By Patrick Magoon – SportsCarolina Monthly
As the new owner of the Carolina Panthers, David Tepper has three things he cares about the most, winning, winning, and more winning. Tepper will determine his success as an NFL owner by the number of wins the franchise accumulates while he is actively managing the team.
“You can win in a lot of ways, and I don’t like to lose in any way, said Tepper.”
Patience has paid off for Tepper during his career as an investor. He suffered several financial losses but always managed to rebound and generate more a higher return on his investments. Tepper does not expect to come in day one and make any significant roster changes. However, he will be expecting more consistent winning seasons from the Carolina Panthers squad.
“He’s got a sense and feel for football,” Rivera said via Sportingnews.com “He’s been around it. He owned a small percentage of the Steelers. So he’s got a feel. It was good, and I know eventually we’ll sit down and talk football and talk about this team.
The Carolina Panthers organization has been around for twenty-five years (since 1993). In those twenty-five years, the Carolina Panthers have never had back-to-back winning seasons. If the Panthers can return to the playoffs in 2018, they will break their streak of no consecutive winning seasons. The Panthers have averaged just seven wins after a winning season. They came close to achieving back to back winning seasons on two occasions, once in 2006 when the team finished the regular season 8-8 after an 11-5 playoff run the previous year and then again in 2009 after the team finished 8-8 after a 12-4 playoff run in 2008.
Over the offseason, the franchise had a major makeover. Tepper replaced owner and founder Jerry Richardson. Also, Norv Turner has replaced offensive coordinator Mike Shula. Turner is a two-time Super Bowl champion.