Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:40 AM
I have thought this for a while that the front office, the GM or JR or whoever, is worried more about having good people on the team rather than good players. Thats not a bad thing but it also mean u end up with alot of players past their prime or underperforming their contract rather than young guys who could do the job cheaper and better.
Deanglo is still a good player but i still never understood why he was given the contract he was when we had Stewart and Goodson on the team. TD was another contract that did not make sense from a personal perspective. But if you look at them as people it makes perfect sense. DW does all kinds of charity work and is a great spokesperson for the Panthers organization so does Davis. But is their another team in the NFL that would have given a 29 year old LB with 3 ACL tears a $30+ million contact. Maybe the radiers when Al was in charge but thats all I can think of.
JR grew up around in the south and I think its more of a cutural thing than anything. Alot of small southern business will hire good people over good workers or more qualified people. Trust me I have worked for a few and my dad owns one. Someone that may be more qualified or just better at the job might not get it if he is a bit of a asshole. The better person, nicer, friendler, just better to be around, will usually get the job. I have seen it happen many times in small companies.
JR kind of treats the Panthers like his little small business and until someone comes in and changes some things, like getting better players instead of better people, this is always going to be a medicore team.