st round picks who proved they were worthy of that and then some.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 25, 2013 9:13:23 PM

1. Hardy did not come up with the nickname "The Kraken". It was given to him by a CSR member and he liked it and stuck with it.

2. Beason has had three years to recover from these injuries. He needs to realize he will not be the same player, move on and retire. He is a liability to the team.

3. Relying on oft injured players is not smart. It's just delaying the inevitable that they have to be replaced sooner or later. What these players did in the past and where they were drafted is irrelevant if they cannot perform in the here and now.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Sep 26, 2013 8:23:54 AM

right on DWG. Signing on past performance is a silly mistake too often made in sports. The great teams that win year in and year out don't make that mistake.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 26, 2013 9:26:10 AM

how has beason had 3 years to recover? sure....let's just ignore all the facts.

he was injured LAST year and had knee and shoulder surgery less than a year ago.

3 years ago he was a pro bowler. and then he missed a year with an achillies tear and then most of another year with knee and shoulder injuries.

let the man come back from that and THEN we judge. ray lewis missed an entire year and came back strong, davis missed several. and davis did not look great his first 2 games back.

kraken is a dumb name regardless of where it came from.

nobody is relying on oft injured football players. football players get injured often. its a contact sport. cutting a guy after already paying him and before seeing how well he recovers is just premature.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 26, 2013 10:27:58 AM

It's obvious charlottean you never played football, football is not a contact sport it's a collision sport,so therefor any comments you make on football, especially injures have no validity. Hardy is the real deal and Kraken to you might be dumb but to those of us who did play football that's a bad a$$ name, because the Kraken is not contact Monster he is a COLLISION monster.

Posted by: officer jim | Sep 26, 2013 11:29:29 AM

imagine how much better we could be if we hadn't blown big money on Jon "glass ankles" Stewart, Jon "washed up" Beason, and Thomas "Octopus dangling tendons" Davis and had put some of that money into some young hard working players that could contribute and have some upside in the future. They don't even have to be stars.

Our "injured 3" have almost zero upside, are short term positives at the very best, and the constant fear of injuries and constant talk of rehab is a killer for morale for the others guys wanting us to all get going full speed.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 26, 2013 11:48:20 AM

officer jim,

it's obvious you aren't good at determining who did and didn't play ball.


nobody is talking about them having major long term upside. but beason as your 3rd best linebacker is insane (assuming he regains any form what so ever). if he doesn't......it was worth the wait because he was already getting paid this money anyways.

there's NO BENEFIT to cutting the guys we have already guaranteed big money to. restructure a bit to make it hurt less? sure. but cutting them just leaves open the possibility that we'll be paying our opponents.

you guys are proof of exactly how dumb our fanbase is.

we've watched adrian peterson and peyton manning come back from "career ending injuries" we've watched smith, davis, and others regain form. we just watched david gettis have a heck of a preseason even though he didn't make the cut (most likely due to not being a gettleman guy). we've seen brady and ray lewis and brian urlacher miss entire years and come back as they were before.

and you want to give up on a guy after 2 weeks.

I didn't like what I saw out of 52 against buffalo either but what was it that we saw? we saw a linebacker not being able to cover buffalo's #1 receiver. no effing ish he wasn't able to. he isn't supposed to be able to cover stevie johnson. most corners can't cover stevie johnson.

yeah the guy might be done, but we do NOT know that yet. and that's beason.

davis is fine until he gets hurt again and THEN he'll retire surely. stewart could very well be coming back and looking great and you guys want to cut him before even seeing what you have. brilliant strategy DAs.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 26, 2013 2:15:52 PM

The Panthers had a guy named Kragen during the expansion years. He was also DL when the D played a 3-4. Why not the KRAGEN?

Posted by: Ben | Sep 26, 2013 3:47:37 PM

charlottean, I think I'm very good at spotting who really played the game, if you played football you must have been on the pine and not on the field, because if you played real football you would have known that football is a collision sport not a contact sport,unless you played on a team where everyone got to play. You would have never played on the teams that I played for thinking that this wonderful game was a contact sport, I can hardly move today because of this wonderful game and you call it a contact sport,are you sure you played or did you just watch from the bench? And just for your info I am a Charlottean too and played football at Independence High. Where did you play here in Charlotte because most of the teams here play collision football not contact football. I won't count college because charlotte did not have college football when I played this wonderful game.

Posted by: officer jim | Sep 26, 2013 4:31:11 PM

your "contact" vs. "collision" thing just sounds weird. that's the only adjective i can come up with. nobody has ever said "collision sport". you're arguing about phrasing - but it means the same effing thing. nobody says that.


and I played at myers park. you can come by on the 25th...i think they're retiring my jersey.

i've got some ankle injuries from the "contact" but I can see you definitely suffered wayyyyy too many concussions being dre moore's tackle dummy.

Posted by: charlottean | Sep 26, 2013 4:49:48 PM

sorry about the ankle injuries charlottean.

Posted by: big gulps | Sep 26, 2013 5:07:18 PM

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