Like I said, his contract will be paid in full regardless of when he gets fired. He could get fired today or 18 months from now and still make the same amount of money. However, if he still wants to coach the Panthers in the future, he needs to win games and win them immediately. Hiring the coach that he feels gives him the best chance to do just that is what he's going to do.
Sorry Floppin', not buying this argument at all.
It's not about money. People that are highly motivated and proud (like anyone who reaches the level Ron has reached) are not thinking about money when it comes to decisions like these. They are thinking of their reputation, their ability to keep chasing their dreams, their ability to be respected by others in their industry.
Having a formerly successful and capable coach on his staff could certainly feel like a threat to him. It is only natural. He has visions of the new guy have side conversations with Gettleman or JR questioning his decisions. Every manager on the hot seat would feel the same. It would be naive to think fear and the bunker mentality played no part in his decision.