Panthers' Tepper Sheds Light On Future Front-Office Structure
NFL Panthers Owner David Tepper has "maintained ambiguity" in relation to how the next coach, incumbent GM Marty Hurney and a new personnel exec will work together, as he believes "establishing flexibility there will allow the Panthers to get the best people in the building," according to Albert Breer of THE MMQB. It was reported by some last week that the Panthers would hire a GM and a VP/Football Operations, but as it turns out, Tepper "will make one hire, with a title to be established later." The new coach "will likely be hired first, then have input on who the incoming executive will be." Tepper: "You'd like to have the head coach have some input into the AGM because that AGM will be involved in certain things that the head coach is involved in too." Meanwhile, Breer noted some new owners "will reach out and hire search firms or well-worn advisors" to help hire a new coach. But Tepper "has no plans to go that route." Tepper: "It'll be primarily by the organization. That doesn't mean I won't have a couple people I might listen to. If I talk to a couple of my fellow owners about different things, it doesn't mean I won't do that" (SI.com, 12/12). CBS Sports Radio’s Boomer Esiason said the Panthers are a team that is "getting ready to redo the whole” the whole front office and organization. CBS Sports Radio's Gregg Giannotti said Tepper is “one of these billionaires that doesn’t have patience” (“Boomer and Gio,” CBS Sports Radio, 12/13).