Hurney Fired, Now What?
Many Carolina Panthers fans got their wish today when the Cats fired longtime GM Marty Hurney. Hurney was in his 11th season as the team’s GM and the direction of the organization of late, hasn’t been an upward one. This team is 9-29 since the start of 2010 (that number is the worst in the NFL). They haven’t made the playoffs in 5 of the last 6 years and their 1-5 start has them as the NFC’s worst team.
Throw in his bad draft history in the middle rounds, the dubious draft day trades and the big contracts given out to the core of a two win team and you have a GM that didn’t desrve to run an NFL franchise any longer.
With that said, why now? Is Hurney a sacrificial lame for the Big Cat to prove to the fans that he is mad like they are? What does a GM do during the season anyway? Sign a few street free agents when guys are placed on IR or cut? For better or worse, Marty had already built this team. So, I don’t see this move making any kind of difference this season. And, with the damage Marty did to the team’s salary cap standing, it will be tough for the new GM to do much in the immediate future as well.
And, without much cap room to work with, the new guy better be able to draft well. And, speaking of drafting well, the Ravens, Giants and Texans do that. Those front offices are good places to start looking for your GM. After all, Ozzie Newesome, Jerry Reese and Rick Smith aren’t doing it on their own.