Mac Attack 10/2/12: Panthers GM Marty Hurney joined the guys to discuss the 1-3 start, his job status, and was thrown many tough questions regarding the state of the team.
With regards to safety Haruki Nakamura playing not up to par against the Atlanta Falcons, Hurney says that they signed him to stir up competition in the safeties and did have an interception in a previous game, but most of his places could have ‘done better.’
“We’re 1 and 3 right now. Everybody is going to get criticized,” he says. “Last Sunday was our best collective effort of the season.”
Josh Norman is another player in the secondary that received much criticism from Panthers fans for his missed opportunities defending Atlanta’s offense. Hurney thinks that he didn’t neglect secondary in the draft or trading opportunities, and thought that Josh Norman is a talented young corner.
With the option to go for it on 4 and 1 with a talented quarterback like Cam Newton, Hurney thought that it was the right choice to kick the ball based on the outcome of the 1 yardline kick in the Falcons endzone.
“If they don’t score, it’s the right call. But when it doesn’t work…then you question the call. But I think it was the right call.”
The Panthers GM understands all of the criticism the team is facing from fans. “It’s more than one play, and we have to learn how to close games and play better,” says Hurney.
The Mac Attack did refer back to Grantland.com’s Bill Barnwell interview last week as the blog writer ripped Hurney for being one of the worst general managers in the league for the way he picks players for the league.
“It doesn’t matter where they’re taken or what they’re making, it’s the talent ability,” says Hurney. “No team in the league doesn’t have holes.” The GM feels as if the game against the Falcons was going to be tough but overall they played well cohesively as a team.
“I don’t have a time track by my choice. I’m in this thing to win, and if we don’t win and I don’t deserve to be here then. I’m not doing this for money. I’m doing this to win football games.” His job is to win, but it “rips his guts out” every time that they lost.
When asked if he’s miserable now after all of the loses, Hurney says that “its an understatement.”
Listen more to the Mac Attack interview as they talk about the spending spree after the NFL Draft, Luke Kuechly, and owner Jerry Richardson.