Now, he says, it is not. Hardy has been switched from the strong side to the weak side, which will allow him more freedom. Paup, playing both linebacker and defensive end, will rush the quarterback nonstop. Schwartz, McManus and Robinson will all play multiple minutes. "In college I always took pride in being part of the country's best linebacking unit," says Hardy. "I'm getting the same feeling here."
Maybe that's overstating things. But McManus—and his mom—will happily drink to the idea.
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