5 major observations from Frank Reich’s first Carolina Panthers presser

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Carolina Panthers’ balance of power

Much has been made of how the Carolina Panthers will approach personnel matters with a new head coach. Giving Matt Rhule the final say on roster moves was a critical error in judgment from team owner David Tepper – one he freely admitted once Frank Reich’s press conference came to a conclusion.

Everyone makes mistakes. It’s learning from them and reacting positively that’s key.

Reich gave those in attendance and the wider fanbase an indication of how things will work from a personnel standpoint. The recent arrival declared that general manager Scott Fitterer and his staff will sort out who comes into the organization and it’s his job to maximize their capabilities on a daily basis.

That’s not to say Reich won’t have a powerful voice in the process. But this represents a more structured method in keeping with proven success throughout NFL history.

It also puts the onus squarely on Fitterer to get this offseason absolutely spot on. He was complicit in Rhule’s failings, but now is the time to step out of the shadows and prove beyond all doubt the newly crowned king of Nebraska football was the glaring complication behind Carolina’s underachievement.

Reich knows the importance of a good head coach/general manager relationship. Hopefully, this was just the start of something truly special.