Tag:Jerry Richardson
Posted on: August 25, 2011 2:39 pm

Richardson says he doesn't want tattooed Newton

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Well, this is an interesting little video of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson talking to Charlie Rose on the set of his talk show Tuesday. In the short clip below, Rose asks Richardson about No. 1 pick Cam Newton and the process of vetting the quarterback.

Before I get into what Richardson’s comments say about Richardson or about his thoughts about a team owner’s relationship to his most marketable star, here’s what Richardson said:

“He was dressed perfectly. I said, ‘Do you have any tattoos.’ He said, ‘No sir, I don’t have any.’ I said, ‘Do you have any piercings?’ He said, ‘No sir.’ I said, ‘We want to keep it that way.”

Richardson continued with a story about Newton saying he, maybe, wanted to grow out his hair but that Newton’s father quickly put a stop to that.

“I said we want to keep no tattoos, no piercings, and I think you have a very nice hair cut.”

Rose then said Richardson sounded a bit like the no-nonsense Vince Lombardi.

“No,” Richardson said, “I just sound reasonable to me.”

I’m not quite sure how to take Richardson’s comments. On the face of it, he comes off … well … I’m not really sure how to put it. It feels vaguely wrong (or perhaps not so vaguely). On the YouTube clip, the description of the video describes Richardson as acting basically like a slave-owner.

I certainly don’t get that out of this clip.

But I do sense an owner who feels he has to create a marketing star out of Newton and that he realizes it’s probably easier to sell to the mainstream a guy who looks “presentable” without tattoos and piercings. I can’t imagine Richardson feels it’s his right to tell players how they should wear their hair* or whether he can hit up the tattoo parlor on his own time. I imagine, after all, there are plenty of Panthers who have tattoos and who have long hair and who have pierced body parts.

*Unless Richardson subscribes with the philosophy of George Steinbrenner.

But if Richardson wanted to come off looking like anything but a meddling owner who inserts himself into a players’ personal lives and their personal choices, he certainly doesn’t succeed here. If anything, I think, it's just kind of weird.   

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:59 pm

Jon Beason has surgery, wants to play in Week 1

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Injuries are not only jeopardizing the likelihood some players will be on the field to start the season, they're are also consecutive-game streaks that could be snapped, too.

The most obvious example: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who is still recovering from offseason neck surgery, has made 227 consecutive starts. Then there's linebacker Jon Beason, less prominent, but an integral part of the Panthers defense nonetheless. He underwent surgery on his left foot Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the preseason.

Beason signed a five-year, $52 million extension the day before training camp, and has played in all 64 games since the Panthers selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft.

The hope, like Manning and the Colts, is that he'll be ready by Week 1.

"We're still hoping for the opener," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said, according to the Charlotte Observer. "It was to alleviate the discomfort. As he goes through the rehab portion of it these next few days, then we'll see how he is has he's running around."

The Panthers' Week 1 opponent? The Arizona Cardinals, who are hoping to have one of their best defenders back in time for the game, too.

No word on whether team owner Jerry Richardson has questioned Beason about tats, jewelry or haircuts.

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:40 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 10:40 pm

Atmosphere anything but festive at owners meeting

Goodell, SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

ATLANTA -- After the vote was tallied and a new CBA had been passed by the owners, a cheer went up inside the Marriott ballroom where the owners had spent the last nine hours of their day. After months of negotiating and another long day of discussing, arguing and compromising, the owners let off a little bit of steam that could be heard outside in the hallway.

A few minutes later, Roger Goodell, flanked by NFL attorney Jeff Pash, Carolina’s Jerry Richardson, Kansas City’s Clark Hunt, New York Giants’ John Mara and Pittsburgh’s Art Rooney, entered the press conference room.

The mood, though, wasn’t quite as cheery.

There were no balloons -- or champagne corks -- popping. It didn’t feel like a day of celebration. It didn’t feel like things would be all right and that life would be good again. It felt a little apprehensive.

And for good reason. The NFLPA hasn’t signed off on the new CBA, and at first glance, the NFLPA doesn’t seem altogether happy with the new document. We might continue to find out just how unhappy the players actually are.

So, yeah, there weren’t a ton of smiles from the Gang of Six who stood behind the podium in front of the assembled media. If they thought this labor negotiation was completely finished, they might not be (probably aren’t) correct.

“They have a real incentive (to ratify)," Richardson said after the presser. "I can’t imagine why they’ve negotiated so hard, and they have received so many things they thought were important, I can’t imagine why they would not. Of course, there is (apprehension). But we’ve done what we’re supposed to do. We’ve done our half. It’s their choice now.”

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Those first two sentences from Richardson was a point made repeatedly Thursday. How, the owners reasoned, could the players NOT accept this deal?

“There are very substantial incentives to do so and to ratify and conclude the agreement,” Pash said. “It is a good agreement. It is a fair agreement. It is an agreement that will be very positive for players in many, many ways. … We would expect that those incentives would be responded to.

