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“Senior Sendoff” 2024
CSD Productions, CSD Productions • May 30, 2024

Keep “pounding?”

The Carolina Panthers are the worst team in the NFL and their owner just fired another head coach. What’s the problem? Who is to blame?
Conner Shelton
The Carolina Panthers are the worst team in the NFL. as the owner just fired another head coach. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a football and a trash can go hand-in-hand this season.

Another year and another Panthers head coach has been fired. This time Frank Reich has left the front of the line. 

While the Panthers highly anticipated 2023 season has been an absolute disaster, Panthers fans should not turn and blame Frank Reich. While, yes, the coach’s play calling and decision making hasn’t been great, Panthers fans should be more worried about who is running the organization. 

Ever since Jerry Richardson sold the Carolina Panthers to David Tepper, the Panthers have gone 30-64. At least the number of coaches Tepper has fired is still in the single digits. While many coaches have come and gone in Carolina, coaching seems to not be the biggest issue. 

Panthers fans have been in shambles over the past six years as they have not seen a playoff game since 2016. The Panthers have gone from making a Cam Newton fueled Super Bowl appearance to not even owning a winning record. 

David Tepper is taking the fun out of Carolina Panthers football and the fanbase has been shrinking and shrinking over the past few seasons. 

However the motto “Keep Pounding” seems to be greatly used now because that is all the Panthers can seem to do now. Just keep working. Keep pounding.

The most disappointing season of the past six years has to be this 2023 season. Trading up in the NFL draft to take QB1 of the future in Bryce Young, picking up veteran receivers in DJ Chark and Adam Theilen, picking up Miles Sanders who had a breakout year with the Eagles in 2022, picking up a veteran tight end in Hayden Hurst and building a whole new coaching staff seemed promising. The Panthers are now 1-11. 

The problem is not talent, the team has plenty of ability in that category. Ownership is the biggest problem. 

Bryce Young needs to be developed properly, and with someone like David Tepper running this organization I am not sure that Young will ever be surrounded with what he needs to succeed.

Oh, it’s not just football. Soccer is also a part of the mix. Since David Tepper bought the Charlotte Football Club, the team has already gone through two head coaches in just its first couple of years. 

Where did those coaches go? He fired them, too. That’s another story.

I hate to break it to fans but if the Panthers organization is not sold by David Tepper, this city’s spirit and team are just going to keep getting worse and worse. And he doesn’t seem to want to do that.

So, Panthers fans, brace yourselves for a rough next couple of years

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Conner Shelton
Conner Shelton, Sports Editor. Podcast Editor

Conner Shelton is a junior at the Community School of Davidson and is returning to journalism for a second year because he wants to  further his skills by interviewing more people and exploring different types of journalistic writing. He looks forward to meeting new people and gaining knowledge on how to become the best journalist possible. 

Conner loves to play baseball and is a member of the school’s baseball team. In his free time he loves to hangout with friends, workout and play with his dog, Charley. He has one sister who is in the 7th grade and is on the middle school volleyball team. His favorite subject is chemistry. Why? Conner enjoys the hard work and dedication that the subject takes to master.

"Hard work and dedication set the foundation for achievement." -  Wander Franco

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    Mrs. KeithFeb 12, 2024 at 8:21 pm

    I’m going to try to remain an eternal optimist; surely they’ll get better soon, right? We can’t get much worse! #keeppounding