Our franchise is run by a bunch of drunks. I tried to buy in on Rhule, but if this is his plan, it sucks. And at this point, under Tepper, all I see are breadcrumbs that lead me to believe he is an impulsive, meddling owner - to a much greater degree than JR was. I dont really get a sense of a master plan at the end of all these seemingly random impulse moves, but rather a rich big boy who gets to tear down his playset and then fix it how he likes, just to tear it down again.
This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I understand Cam was hurt the last few years, and ironically not from all of the running he did over the years that everyone was worried about, but in fact because he couldnt be protected in the pocket by two different GMs. But, if he returns to form, he is 2000x the player Bridgewater is and 10,000x the player Allen is. If he returns to form, you're getting an MVP caliber player for relative peanuts. Letting Cam go at this juncture feels like a mistake of a move that we're going to regret down the line.
Back to Bridgewater - to add further insult to injury, nothing against Teddy, but Cam fell out of favor after repeatedly getting injured behind a porous OL. Cam, at 6'5" 260 lbs, couldn't stay healthy. Now you expect the same GM to build said OL to keep a much more slight-framed Bridgewater healthy, all while paying him quite handsomely... and mind you, Bridgewater also doesnt have the escapability or arm strength of a Cam... seems like a solid plan.
And furthermore, not only do I think you're botching the on-field product up, but you really couldn't have done much worse in the optics and presentation of all of this. We went from he's gone, to "I'm gonna win a Superbowl with him," to Cam declaring with absolute certainty that he was led to believe he would be back, to Hurney being non-committal, to now today, our team signing an inferior replacement and then telling Cam publicly to go find another team while thanking him for how great he is. Sloppy.
I will always be a Panthers fan, but I feel less invested than ever before. I'm just tired of bad move after bad move and stupidity running rampant, regardless of who is in charge. We'll see how all of this plans out, and maybe Bridgewater ends up being fine... as a Panthers fan, we have to pull for him and the best outcome, but man, this just looks and feels bad.
And finally, thank you for all you have done here, Cam. You are a legend of untouchable stature now and forever. In your prime, there never has been and never will be anyone like you. In a gladiator's sport, you were the ultimate gladiator... one who could put an entire team of 52 other players on your back and carry them to the endzone, time and time again. It has been an honor to see you grow, mature, and become the incredible player and humanitarian you have become - all while wearing the black and blue. There will never be another Cam Newton - the greatest player in Panthers' history. Period.