Any team that only had their franchise qb healthy for 8 games in 2 seasons is not going to have their best foot forward. You have to acknowledge Tepper walked into an unfavorable situation. Is Tepper a great owner? Is he terrible? Jury is out. I suspect he's alright. You can say a few things: he's willing to take risks, he's refreshingly more open-minded on social issues after having Jerry Richardson at the helm, he's more than willing to open the purse strings if he thinks it will help the team, has invested quite a bit of his money into the Panthers and Charlotte, and he isn't afraid to cut people loose if they don't deliver. I'm not so keen to harp on Marty Hurney; Tepper has already brought in people to reduce his role, particularly if you consider Rhule will have a bigger voice in personnel too. And I think it makes sense to give Rhule/Hurney a year to see if the problems were more Rivera than Hurney. But with the way he got rid of Rivera and Cam, let's not pretend Hurney is suddenly untouchable.
As far as the Rhule hire, who cares if he gave him a bunch of money? It's his money. He can still cut him whenever if he underperforms. And look at the rest of the new coaching hires. Mike McCarthy, Rivera, Joe Judge and Kevin Stefanski. You're telling me Rhule doesn't excite you more than anyone else on that list? Maybe he won't pan out, maybe he will. I'm at least willing to see how it unfolds.