David Tepper doesn’t take questions at Thursday’s press conference: ‘I’m in the background now’

Carolina Panthers fans have been imploring owner David Tepper to take a backseat following yet another miserable season. Well, he took one on Thursday.

This morning, the organization held its introductory press conference for new president of football operations/general manager Dan Morgan and new head coach Dave Canales. But outside of leading in for his new power duo, Tepper elected not to speak at the event.

Here’s what he did say at the podium when setting up the presser for Morgan and Canales:

“Let me tell ya a little bit about Dan and Dave. They are tremendous people, well respected and they are both connectors. Dan has 14 years of front-office experience throughout the league. When Dan was a player, he kept the defense connected and on the same page. And I’ve seen those traits with him translate throughout this building with everyone—including scouts, players and coaches. He keeps everybody moving in the right direction. As a player, he had a relentless pursuit of excellence, which he’ll bring to this organization.

“Dave Canales brings that same quality to players and coaches, and on the field every day. He has a track record of bringing the best out of players. He is a connector. He takes the time to work with players to create an environment that will earn their trust and maximize their ability.

“Each of them brings experience from winning programs. They share the same vision for our organization and are aligned on how they’ll get there.”

So, as opposed to last year’s intro for former head coach Frank Reich, today was a one-and-done for Tepper.

Story originally appeared on Panthers Wire