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ladypanther

A change of heart

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Lady Panther, Do you actually know Mr. Richardson?

Just what we all know.

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Though didn't Polian rebuild the Bills to glory in the Mid-Late 80's-Early 90's?

Taking a team from 2 straight 2-14 seasons and in the span of 7 years taking them to 4 straight Super Bowls. I'd take that.

Pre-Salary Cap. I generally don't like to compare anybody's performances under those conditions (see: Jerry Jones)

The Bills actually fired Polian in 1993. He took the Panthers job in 94.

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For a minute, I began to think that this thread was about JJ, as opposed to JR.

Anyway, I like the sentiment behind the post, but I am still skeptical of JR and the FO. It seems to me that some moves could have been made at relatively little cost and/or risk to the team that would have given the team the opportunity to be competitive, and still fit into JR's philosophy about the bottom line in regards to the labor dispute. Now, I am not going to get into specifics, but suffice it to say that sometimes principled people need to get off their moral high horses and allow themselves to be conduits of grace, mercy, and positive change.

More importantly, the buck literally stops with JR, so I give him just as much blame for the team's precipitous downfall this season as anyone else. He isn't getting a pass, notwithstanding his heart problems, or family issues. That being said, it's his team, and he can do with it as he will. I understand that teams have to rebuild, but the well managed teams (who coincidentally have great owners) don't fall off a cliff.

Some have said that JR doesn't owe us anything. I disagree. Fans spend money and emotion in their support of the team, at many times for a lifetime. Teams don't exist without fans, and---in a way---teams become bigger than their owners, and have a life of their own. JR, just like any owner, owes the fans a competitive product in as best as he can offer. Of course the intelligent fan realizes that teams will have their ups and downs, but a little communication during the tough times wouldn't hurt.

Ultimately, JR has been a decent owner. LP's points are well taken. Although, for me, this whole notion of sacrificing the present opportunity of the team (for the possible betterment later) has certainly jaundiced my view of JR. Although I don't believe he purposefully tanked the team, I do believe that his NFL-first mentality led to his rolling of the dice and coming up snake-eyes this season. I just hope that his philosophy hasn't set us back for years on end, and/or has closed any present window of opportunity that we may have had for a championship (especially in light of a relatively weak-looking NFC). I understand his apparent philosophy, but, as a fan it makes me uncomfortable, and there is something that I don't like about it. But, I am going to keep the faith that JR will make everything right in Pantherland in the future.

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I'm trying to imagine what reasonable expectations a fan has of any budgeted sports team in an uncapped league....for any sport.

The reasonable part is killing all of my ideas.

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Congratulations LadyPanther,That was a very good post,one worthy enough to be sent to the Charlotte Observer to have published as an article.

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was this post made before or after the morgan fogarty interview?

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great thread. I hope we get more stuff like this

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was this post made before or after the morgan fogarty interview?

I've yet to see anything that makes me believe that interview actually happened.

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I've yet to see anything that makes me believe that interview actually happened.
there were pictures of the meeting and i don't doubt that questions were asked and some answer given.

what i heard from here was no different than what i have heard form others who have talked to him on the phone...."he told me something, but he told me not to share that with anyone".

someone needs to spill the beans. i seriously doubt that she was told something different than what others were told. i don't care if someone just sends me a pm and tells me what it was. i just want to know.

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