I've purchased 5 Hondas from Honda Cars of Rock Hill and one from McKenney Salinas in Gastonia. Between the two, I prefer Rock Hill. They will match the TrueCar values and often will throw in some extras like all weather mats and oil changes.
I hate to even say it this way and it won't sound logical to most but the biggest priority was not to win this year, it was to build on creating an organization that can sustain winning year after year and that will take time. That is something this organization has lacked since it's inception.
Winning this year would have been a bonus just as it was last year and will probably be next year as well. Gettleman has stated his strategy since the day he walked in the door and has never waivered from that to my knowledge.
Gettleman knows this will piss of a lot of the fans and even many of the players along the way, but he is doing what he feels is in the best interest of the organization and that is what he was brought in here to do.
We've begged for years for consistency. And I agree, Gettleman is doing what he thinks needs to be done to field a winner for the future. What fans don't get is that we may have to suffer through a couple bad seasons in order to build a winner for years to come. We can get mad all we want, but I think this plan is solid and has Richardson's approval. It wouldn't surprise me if we keep Rivera around through the process. What other coach could be lured in with a plan of "we're going to play our current guys and cheap fill ins until the old, bad contracts expire?"
Also, don't be surprised if we tell Kalil and CJ to take less money or walk. We might field an offensive line of 2-3 rookies and the cast offs we have now. Our D-Line might be Ealy, Star, KK, and Addison with 1 year contract stop gap veteran minimum guys rotating in. This is what we have guys. This year and next might be the most painful Panthers seasons of their 20 year existence. If we can ride it out and see it through, we might actually have consistency in the years to come.
We have good, young talent (Luke, Benji, Norman, Cam, Star, KK) and if Richardson allows Gettleman to stick to his plan, we might look back and compare them to the days of Smitty, Moose, Gross, DLo, Jenkins, and Pep.
There are always open spots when I go there, but they must be open to other people. I think my company has a certain number of spots allotted to them. I'm trying to get in now without going through my company. We'll see if it works.