CHARLOTTE, NC ( Associated Press) — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper on Wednesday extended his backing behind struggling head coach Matt Roulette, saying it takes patience and time to build a winning foundation in the NFL.
Roulette is 10-23 in his two seasons with the Panthers. Only the Lions, Texans, Jets and Jaguars have won fewer games than Carolina since the introduction of roulette in 2020.
“Look, I believe in Matt and he has my full support,” Tepper said Wednesday during a 30-minute videoconference with reporters.
Roulette is entering the third year of a seven-year, $62 million contract.
When asked whether the success of the upcoming season would affect the long-term future of roulette, Tepper replied, “It’s a new season. … there is a saying about what was then and what is now. And we are in now, not in then.”
Tepper’s key message was that of patience, in which he insisted that “Rome was not built in a day, and neither is it a team.”
He still feels like the Panthers have some strong pieces on the roster.
“I’ve said five years, five years, five years when Coach Roulette was here (hire), and there will probably be six years, I don’t know, since he was hired,” Tepper said. “I think it’s just building that foundation and having the patience to build that foundation, and trying to get the fans to be patient for that foundation, to continue to win.”
Tepper admitted that it has been difficult for her to develop patience.
The Panthers are 22-43 since they bought the team from founder Jerry Richardson in 2018 for a record $2.275 billion. Only once have the Panthers won more than five games in the last four seasons. Carolina hasn’t made it to the playoffs since Tepper took over.
“I have a newfound appreciation for how stupid I am sometimes,” Tepper said. “I shouldn’t have said that and people would later say, ‘Why did you say that?’ But listen, it’s tough, and I have a certain amount of humility in this regard.”
Tepper praised the extra roulette he made this off-season for his coaching staff, including former NFL head coaches Steve Wilkes (secondary) and Ben McAdoo (offensive coordinator) and longtime coaches Paul Pasqualoni (defensive line) and James Campaign (offensive line). offensive line). Assistant.
“It brings in a lot more experience than the older employees,” Tepper said. “It’s a treasure trove of experience.”
The biggest obstacle for the Tapers and Panthers is consistency in the quarterback position.
Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Allen, Sam Darnold and Cam Newton have all struggled to find success in Carolina.
Darnold and PJ Walker are currently the only QBs on the roster. Tepper said he still sees Darnold as a good quarterback, but added that the team is “always looking” to improve.
The Panthers have the sixth choice in Thursday night’s NFL draft and are likely to be their choice of Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett, Liberty’s Malik Willis or Mississippi’s Matt Coral if they choose to take on the quarterback.
Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said Tuesday that the team is “comfortable” to draft a quarterback, although it is not generally considered a strong QB class, with no real standouts in that position.
Tepper declined to discuss a number of other pertinent topics, including the team’s unsuccessful pursuit of controversial quarterback Deshan Watson.
He also declined to discuss the ongoing saga with the stalled construction of the team’s semi-constructed practice facility/headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina, saying he was respecting the wishes of city officials and Not participating in back-and-forth conversations. Media. He reiterated that he was willing to sit down and talk with City of Rock Hill officials about funding for the $800 million project.
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