in defense of person...it's not like the panthers are exactly open about anything, esp. with gettleman. we haven't had one clue about anything he's done so far. contract restructures...FA pickups...whatever, he's got that org. tightlipped, not that it wasn't always closed off about what it's doing.
HOWEVER...the observer had a guy who had sources and could find out some stuff and they let him go and replaced him with a guy who has NO sources.
It's not person's fault he's crappy at getting info and sharing it. ok...maybe it is his fault, but that's besides the point. the observer made a crappy hire to be their beat reporter.
when you hire a guy to report on a team, here's where you start...get a guy who knows people or who can get to know people quickly. if they have to breathe through their mouths and wear socks with sandals, it might not be a good sign.
I do feel like the bashing of Joe Person is sometimes over the top. And I agree that the organization probably doesn't make it easy to get information.
That said, what makes it tough to be all that sympathetic is the fact that reporters from much further away (Ravens Insider for example) seem to have no trouble getting scoops.
If they can get it, why can't he?