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Greg Hardy brought attention to himself, has to plan for it

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Perhaps no player in the league closed as strong as Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who had 7.0 of his 15.0 sacks in the final two games.

But that made his shutout in the Panthers’ loss to the 49ers that much more glaring, as he prepares to enter free agency.

“It’s just one of those days. I’ve got to adjust,” Hardy said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “That’s something (scheme-wise) you get when you get a lot of sacks.

When you talk as much as I talk, you’ve got to bring it, . . . I guarantee it’s not going to work again.”

The colorful Hardy brought a lot of attention to himself on and off the field this season, and is well-position to enter the free agent market (unless the Panthers use the franchise tag). His 26.0 sacks the last two seasons are fifth-most in the league over that span, trailing only J.J. Watt, Robert Quinn, Aldon Smith and Robert Mathis.

Those guys are all elite rushers, and all have to deal with extra attention from offenses.

“It was tough. They had a great gameplan. I told the O line, they kept their composure. They got a lot of us rattled,” Hardy said. “They got a lot of good schemes going early so that we weren’t effective. The quarterback could get in a rhythm.”

With Hardy quiet and Colin Kaepernick comfortable, the 49ers were able to advance. And now Hardy has an offseason to think of a plan for dealing with such attention.

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6 Responses to “Greg Hardy brought attention to himself, has to plan for it”
  1. niners6262 says: Jan 14, 2014 8:14 AM

    “Scheme” Greg? You were blocked most of the day by one man and that was LT Joe Staley and he beat you. Sure he had help a few times from RBs and TEs but not much

  2. floratiotime says: Jan 14, 2014 8:21 AM

    And that plan is to make money … duh … who’d have guessed … said everyone.

  3. kaldream says: Jan 14, 2014 11:09 AM

    Darin, me thinks you tweeted that Greg Hardy walked into the stadium with a noticeable limp. Am I wrong?

  4. smackingfools says: Jan 14, 2014 11:43 AM

    Those have to be NFL records.

  5. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 14, 2014 5:04 PM

    So who’s the lucky team that is going to kill their salary cap and sign this guy to a big contract?

  6. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 14, 2014 10:01 PM

    Better max protect this week SF.

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