|Carolina Panthers fire Marty Hurney|
|1-5 start costs general manager his job|
|Published Monday, October 22, 2012 9:59 am|
The Carolina Panthers have fired general manager Marty Hurney.
The team made the announcement Monday morning after Sunday’s 19-14 loss to Dallas dropped Carolina to 1-5 with a four-game losing streak.
“This was an extremely difficult decision,” Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a prepared statement. “Marty made every effort to bring success to the Panthers and took the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC championship games. Unfortunately, we have not enjoyed the success we hoped for in recent years. I have the greatest respect and admiration for Marty and will always appreciate the way he tirelessly served the organization.”
Hurney was general manager when the Panthers advanced to the Super Bowl in 2003 and a pair of NFC championship games, the last in 2005. Carolina also won the NFC South in 2008, its last year in the playoffs. Since then, the Panthers, who’ve never had consecutive winning seasons, fired coach John Fox and replaced him with Ron Rivera, who is in his second season.
“I am very fortunate to have been a part of one of the best organizations in the NFL since 1998,” says Hurney. “As General Manager I will always regret not helping us win the Super Bowl or having back-to-back winning seasons. I hope this change starts accomplishing the direction to those goals.”
Hurney has been under fire for his inconsistent history in the draft and signing Panthers veterans to huge contract extensions only to have them underperform. He extended quarterback Jake Delhomme in 2008, who last one season before Fox released him. Running backs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, who reached extensions in the last year, have fewer rushing yards than quarterback Cam Newton. Defensive end Charles Johnson, who signed a $95 million extension in 2011, is tied with free agent pickup Dwan Edwards in sacks with 3.5.
“I understand this decision by Mr. Richardson and will always have an extremely close relationship with him,” Hurney said. “I consider him the best owner in the NFL. I am responsible for everybody in coaching, the players, the scouts and everybody in football operations. After six weeks, we are 1-5 coming off a 6-10 season.”
And now, Hurney’s been relieved of that responsibility.
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