Jerry Richardson sends letter to Panthers' PSL holders

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has picked up the telephone and called some of the team’s disgruntled season-ticket holders.

Now, he’s communicated with all of the team’s PSL owners, sending a letter to more than 25,000 accounts, according to the Charlotte Observer, and taking full responsibility for the current mess. The Panthers are 1-11 and it appears that coach John Fox is headed out the door after four more games. What other changes lie in store remain to be seen.

It’s been a turbulent period for the organization. Richardson fired his sons from the organization more than a year ago. The Panthers allowed defensive end Julius Peppers to depart in free agency. Fox entered this season as a lame duck coach.

“I know how difficult the season has been for you. As the person ultimately responsible for putting a team on the field, I take full responsibility for our shortfalls,” Richardson wrote. “It is agonizing that we have not performed at the level we had planned for and expected.

“Going forward, our plan of attack is to build through the draft while retaining our core players. We have one of the youngest teams in the League, and a number of those younger players have shown genuine promise in this otherwise disappointing season. We won't give up on them. We also have a solid nucleus of veterans that we will seek to keep intact.

“I want all of you to know that we plan to look at every aspect of our organization. What we do in the future will entirely be geared toward putting the best possible team on the field. I am committed to fielding a winning team, and I'm willing to invest the resources necessary to make it happen.”

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