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Rhule is in charge per the Old Guy


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What does the organizational chart look like? Is it David Tepper > Matt Rhule = Scott Fitterer, or Tepper > Rhule > Fitterer? Are the coach and GM considered equals, or does one report to the other? Based on what I know about how Tepper ran his other businesses, my guess is the latter. — Jay, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

These questions always feel like traps, because it almost suggests a level of conflict or wielding superiority that doesn't appear evident.

To make a long story short, Rhule runs football here. Tepper paid him a lot of money to come here and build something according to his design. He and Fitterer both report to Tepper, but Rhule's in charge. Rhule and Fitterer have a good and complementary relationship, and the chemistry and respect they have shown as they get to know each other seems genuine. But yeah, if you want to make a chart, Rhule is the top non-Tepper name on it.

 

So, there you have it. One of life's mysteries pertaining to the Panthers' hierarchy of power, has been answered by Darin Gantt.

And before someone says Hurney had more power, the hiring of Matt Rhule effectively cut Hurney's power off at the knees. But, even if you just stubbornly refuse to accept that "truth", you know who to "blame" from this point forward. Until Tepper says otherwise, the buck stops with Rhule!

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Always figured such was the case based on what Tepper gave up to lure him to Carolina. So are we still entertaining the notion that Rhule wasn't running the show when Marty Hurney was still here last year?

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1 minute ago, frankw said:

Always figured such was the case based on what Tepper gave up to lure him to Carolina. So are we still entertaining the notion that Rhule wasn't running the show when Marty Hurney was still here last year?

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31 minutes ago, SBBlue said:

Is this another attempt to say that Rhule is to blame for the Teddy contract?  If so, nice try.

Whatever dude.  We've already discussed that ad nauseum.

There is a chance that the structure has somewhat changed since Tepper first got here. Maybe at the beginning Hurney did have some leeway to made decisions.  Maybe Hurney was driving  the idea of TB, and the others decided to go with it.  People need to remember a lot of these decisions tend to be somewhat groupthink.

At this point though common sense tells you Tepper is in charge, he writes the checks, then Rhule, then Fitterer.  With that being said I’m sure Fitterer has considerable input but if they don’t agree Rhule has final say.

 

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1 hour ago, SBBlue said:

Is this another attempt to say that Rhule is to blame for the Teddy contract?  If so, nice try.

Whatever dude.  We've already discussed that ad nauseum.

Rhule brought in Teddy. 

1 hour ago, Peanut Butter said:

So Rhule moved on from Cam?

Rhule also moved on from Cam. 

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