Carolina Panthers let Scott Fitterer run the show
Much has been made about Matt Rhule’s contract stating that he gets the final say on personnel decisions. But the Carolina Panthers would be wise to take some responsibility away from the head coach after almost no real progress has been demonstrated since he signed a lucrative seven-year, $62 million deal.
Rhule might have gotten a reprieve from team owner David Tepper after yet another five-win season. However, the former Baylor man has barely been seen in front of the media throughout the offseason as general manager Scott Fitterer becomes increasingly front and center of the organization.
Fitterer is an eloquent speaker who installs confidence. At times during the previous campaign, Rhule was a walking meme with his outlandish quotes.
There is no doubt Rhule will still have an influential role in which direction the Panthers go during the draft. But the organization letting Fitterer run the show is entirely possible given how things have transpired in recent months.
This would obviously need Tepper to pull rank on Rhule. The last thing Carolina needs is confusion in this regard due to how much is at stake in the coming days.
Carolina is fortunate enough to possess some high-caliber individuals in the front office. It’s about time they started making the decisions and perhaps even going against Rhule’s wishes if they feel it can benefit the franchise.