The owner giving up control and selling the team is just a blip on the radar screen for players.
To those in New Orleans and Atlanta who think the departure of Jerry Richardson and his impending sale of the Panthers will be a distraction to Carolina players as the teams battle for NFC playoff positioning: Think again.
Ron Rivera and his assistant coaches, who felt comfortable that Richardson had their backs, are certainly wondering about the long-term future. But with a Super Bowl appearance on their resumes and having led Carolina to a 10-4 record so far in 2017, they are not terribly concerned about having coaching jobs in the NFL. Likewise, players always believe they’ll have jobs in the NFL, and they’re more concerned with how coaches feel about them.
Sunday’s win over the Packers was proof that Panthers players and coaches remain focused on the task at hand even as they follow the surprising downfall of the organization’s patriarch. They’re preparing to host the Bucs with an opportunity to clinch a playoff spot before they close the regular season in Atlanta. If the Panthers win twice and the Saints lose once over the next couple weeks, Carolina will be the NFC South champ and a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.
Steve is now an area director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization that Case has long been active in as well.
He’s come to the realization like a lot of people in big situations that there are things that are really too big to do by yourself, and in order to stay grounded you’ve got to find somebody or something that you believe strongly in, Steve said. I think his faith has been that for him.
Though Keenum had prior NFL experience, including nine starts for the Los Angeles Rams in 2016, he was signed by the Vikings as a one-year stopgap to be the guy in the ball cap providing sideline support and give Bridgewater ample time to recover from his colossal knee injury. Bradford had just produced an injury-free career-best performance in 2016, after all, so the Vikings were banking on him.
Over the last four months, though, they’ve been cashing in on Keenum, a dividend that has paid out handsomely for both parties.