Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Confidence is a beautiful thing, hubris isn't. Speaking with the media today, Carolina Panthers' defensive end Greg Hardy said that the Panthers are a better team than the Atlanta Falcons -- the team who clinched the NFC South last week with their victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Panthers DE Greg Hardy just called the Panthers a better team than the Atlanta Falcons. the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons.— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 5, 2012
Alright, surely there has to be a misunderstanding here. I bet that Hardy meant he thinks they're more talented, but haven't executed, or that their quarterback has more athletic ability. I bet that's what the Kraken meant.
Hardy was given several chances to clarify or amend his statement. he stuck with it. said he doesn't like the team "down the street."— Joe Person (@josephperson) December 5, 2012
I'm all for self-belief, and I think more bad blood between teams inside the division is good -- but please guys, don't go to the media with it. Seriously, when was the last time a member of this team speaking publicly went well? Carolina are only now escaping the shadow of Ryan Kalil's Superbowl prediction, and to give an 11-1 team motivation to demolish you isn't really the best move one can make.
We'll see this weekend if the Falcons have a little more motivation to run up the score. Remember, this is a team already carrying a chip on their shoulder by numerous analysts calling them pretenders, and statements like this will ensure they wont be lulled into a trap game.