“I can’t imagine DeMaurice Smith is electing to pay all of those hours for his attorneys to negotiate an agreement that he and his members then decide not to ratify.”

Well, it looks like the decision to ratify might be rejected. If that occurs, we have another, perhaps larger set of problems that could jeopardize part -- or all -- of the 2011 season. Then, money is lost, paychecks aren’t cashed, fans aren’t happy.

Maybe, on Thursday after the owners voted 31-0 to pass the agreement, they knew the fight wasn’t over, and that’s why there were no fist pumps or fist bumps on display. Maybe, as Goodell said, the owners were simply exhausted from the negotiations.

Or maybe they knew something the players and the rest of us didn’t. The thing we’re only beginning to find out. That the hard part isn’t over yet; that there really was no reason to celebrate at all.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 3:16 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 3:48 pm

NFL, NFLPA confirm secret talks

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you needed confirmation that the NFL and the NFLPA are engaged in secret meetings this week – although you SHOULDN’T since CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman reported it Tuesday night – the two sides have released a statement.

"NFL owners and players have engaged in further confidential discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan this week,” the statement reads.

The two sides are meeting somewhere in New York – some reports have pinpointed the meetings to Long Island – and according to NFL.com, the NFLPA is represented by DeMaurice Smith, Kevin Mawae, Jeff Saturday, Mike Vrabel, Tony Richardson and Domonique Foxworth.

Meanwhile, the NFL is represented by commissioner Roger Goodell, New York Giants owner John Mara, Kansas City’s Clark Hunt, New England’s Robert Kraft, Carolina’s Jerry Richardson and San Diego’s Dean Spanos.

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Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:08 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 6:46 am

Report: owners have secret meeting in Chicago

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

About a week after full-blown owners meetings in Indianapolis, a few of the NFL’s top money men met secretly in a western suburb of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

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Among the owners spotted by the newspaper or revealed by its sources were New England’s Robert Kraft, Dallas’ Jerry Jones and Carolina’s Jerry Richardson – all major players on the NFL labor bargaining team – and apparently, commissioner Roger Goodell flew in as well.

Which leads to the obvious question. Were these owners and Goodell in Chicago for a double-secret meeting with (fingers crossed!) NFLPA representatives in an effort to solve the lockout?

The obvious answer is that we have no idea – the NFL office declined comment to the Tribune, and DuPage Airport officials cited confidentiality rules in not disclosing any information – but that theory makes plenty of sense, doesn’t it?

Besides, it doesn’t get much more suspicious than a couple of owners and the commissioner meeting at some out-of-the-way airport as they try to slip in and out of one of the biggest cities in the country while trying not to be spotted.

Unless, on their way to St. Louis for the latest Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing Friday, a few owners decided to stop in Chicago so they could pick up a case of Old Style for the ride up and back.

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:18 pm

Hot Routes 5.29.11: Furloughs and fun

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • There are many of us think it’s deplorable for teams to gut staff or send their lowest-level employees out on unpaid furloughs (even if it might make good business sense) during the lockout? Well, it also makes Steelers LB Larry Foote mad. Said Foote in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "I don't know who they're trying to fool. How the heck are they laying people off? I don't get that part. That ain't right right there. That's affecting people's lives; they're not making millions of dollars, many of them are going check to check. It's the first time I actually got mad when I read that the other day. They're going too far. That's ridiculous now. The owners are starting to make themselves look like the big companies that move people outside the country. I'm not talking about the Rooneys, I know what they're cut from."
  • T. Romo and his wife, Candice Crawford (Getty).Also in the above article, Pittsburgh NT Chris Hoke said he thinks 90 percent of the league’s veterans are OK with the lockout. Said Hoke: “I want to be in training camp, but, if we're not going in now, when's the last time I could go work out 3-4 hours in the morning and have the afternoon with my wife? Never."
  • Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to Pro Football Weekly about No. 1 pick Cam Newton missing offseason workouts: “The Panthers are going to be like everybody else and (Newton's) going to be like everybody else, so we all have to adjust and deal with what we have to deal with. I'm not really overly stressed out about it, personally."
  • CBSSports.com’s own Len Pasquarelli writes about the how and why the two sides of the labor dispute actually could agree about the monitoring of social media

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Posted on: May 22, 2011 10:21 pm

Panthers hoping to bring back DeAngelo?

Posted by Will Brinson

Many an analyst has assumed that DeAngelo Williams is as good as gone from the Panthers for the 2011 season. After all, Carolina used their franchise tag on Ryan Kalil, instead of Williams, and the Miami Dolphins have been flirting with the former Pro Bowler quite a bit.

However, the Panthers might not be quite so cool with letting Williams roll out of town.

Dan Pompei writes in the National Football Post's "Sunday Blitz" that he's learned the 'Cats are much more excited about the depth they have at running back, "believe Williams is their best running back and hope he returns."

