In 1995, Carolina Panthers He had the best season of any expansion franchise in NFL history. They went 7-9 during a year in which they didn’t have a home field, playing those eight games at Clemson. The following season, they went 12-4 and played in the NFC Championship Game, with the 2003 team losing the Super Bowl to Tom Brady and the 2003 team. New England Patriots With three points. As of November 27, 2023, the Panthers appear to be locked into the worst record in the NFL, and will not have a No. 1 overall draft pick to offer. Truly excellent work by team owner David Tepper.
The day after the Panthers’ last loss, 17-10 to tennessee titans, Tipper announced Frank Reich is no more Head coach of the team. He is also parting ways with the assistant head coach/running backs coach, Deus Staley and quarterbacks coach Josh McCown.
This is the second straight season Tepper has fired a head coach with games still on the schedule. Five plays after the previous match, Matt Rhule was fired. In 2020, Tepper shook the coaching contract market like a snowball when he inked someone who had never led a center group in the NFL to a seven-year, $60 million deal.
Making unorthodox decisions is how Tepper made enough money to buy the Panthers in 2018. He zigzagged while many others in finance zagged during the economic downturns of the late 1980s and 2000s. His groups charged forward like bulls and were rewarded. Also, early in his Wall Street career, he rubbed people at Goldman Sachs the wrong way by, according to a 2010 New York magazine review, being “Loud, foul-mouthed, and know-it-all.”
I’ve always believed that these are the characteristics expected of people in the financial world. I mean, Oliver Stone and Martin Scorsese had to do their research for this Wall Street And The Wolf of Wall Street To be like these famous movies. Then again, Tipper was the guy who kept a bunch of veined brass balls on his desk to rub in front of people. Even Jordan Belfort would look at that and say: ‘Bro, you’re doing too much.’
Becoming a billionaire by literally using money for the sole purpose of making more money, that kind of success would lead Tepper to believe his same hyper-aggressive style would work in the NFL. The problem with this arrogance is that players and coaches are not points and decimals. People who have spent their careers in the NFL are keenly aware of this.
That’s why owners of professional sports franchises, especially these hedge fund types, must let their professional soccer minds make the big decisions. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that there is Belief in “League Circles” That the Panthers front office wasn’t interested in drafting Bryce Young. They all just said they shouldn’t cross Tipper in public.
Young’s wording wasn’t the problem. What he lacked in size he made up for in playmaking, especially under pressure. However, the SEC’s lobbying is different from the NFL’s pursuit of defenders since then The second episode of Strong blows.
What could have helped ease Young into the NFL would have been an escape slot as DJ Moore at wide receiver. Moore now plays for the team Chicago Bears, who owns the Panthers’ first-round pick. Two big moves Tepper has made since purchasing the team in 2018 have pulled the Panthers down from their pedestal as a typical success for an expansion franchise. Currently, Carolina has limited assets available to integrate talent onto its roster and no stability at the head coaching level. Tepper suddenly broke up with Reich after he asked him to make hamburgers and then gave him condiments and buns, but no meat.
Although the Panthers play in the weak NFC South, they have not finished a season with a winning record since Tepper bought the franchise — a streak that will continue given they are currently 1-10. It’s reasonable for him to feel upset, but the situation they’re in is largely his fault.
The NFL is not the stock market. It’s a business where the goal is to accumulate talent, not the portfolio. Over many decades, Tipper has proven himself to be an expert when it comes to investing money.
In this business, he achieved success by spending money wisely. This is still the path to success as an NFL owner, but the path is different. Since Tepper is still learning about this new terrain, he might as well let people with more experience navigate it for him until his franchise stops rolling in the trenches.