The impact of Panthers Owner David Tepper since he acquired the franchise in ’18 was examined on ESPN’s “This Just In” on Thursday, with ESPN’s Louis Riddick syaing Tepper is "trying to take it to the next level, both with the coaching staff" and with "how he is building this organization from the inside out as far as the administration is concerned." Reddick notes Tepper has "really invested a ton into the analytics side." Riddick said “they have really gone ahead and built this football team the right way," with Tepper having a “great vision as far as what he wanted this to look like and it looks like at every step of the way he is having success in getting the people in place that he needs in order to carry out his vision." ESPN’s Jeff Darlington said Tepper has been “very decisive with a lot of the decisions he’s made” and he is among the “new money owners” in the NFL. Darlington: “I do think Tepper is going to be very involved in every aspect of this organization (“This Just In,” ESPN, 9/23).
LOSING TRUST: In Buffalo, Mike Harrington writes it is "hard to believe anything the Sabres say anymore," as they have "lost all the rope and goodwill they've ever had in this town." No one has "fixed this trainwreck for a decade." Fans "really want to trust the local guy," Sabres GM Kevyn Adams, who is "trying to fix this team at the hand-picked behest of ownership." Harrington: "But can we trust him after a 31st-place finish and now his role in the middle of one of the ugliest disagreements in franchise history? Maybe someday. Not yet" (BUFFALO NEWS, 9/24).
REINSDORF KNEW ALL ALONG: In Chicago, Scot Gregor notes during the '16 season, the White Sox, "finally tired of being 'mired in mediocrity,' as general manager Rick Hahn aptly phrased it," and launched a "rebuild that resulted in 95 losses the following year and 100 in 2018." White Sox sources have repeatedly said that club Chair Jerry Reinsdorf "was against a rebuild." But Reinsdorf after the White Sox wrapped up their second-straight playoff spot said that was "not true." Reinsdorf said, "There's a myth they had to talk me into it. I wanted to do it just as much as they wanted to do it." He added, "Going through it, it was painful watching the team lose individual games, but I always knew we had a plan" (Chicago DAILY HERALD, 9/24).