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Jerry Richardson's letter to Panther PSL holders

Posted on: December 9, 2010 11:51 am
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

There has been some chatter this week about the letter Panthers owner Jerry Richardson sent to Carolina’s PSL owners. The letter did not mention anything about head coach John Fox. Fox claimed to be unaware of the letter when asked about it by the media. The assumption is that the letter tacitly confirms Fox, in the final year of his contract, will not be back with the club in 2012.

If you’re interested, here is Richardson’s letter (obtained via the Charlotte Observer):

I know how difficult the season has been for you. As the person ultimately responsible for putting a team on the field, I take full responsibility for our shortfalls. It is agonizing that we have not performed at the level we had planned for and expected.

When the season began, we believed there was every opportunity for success. Many of the players were returning from a team that had finished last year very strong. The motivation for this approach was both performance-based and a commitment to the future. Obviously we have fallen short, but our faith and commitment are still the same.

Going forward, our plan of attack is to build through the draft while retaining our core players. We have one of the youngest teams in the League, and a number of those younger players have shown genuine promise in this otherwise disappointing season. We won't give up on them. We also have a solid nucleus of veterans that we will seek to keep intact.

I want all of  you to know that we plan to look at every aspect of our organization. What we do in the future will entirely be geared toward putting the best possible team on the field. I am committed to fielding a winning team, and I'm willing to invest the resources necessary to make it happen.

Allow me to raise another personal issue. Much has been made of my reluctance to address the play of the team in the media. Throughout the history of the franchise, I have rarely done in-season interviews. It's just not my style. In my opinion, comments from ownership during the season are a distraction, and I do not want my comments to interfere in any way with the performance on the field.

 This year is further complicated with the uncertainty regarding Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Let me be clear: A successful CBA is critical in sustaining the competitive balance of the NFL. We're all in this together, and what is good for football is good for the continued success of each and every team. It's important for us to reach an agreement that benefits the fans, players, and teams. I want the players paid fairly, and I want us to play winning and exciting football.

 I understand that in a season like this, words can sound hollow, but, as PSL Owners, you have my commitment to provide you a team that will make you proud. With three NFC championship game appearances, we have come close. I can assure you we will be aggressive in getting there again.

 Thank you for your patience and support in a very challenging time.

 Respectfully,

 Jerry Richardson


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Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:24 am
 

Jerry Richardson's letter to Panther PSL holders

Interesting debate arising in these posts as to whether it's the draft or coaching that makes a winner.  League-wide, look at all the 1st rounders through the years who have turned out to be flops or under-performers. And all the hidden gems from the late rounds.  Were the late rounders better players, or did they benefit from better coaching?

I think the answer is: it takes a complete effort from the coaching staff/front office on being smart about the draft and drafting the right players for your system - 3-4 defense, spread offense, etc.  All these guys getting drafted are great athletes, smart coaches will find the ones who will fit their systems.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2010 12:18 am
 

Jerry Richardson's letter to Panther PSL holders

 As a Bucs fan who has seen the incompetence of a family-run football team, I say Richardson needs to sell the team.

That depends on the family.  The Rooneys seem to be kicking some ass.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:54 pm
 

Jerry Richardson's letter to Panther PSL holders

The draft?  This league is about players and coaching.  If you don't have both, you don't succeed.  The draft isn't the reason the chiefs have turned things around.  There are 2 major reasons:  Romeo Crennell and Charlie Weiss.  You need decent players to win in the NFL but coaching is more important.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 6:19 pm
 

Jerry Richardson's letter to Panther PSL holders

big gator,

Have you heard of the Giants or Steelers? They are both family run as are the Colts.



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 4:49 pm
 

Jerry Richardson's letter to Panther PSL holders

The draft can turn around the team Look at the Chiefs. In two years from a 2-14 to so far 8-4.  It can happen.



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Jerry Richardson's letter to Panther PSL holders

I'd have to disagree about his draft decisions.  The Panthers do almost nothing in Free Agency b/c everytime they do its a bust.  Their drafts going back have been pretty successful as far as who they picked, although I'll admit trading away your 1st round picks 2 years in a row is stupid.  I think that was Marty Hurney's fault and not so much Fox's.  This coming draft looks like it will be a #1 pick so at least we'll be keeping it.  The Panthers biggest problem is getting an Offensive Coord who can bring a passing game to this town.  I'm tired of draw plays on 3rd and long.  Try throwing the ball on 1st and 2nd down so you can run it on 3rd!!!!!!!!!



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Jerry Richardson's letter to Panther PSL holders

No surprise Fox was unaware of the letter. He's pretty much unaware what state he's in most of the time. As far as building through the draft, what a joke that is considering the inane draft decisions Fox makes every year. Richardson is a terrible owner and is always in hiding, because he can't handle his position. What a joke family-owned franchises are in sports. These families are no experts on how to run franchises. As a Bucs fan who has seen the incompetence of a family-run football team, I say Richardson needs to sell the team.



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