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Panthers hint at coaching hire, labor talks

Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 5:07 pm
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Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Richardson held his first full-media press conference on Tuesday in quite some time, and offered to answer any questions the media had about, well, anything.

He discussed the Panthers coaching search some, but primarily deferred to general manager Marty Hurney when discussing potential candidates. Perhaps the most interesting part of his answers was his reaction to the labor negotiations.

"I'm personally not as optimistic as some are that we are making much progress," Richardson said when asked about the collective bargaining agreement.

Richardson is the at the front of the labor negotiations and, as such, has trimmed payroll to lead by example for other owners. Part of that means leaving a slew of free agents out there, including stars like DeAngelo Williams.

Even the most important pieces of the franchise, however, shouldn't expect to see any new money from Richardson and Hurney any time soon though.

"No," Richardson answered when asked if any new deals would be reached before a new CBA.

However, that doesn't preclude the Panthers from stockpiling via the draft, and Richardson may have dropped a hint as to the Panthers plans with the No. 1 overall pick (although that largely depends on whether Andrew Luck leaves school, one could argue).

"I think it would be somewhat unusual for us to trade down in this particular case," Richardson said when asked if the Panthers would entertain offers for the No. 1 pick.

The way he said it, too, seemed to indicate that he understands what the 'Cats need badly (a quarterback) and what will likely be available with that top spot (Luck, a stud quarterback).

One thing seems certain, though -- Richardson wasn't posturing to try and land Jim Harbaugh, Stanford's head coach and the hottest NFL coaching candidate we've seen in quite some time (who may or may not actually be leaving).

Richardson stated emphatically that he had not had any contact with Harbaugh, even at one point reading from the local paper and mocking "sources" that indicate otherwise. Hurney indicated the team would certainly consider a college coach, but they hired Fox from an assistant coach position and, as Hurney said, "it worked out the last time."

Well, it didn't exactly "work out" -- Fox is gone. And apparently could have been gone a while ago.

"If we look at John Fox's tenure, he did an outstanding job in a number of ways," Richardson said. "But the facts are in nine years we had three winning seasons and we failed to have two winning seasons back-to-back."

Whatever current assistant is hired -- and you can all but guarantee that the Panthers will hire one -- better be confident he can put a streak like that together. Otherwise he probably won't last as long as Fox.

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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:50 pm
 

Panthers hint at coaching hire, labor talks

If it makes a big enough difference long term, the owners can hold out longer than the players. If it makes a big enough difference going forward how much money the owners will save over the long haul, they will not cave. The players (most of them) do not have long careers and enough saved to miss out on any years income. Most owners have plenty of money and other sources of income so they can wait. Until this is settled no one is getting offered big money.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Panthers hint at coaching hire, labor talks

its rediculous....they make so much f-ing money , the NFL is the biggest sport in america by far....the owners want more, the players want more....blah. Get ur asses in there and get a decent deal done, no matter how it pans out the owners will say the got screwed, the players will say they got the shaft...and in the end...most all of them will be in a tax bracket 2o times higher than any of us ever will be.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Panthers hint at coaching hire, labor talks

You obviously dont understand the owner here. As a Panthers fan, I can attest that they will be paid(as seen by many large contracts the Panthers have given out before). The owner here is simply stating the truth, that owners and players are currently stuck on what the revenue percentage each should have will be, once that is figured out and a CBA signed, then Jerry will spend like he has done before, but only on those who they believe deserve it. Do you honestly believe that the outrageous contract he gave a mediocre Jake Delhomme  will be better than Luck could expect if he pans out? And don't forget that ALL rookies will be bound by a Rookie Pay Scale, so no one, not even Luck whenever he comes out, will get outrageous contracts like that of Matt Ryan or Sam Bradford before even taking a snap.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Panthers hint at coaching hire, labor talks

if that is the woners attitude then if I were Luck I would see the handwriting on the wall and do an Elway. I'd just say I wasn't interested in playing in Carolina becaue there is a question as to whether ownership is committed to winning. Even if it is, what guarantee is there that the successful player wil be amply rewarded for it? This guy is looking for a lockout to force a solution. I'm no union sympathizer at all, but the problem is here is that there is so much money on the table that there is a huge fight over a huge pie. The bigger the pie gets, the bigger the fight.



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