CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 12: Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper looks on before the game against the New York Jets at Bank of America Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
If you’ve read anything I’ve written about the Panthers over the past year, I think my feelings about David Tepper are well known and well documented. But confirmation bias is always nice. From the team’s dismal success since Tepper bought them to the Rock Hill debacle, it doesn’t make many friends in the Carolinas. Not to mention the many Tepper Sports executives who have left in recent months.
Tepper took over the team in 2018 and since then they are 22-43. It’s hard to believe that less than 10 years ago we were 15-1 in the regular season and made a Super Bowl appearance. As Tepper enters his fifth season as owner, BetCarolina.com wanted to know what fans think of Tepper. So they polled 125 Carolina Panthers fans on the r/Panthers Reddit page using Survey Monkey to get Tepper’s current approval rating as a team owner.
Even under former owner Jerry Richardson, the team never staged back-to-back winning seasons. But in 2017 the team went 11-5 only to follow that with 5 consecutive losing seasons. It’s understandable that a team struggles, especially with a new manager. But the record combined with Tepper’s horrific background in the community just doesn’t sit well with me. And clearly not many of those who were interviewed either. Listen, I wish I was wrong and this ends up being a great decision on the part of the team. And if that happens, I’ll be the first to admit my error in judgment. I hope the addition of Baker Mayfield and Ikem Ekwonu at left tackle will put some spark in the attack. The season officially starts in less than a month and I hope to be pleasantly surprised!