The Panthers have a new owner in David Tepper. With him will come raised expectations for Carolina to be a more consistent contender in the NFL.
“That’s on and off the field. So you win a lot of ways, and I don’t like losing any way.”
Patience has paid off for Tepper in his day job, and he said he won’t be rushing into any decisions with the Panthers. But that doesn’t mean the demand for excellence won’t be elevated.
Tepper takes over a team that has been good in relation to the rest of the league over the past seven years. In the Ron Rivera era, the Panthers have gone 64-47-1. They’ve made four playoff appearances, they had a stretch of three straight division titles and they have a Super Bowl 50 appearance to show for it.
From the guys who survived last season’s black Monday to the slew of new coaches hired in 2018, here’s a ranking of who’s hot and who’s not.
Hue Jackson, Browns: New general manager John Dorsey has inspired optimism with his movies, but that also means respectable results must follow. If Jackson’s Browns show early signs of anything close to the production that has led to a 1-31 record over his first two seasons, it will be unacceptable, and he won’t see it through the Baker Mayfield era.
Dirk Koetter, Buccaneers: The offensive-mined Koetter remains in Tampa Bay because the team hopes things eventually will work with Jameis Winston. But if a talented, improving team stays in fourth place, even in the tough NFC South, it won’t cut it.
“Best part was nobody had no problems,” he said. “Sometimes you get complaints from a bunch of grown men. There was no egos, nobody bucking against the idea. That was the best part for me.”
Well, maybe some ego. When asked which Cavs player pulls off the suit the best, James didn’t miss a beat: “Me. Of course I look the best. What kind of question is that?”
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