If you’ve read anything I’ve written about the Panthers in the last year or so I think my feelings about David Tepper are well known and well documented. But confirmation bias is always nice. From the dismal success of the team since Tepper purchased them to the debacle in Rock Hill, he isn’t making a lot of friends in the Carolinas. Not to mention the numerous execs at Tepper Sports that have exited in recent months.
Tepper took over the team in 2018 and since that time they boast a 22-43 record. It’s hard to believe it was less than 10 years ago we went 15-1 in the regular season and made a Super Bowl appearance. As Tepper heads into his fifth season as owner, BetCarolina.com wanted to find out how fans feel about Tepper. So they surveyed 125 Carolina Panthers fans on the r/Panthers Reddit page using Survey Monkey to get the current approval rating of Tepper as the team’s owner.
Even under the previous owner Jerry Richardson the team never put together back-to-back winning seasons. But in 2017 the team went 11-5 only to follow that up with 5 consecutive losing seasons. It’s understandable for a team to struggle, especially with a new coach. But the record combined with Tepper’s horrible track record in the community just doesn’t sit well with me. And clearly not many of those surveyed either. Listen I’d love to be wrong and this ends up being a great move by the team. And if that happens I’ll be the first to admit my misjudgment. I’m hoping the addition of Baker Mayfield and Ikem Ekwonu at left tackle will put some spark in the offense. The season kicks off officially in less than a month and I hope I’m pleasantly surprised!