Being a Panthers fan is dismal right now. There is no nice way to say it. Yesterday’s game was terrible. And the crowds attending games reflect that. And I think the vast majority of Panthers fans feel that it is time to move on from Matt Rhule. I’m sure he’s a nice guy but even the best of college coaches don’t have guaranteed success in the NFL and Rhule is no different. Chances are he could return to college, just 5 weeks in there are multiple head coaching jobs available, and have great success. The NFL and college football are just two different animals and being good at coaching one does not automatically equate to winning at the other. We tried and honestly it seems we have failed. With a 1-3 start this year following up two years of just five wins I’ve seen all I need to see. But somehow owner David Tepper won’t cut the cord with coach Matt Rhule.
What’s The Deal With Tepper and Matt Rhule?
Tepper is a businessman first and foremost, as we’ve seen reflected in many of his moves since purchasing the team. I love the concerts at BOA Stadium. While not a soccer fan, having an MLS team has been great for the city. But he’s got to notice the lack of interest which translates to a lack of ticket, food & beverage, and merch sales. It’s a simple formula. Win and you’ll make more money. Which bares the question for a man seemingly all about money, why is Tepper putting up with Rhule? I’ll be the first to say I have not been a fan of him, and I haven’t kept those feelings to myself. I’m open to changing my opinion and would love to. I just need some sort of reason. But this is a man has notoriously bailed on personnel, soccer coaches, and projects. But still not the Panthers coach. Yes, it would cost money, but Tepper is the richest owner in the NFL.
While talking about the apathy surrounding the team earlier I made the statement to a friend “Tepper bails on everything else but somehow not Rhule”. This leads me to this list: things David Tepper has bailed on faster than Matt Rhule.