What is everyone's opinion of Jerry Richardson now? Every seems to be getting more excited every day... Are you starting to get the feeling back that he actually cares?
I have never doubted that Richardson cares. He typically surrounds himself with very sound mangement (McCormack,Polian, Hurney) although Hurney has come into question over the years. The fact is Richardson manages the Panthers like a fast food franchise and an X NFL player. He didn't make alot playing football and I'm sure he doesn't believe the NFL salaries are fair.
Richardson would like to think of the Panthers as the Steelers in that no player is as big as the franchise, but the difference is the Steelers are excellent at draft selection, free agency and player development. They can cut bait, but they know how to replace the over priced and broken pieces. Richardson and the Panthers have yet to prove that they can do that.
He blames coaches for the Panther's failures on a public stage and has always done this (Capers, Seifert, Fox). This is not the sign of a leader, but a coward. Coaches can only work with the players they are given. I really believe that it's time for him to step down. Once the CBA is finished, he may have to walk away from the game, because a lockout, with Richardson's face as the owner's spokensman, may mean tremendous backlash from the NFL fans once this all goes down.
The owners are making a around $125 million per year whether football is played or not, due to TV contracts, yet they want to reduce the players salaries by 18%? This is ridiculous. Players average 3.3 year careers, meaning they gotta make their money while they can. You see $700K as the average salary in the NFL, but that's factoring in the elite players all the way down to the gap fillers. The NFL is full of haves and have nots when it comes to salaries. The elite players bank the majority of the salary cap money while the good players take most of the rest, leaving the average players and gap players making a a couple 100K a year, which sounds great, but consider 3.3 years and the fact many players are not equipt to manage that money or for life after football.
Richardson wants to line his wallet with cash, reduce players salaries and surround superstar players with average gap fillers, then blame a lack of performance on the coaches. Richardson brought Carolina a franchise and will always be remembered for that, but it's time he allows the younger generation to take over ownership or sell all together. That's my 2 cents. Let the lashing begin.
Edited by riddel, 18 January 2011 - 07:45 PM.