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Chris Tabor replaces Frank Reich as new Panthers coach — What's deal with David Tepper?

Chris Tabor is in his 15th season in the NFL and is in his second year as special teams coordinator for Carolina

By Web Desk
November 27, 2023
Chicago Bears interim head coach Chris Tabor during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. — X/@denniswierzbicki
Chicago Bears interim head coach Chris Tabor during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field. — X/@denniswierzbicki

Chris Tabor, the Carolina Panthers' coordinator of special teams, will assume the position on Monday following Frank Reich's dismissal as head coach, as per a statement published by club owner David Tepper.

According to the team, Tabor is in his 15th season in the NFL and is in his second year as special teams coordinator for Carolina.

According to Tabor's official team profile, he established a franchise record with four blocked field goals and led the squad in field goal %. The Panthers said that Tabor was placed fourth in Rick Gosselin's conclusive rankings. Prior to Tabor, the team's ranking was 28th.

Tabor spent 2018 to 2021 as the Chicago Bears' special teams coordinator before joining the Carolina Panthers. From 2011 to 2017, he was employed by the Cleveland Browns in the same capacity. In 2008, the Bears employed him for the first time in the NFL as a special teams assistant.

According to his Panthers profile, Tabor was the running backs and special teams coach at Western Michigan University for two seasons in 2006 and 2007. He was still employed by Utah State University in 2005, where he had been the wide receivers assistant head coach since 2002.

What's the problem?

Mike Florio wrote about David Tepper in Pro Football Talk which is as follows:

"There’s no test for becoming an owner. No exam. No personality evaluation. No assessment of whether the person will be a good owner or not a good owner."

"There’s only one factor: Can you come up with the money?"

"It’s a basic reality for every fan base. You’re stuck with the owner, and in many cases the owner is simply the person who came up with the money — or a family member of that person."

"Few owners spend their lives in football. Few owners know what they’re doing when it comes to football decisions. Many owners who made billions in some other line of work believe they’re good enough, smart enough, and will work hard enough to make magic happen again."

"David Tepper is the current example of the NFL owner most out of his element and least willing to admit it. He made billions playing money games. He thinks those skills will allow him to win plenty of football games. They don’t and they won’t."

"He’s too involved. He’s trying too hard. He’s caring too much. He’s too impulsive. He’s too impatient. And Panthers fans are the ones who have to deal with it."

"Maybe he’ll learn. Maybe he’ll grow. Maybe he’ll mature as an owner. Maybe he’ll hire a coach and get out of the way. Maybe he won’t put a thumb on the scale when it comes to picking a quarterback. Maybe he’ll just be a glorified fan who (like all fans) rolls with the punches and (unlike any other fan) counts the money."

"Panthers fans can only hope he’ll figure it out. Tepper went to Carnegie Mellon, so we know he’s smart. (I did, too. So there’s that.) But he’s not emotionally intelligent. He’s not a people person. He adds stress and strain to the workplace with his presence, his demeanor, his words, his reactions."

"And he either doesn’t know it or he doesn’t care."

"Maybe it’s too late for him to change. If so, Panthers fans are going to have to wait a long, long time for things to improve."