Pompei also cites the fact that new offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinki's system "calls for two backs to get a lot of action," which means that Carolina won't likely be thrilled at the prospect of "just" having Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson and Tyrelle Sutton on the roster.

Of course, whether or not bringing back DeAngelo is an easy decision will likely revolve around what kind of rules are in place for 2011. If it's 2010's rules, Williams will be a restricted free agent and have another year with the Panthers. If not, he'll be unrestricted.

If the latter happens, it's hard to believe that the Panthers would invest heavily in a position in which they have sufficient depth.

However, two things stand out here. One, the Panthers know better than anyone how much mileage Williams has on his tires; though he's suffered injuries over the past few years, he still doesn't have as many carries as a running back his age might typically have.

And perhaps most importantly -- Jerry Richardson is one of the leaders in the CBA negotiations. If anyone has a good idea whether or not a large group of potential free agents will remain restricted, he's the guy.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 12:31 pm

Cats should take biggest gamble: Pass on Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

No less than 48 hours ago, I told a relative at Easter that I had "fully talked myself into the Panthers taking Cam Newton." That's a by-product of several things, including: a) the franchise's need for a "face" that people care about, b) the unparalleled upside that Newton represents, c) the lack of any decent quarterback on the roster and d) the need to sell tickets and get fans re-invested.

When I woke up on Monday though, I felt entirely differently, and now I'm pretty sure that the Panthers absolutely need to pass on Newton, acquire as many decent assets as they can, and focus on getting Andrew Luck in 2011. (Quite conveniently, Clark Judge is hearing they'll do just that.)

That's not saying they should "tank" -- and, disclaimer time: I'm actually a Panthers fan, so that would be kind of miserable for me. They shouldn't. No one should tank in the NFL because, unlike the NBA or MLB, things can change quickly, and teams can become successful overnight.

But have you seen Carolina's schedule? It's nuts. There are -- at most -- five winnable games on the slate in 2011, and it wouldn't matter who they had quarterbacking, as long as that person is either a rookie or a second-year Jimmy Clausen, because it's going to be a struggle.
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Obviously the Panthers get the Falcons, the Saints and the Buccaneers twice in 2011, and only an insane optimist could expect more than two wins against those three times total. Two, which is dangerously hopeful, would include a win against the Bucs at home and either a random upset of Atlanta or New Orleans, or a late-season win where one of those teams doesn't trot out their full "A-team" because their seeding decision has been settled.

Look at the rest of the schedule, and the even the most bullish fan would find a hard time arguing that, with Cam Newton and/or Jimmy Clausen at the helm, the Panthers will win five games. I mean, where are the wins? Against the Cardinals, in Arizona, during the opening week of the season? Maybe.

Week 2 against the Packers can already be ruled out, as can Week 12 against the Colts in Indy and the Week 15 matchup against the Texans in Houston; all of those teams have too much offense for the Panthers to compete. So let's say they lose those three games and go 1-5 in the division.

That leaves a home matchup against Jacksonville in Week 3, a trip to Chicago in Week 4, a home matchup against the Redskins in Week 7 followed by the Vikings coming to town in Week 8, a Week 10, post-bye matchup against the Titans in Charlotte and a trip to Detroit in Week 11. Winning three of those games, based on the success that the 2010 team had, would be considered a tremendous success. That's a 4-12 record for the season, a miserable year, and a learning experience with regard to whether Jimmy Clausen can be the future of the franchise (my answer is no, but Marty Hurney apparently still wants to find out).
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It's also probably good enough to land them the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, which will net them Andrew Luck of Stanford, unless he decides he really loves graduate school.

And yes, I understand that this is a game of chicken that no NFL front office can reasonably play; it predicates itself on thinking that your team will be awful, and that's not a mindset you see in the NFL. But the schedule is what the schedule is, and then there's this: everyone in this draft is pulling trigger on a quarterback.

Most folks believe that there's a chance six -- SIX! -- quarterbacks could be gone as early as the first round. If six of the 10 (or so) teams that are truly desperate for quarterback help take a first-rounder, there's a pretty good chance that they won't even be looking for Luck come next year, significantly improving the Panthers chance that they would wind up with the most coveted option in the 2011 draft, even if they didn't finish with the worst record. (For instance, if the Bills draft Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton third overall and finish 2-14, are they taking Luck? They can't.

And that should be the scariest fact for Hurney and new coach Ron Rivera when they start looking at their options for the coming season: even if they do take Newton, they could finish with the worst record in the NFL (in fact, one could argue drafting Newton improves their chances ...) and be faced with a decision on having to draft their third straight franchise quarterback. That's something that isn't even considered an option. Even if Luck was there, Carolina would have to think defense, which would be a shame.

Look, landing Luck vis-a-vis the No. 1 overall pick next year is far from a guarantee. But the odds of it happening for Carolina are at least as good, if not better, than hitting a home run with Cam Newton.
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