We did offer him four years. You keep implying that it's a huge insult not to extend him after this season. There's absolutely nothing wrong with letting him work out his contract knowing that he will get and extension if the results next year warrant it.
It is an insult. It shows a complete lack of commitment and/or faith.
John Fox had two years left on his deal, and he pretty much quit talking to JR and Hurney after they refused to give him an extension after winning the NFC South in 2008.
If he is the guy you extend him, if he isn't you fire him. Otherwise, all the assistants and Ron are desperately trying to find employment for the next year instead of focusing on the Panthers
What about the coordinators. Every one of them will be trying to jump ship to a more stable situation. At the very least they will be spending more time looking for next season's job instead of focusing on the Panthers.
It is just a terrible idea that sends an even worse message. Need proof? Just look at 2010.