Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper would not address the future of coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney during a Monday meeting with Charlotte-based reporters, but he made it clear that he will not accept long-term mediocrity.
Tepper also made it clear that no decision has been made on the future of quarterback Cam Newton, saying that can’t happen until the first pick of the 2011 draft is completely healthy.
Tepper’s meeting with reporters was held 24 hours after the Panthers fell to 5-5 with a 29-3 loss to Atlanta that put a big dent in their playoff aspirations.
Tepper said he didn’t sleep well after the Atlanta loss, which marked the second time in four games that the Panthers were blown out by an opponent. They were beaten 51-13 at San Francisco on Oct. 27.
The Panthers have a 13-14 record since Tepper purchased the organization for an NFL-record $2.275 billion from former owner Jerry Richardson in 2018. If the team posts a losing record this season, it will be the second in a row and third in the past four seasons since the Panthers reached the Super Bowl in 2015.
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