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No Joke: The players apparently didn't like Gettleman

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top dawg    8,849

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.  :money: Business, baby! I can respect that, especially within the context of what G-man has brought to the table.  :geek:

 

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.   :)

 

 

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Zod    14,969

I don't care if players like a GM, as long as they respect him.

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Cary Kollins    18,234

Good.  They shouldn't be all buddy buddy with the Boss. 

 

 

You know where being a "family first" organization gets you?

 

132-156

 

That's the pre-Gettleman record.

 

I'll take winning all day.

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cardiackat88.    1,356

Comes with the territory.

 

Business first is professional. Family first is personal.

 

Establishing the wrong one first makes it hard to make future negotiations.

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SCP    30,419

All I have to say is its about time. Gettleman can make the tough decisions and JR can give the group hugs. It's time for this organization to grow a set of balls. Just win. Just give me, as a fan, the ability to thump my chest and tell every asshole I see in Charlotte with Steelers gear or Cowboys gear to go suck it because my team is better than the team they bandwagon hopped.* That's all I ask.

*I do this anyway but it'd be nice to have the team to back me up on a consistent basis.

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TheRed    18,208

Well he should ultimately be about what is best for the franchise as a whole first. That's his job. I'm fine with that, I agree with Zod.

 

Having said that, there are still ways to go about things. I certainly think that Gettleman is learning that as he goes.

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Khaki Lackey    5,084

We have a players' coach and a players' owner. That's all the feel good we need.

Fugg that 'punch my time card, earn my zillions while going 2-14' bullsh1t. Gettleman is just what this organization needs.

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bleys    1,995

I'm guessing this would matter to a few.. but this should be music to every bodies ears...

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