David Newton's newest piece discusses what we all know by now, if we didn't know it when he first came: Business first! Newton touches on the Steve Smith as well, who by the way is STILL no guarantee to be on the roster in 2014, and writes pretty much as a matter of fact that Gross really didn't like Gettleman when G-man first came (just in case you thought Gross was joking during his press conference, or just really couldn't tell, like me).
"I didn't like you very much last offseason, but I got over that," Gross said with a smile.
He was referring to Gettleman asking him to restructure his contract a year ago, in essence making 2013 the last season of what Gross planned to be his final NFL contract.
Gross wasn't happy about it at the time, but he went along with the request because he's a team player and it allowed Gettleman salary-cap room to improve the team in other areas.
As he got to know Gettleman, Gross learned to like him.
Note that Newton is surmising that Gettleman probably hates that he asked Gross to restructure as he probably realizes that he miscalculated Gross' value. Hmmm...if you know what I'm saying.
I somehow missed this quote from Greg Hardy, so in case you missed it too, the Kraken---as only he can do---flat out said that G-man pissed people off:
"When I went there as a rookie, that's all everybody told me about, that it's a real family organization 'cause that's how Jerry Richardson runs it," defensive end Greg Hardy told me during a Wednesday trip to ESPN headquarters.
"Gettleman coming in with a money-first attitude ticked everybody off, man. So he kind of changed the face of the organization to: It is a business, and once business is settled we can be a family."
I find that kind of ironic in a way, because this could be a reason why Hardy is seemingly all about the money. Business, baby! I can respect that, especially within the context of what G-man has brought to the table.
At the end of the day, just like the players, Panthers fans must be very aware now that it's a new day. I love G-man's fiscal responsibility and team building philosophy so far, but I still say that there is room for growth in regards to being tactful in reference to the public relations aspect of the team, which ultimately plays its part in not only being responsible for team business, but also respectful of the players business.