That might actually be the rosy scenario. I think a lot of Carolina Panthers fans are beginning to fear that their new owner is going to be more Dan Snyder than Robert Kraft in light of the way he ended the Riverboat Ron era in Carolina:
The Panthers fired Ron Rivera on a Tuesday. Five days before their Week 14 game and four games before the end of the season.
The timing made little sense.
Rivera went 76-63-1 as the team’s head coach with four playoff appearances. The Panthers won the NFC title in 2015 after going 15-1 in the regular season but lost to the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
Tepper said it was an “emotional conversation” with Rivera as he handed him the pink slip.
“Look, a very hard move,” Tepper said. “Ron Rivera, besides being a good coach, is one of the finest men I have ever met in my life. I have to say that upfront. Look, I came here two years ago. I wanted to show patience on the football side to see how it was going. On the business side, we made vast and sweeping changes and I didn’t want to make those vast and sweeping changes on the football side. I wanted to take time and patience to see what could go and how it could go. I just thought it was time given the way things have gone the last two seasons to put my stamp on this organization on the football side as we’ve done on the business side of the organization. I think as much respect as I have for Ron, I think a change was appropriate to build things the way I want things to be built.”
So, a Wall Street Judeochristian who never played football wants to put his stamp on the football side of the organization. At least Jerry Jones actually played the game at a high level.