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December 31, 2013

Greg Hardy again named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Greg Hardy will have his cereal and eat it, too.

Two days after the Panthers defensive end dominated his breakfast and then the Atlanta Falcons, Hardy was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17 following his four-sack day against the Falcons.

“He's been practicing that way the last few weeks. You ask his teammates about how well he's been practicing,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday. “It's almost scary because he's flying around like that on Fridays as well. So there's something that's kind of clicked in him right now and he's done a heck of a job.”

Hardy’s four sacks, among the nine of the day, set a team record last week against the Falcons, and he tied the franchise’s season-single sack record of 15.

It’s the fifth NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor for the Panthers this year, making Carolina only the third NFC team to accomplish after the 1992 Vikings and 2000 Saints.

It’s a repeat honor for Hardy, who was selected with the same honor in Week 3 after a three-sack game against the Giants. Other winners include linebacker Thomas Davis after a 10-tackle, two-sack game against the Vikings and two-time winner Luke Kuechly for his efforts against San Francisco and two weeks ago against the Saints.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

Comments

Hate to say this, but I don't think there's any way we can afford to keep Hardy and re-sign Cam.

That is unless Gettleman does some serious voo doo in the offseason.

Posted by: Panther Fan in GA | Dec 31, 2013 10:21:32 AM

This defense is going to be good for a while. Very young, and remember we lost Godfrey earlier. GM understands that great teams are built ON THE LINES. Invest in talented, young lineman and control the line of scrimmage. Great defensive line play can overcome lesser talent in secondary and free up linebackers to make plays. There are indications he will be looking to add one or two big guys to the offensive line next draft/free agency, which only makes your offense better. It may not be as sexy as grabbing a QB or WR in the draft, but even Manning would struggle if he had no running game and the line could not protect him.

Posted by: Steve | Dec 31, 2013 10:25:41 AM

Cam will be likely franchised and it does not have to be done yet. He is signed through next year. They only have to exercise the fifth year option by May 1, which they will do. I'm betting Stewart will be released this offseason to also make room. He is expendable and hurt too much. Offense can survive with Williams and Tolbert. They can pay Hardy. It will get done. No way they let him go.

Posted by: Steve | Dec 31, 2013 10:28:08 AM

@ Steve. I agree 100%

Posted by: chuck | Dec 31, 2013 10:43:33 AM

If we keep our studs happy........DYNASTY!

Posted by: willy loman | Dec 31, 2013 11:06:56 AM

If we have to make a decision between Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy I would take Hardy. He is more explosive and can play anywhere on the line. I don't think Gettleman will pay top DE money to two guys.
We can option Cam for a 5th year and then tag him for a sixth year so he is on the roster for a least 3 more years.

Posted by: Jimcat | Dec 31, 2013 11:08:44 AM

Releasing Stewart creates no cap improvement due to his restructure. Worst case they tag Hardy b/c there is cap room available presently. Not sure how much Ginn & Mitchell will cost to re-sign, but they should come at reasonable prices considering.

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Dec 31, 2013 11:11:20 AM

It would be easy to restructure Charles' deal to clear space.

Posted by: Steve | Dec 31, 2013 11:15:47 AM

Trading Stewart would be the better way to go to get rid of the contract

Posted by: Steve | Dec 31, 2013 11:20:54 AM

Trading stewart for a draft pick, sign hardy to a 4 year deal, we have Johnson locked up who will most likely retire a panther. And sign Cam after next season pending his improvement next year. Right now, lets focus on what we got and what we can achieve....SUPER BOWL!

Posted by: paul | Dec 31, 2013 11:41:22 AM

OK, we have been over this. Cam is not staying in Charlotte. Not for all the money in the NFL. It is widely known. He wants a big market where he can work on his "entertainer" status. His every mention since arriving has been pointing in this direction. Only the serious homers think otherwise. Let him go, build around our awesome D, and we will be a strong contender for years.

Posted by: Not again! | Dec 31, 2013 11:46:49 AM

@Paul, how much does Cam need to improve? He is already one of the better QBs in the NFL. We sign him period. And we keep Greg Hardy who along with Luke and TB play with fire every down. In fact on defense, we have lots of players who play that way. Keep the team intact and fill in the gaps and we will win the Super Bowl again next year too.

Posted by: Chuck | Dec 31, 2013 12:49:00 PM

Man we are one big Wr from being on the next level. I like our team. It really reminds me of that Ravens team from last year, or that Giants team when they won it all. We got the defense to hold off any team thats left. Im still going this year in the draft a big play wr with our first pick.

Posted by: PantherPride28 | Dec 31, 2013 1:09:14 PM

The problem lies in the front office. We need to get Big Cat Jerry Richardson out of the way so the little people like me and my peeps finally get a chance to go see a game. Kalil makes predicions last year in the paper and now he ends up with the big contract. All part of big cats plan. He made diffrent seats with a diffrent color for purpose. Keepin us all outa the silver seats like we dont deserve them.

We need to keep Cam, drop Kalil, and get new owners if we think we can begin to have a dynasty.

Posted by: LennyJack | Dec 31, 2013 1:32:22 PM

Sign hardy at all cost or franchise him next year, let Stewart go or try trading him if possible and we can sign cam later, we have him for at least 2 more years

Posted by: Teedog | Dec 31, 2013 3:25:50 PM

We have several players (Johnson, Williams and Stewart) with contracts way beyond their worth, thanks to Hurney. We may have to loose all three in order to keep Cam, Hardy and other young up and comers under contract.

Posted by: SC Ken | Dec 31, 2013 4:29:41 PM

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