THe team has a bright future because he salvaged his huge mistakes and made some great decisions like hiring Rivera and drafting Cam to go along with the boneheaded ones like not canning Fox a year earlier and hiring Rivera sooner and gutting the team and going on the cheap which then cost him ten of millions more than it would have to when he had to pay big bucks to entice players to want to play for a team that was so awful. He doesn't know how to run a franchise better than at least a half dozen owners than I could name off the top of my head starting with New England and New York and continuing with Pittsburgh and the list goes on.
Trruth is he didn't do all that much for the league as Goodell wants to blow smoke about. Richardson was playing the hardass-don't give in to the players, which was getting them nowhere. Guys like Kraft and Jones came in who actually wanted to get a deal done and worked hard to make it a win win. JR wanted to break the union not work with them. If it was up to him we still would be in a lockout. He played right into the union strategy which they would have won if it had been played out in court. He was wrong all the way around. Getting it right now hardly forgives the multitude of screw ups.
Good info for the new Carolina/Cam fans. I think all fans should really know this, the reasoning behind the most tragic, uncalled for, unessecary and flat out embarrising times in this franchise's history was almost soley because of JR, a buisness minded owner and his whole lockout bullshit. When JR goes he should be remembered as a classy buisnessmen, a money man, a personal man maybe, but not a owner that was for the team if it isn't obvious already with the giant NFL symbol on the field. Everyone called him a genius for planning for the innevitable before the lockout yet nothing to hear when the result turns out wrong and his stubborness is only further exemplified.
I guess its hard to see how things went wrong and where they were going when a couple great moves are turning around the franchise, but I won't forget.
Well at least he sends out apology letters.