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Panthers fire G.M. Marty Hurney


The disappointing start for the Carolina Panthers has cost General Manager Marty Hurney his job.

In an announcement released Monday morning, the Panthers confirmed that Hurney has been fired.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a 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.”

As part of the team’s announcement, Hurney also issued a statement expressing good will for the team.

“I am very fortunate to have been a part of one of the best organizations in the NFL since 1998,” Hurney said. “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. I understand this decision by Mr. Richardson and will always have an extremely close relationship with him. 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 that 1-5 start has ended Hurney’s tenure in Carolina.

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54 Responses to “Panthers fire G.M. Marty Hurney”
  1. larrydavidstern says: Oct 22, 2012 9:54 AM

    Need to fire the head coach next. You can tell that guy is just a coordinator, a la Norv Turner.

  2. daknight93 says: Oct 22, 2012 9:56 AM

    Cam will continue to cry and cry until he win a game again..get use to it panther fans

  3. knackstermyea says: Oct 22, 2012 9:57 AM

    “This was an extremely difficult decision,” Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement.

    Tranlation : Somebody had to go to appease the fans.

  4. ttommytom says: Oct 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    Marc Ross.


  5. terraj35 says: Oct 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    Wow, if that’s not a scapegoat move I dont know what is. Before the season some people had them as a potential playoff team due to Cam and all the great talent on the team. Now They dont have any talent?

  6. dmitchell624 says: Oct 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    Well new GM’s usually bring in their own guy so that ax will probably fall soon.

  7. mrplow3 says: Oct 22, 2012 9:58 AM

    So that’s how it’s going to be.

    Blame everyone on the team except the “elite” QB who locks in on his recievers, doesn’t scan the field, and doesn’t read the defense.

    Yeah, this will end well.

  8. ndizzl says: Oct 22, 2012 10:00 AM

    Righttt because the GM is the one throwing picks in the endzone, fumbling, and sulking in press conferences.

  9. commonsenseisnotcmonman says: Oct 22, 2012 10:01 AM

    Hopefully Pioli is available to GM for the Panthers after this season.

    (Crossing fingers)

  10. yelix says: Oct 22, 2012 10:02 AM

    You seeing this, Clark Hunt? The precedent has been set. Fire Scott Pioli.

  11. joshsmith199065 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:04 AM

    Wow what a shocker, he should have been fired after the ned of the 2010 year if you wanted to rebuild.

    It’s sad it took him 3 straight bad drafts etc to now fire him.

    Who’s next, Ron R, Chud etc? I’m not a fan of this team but how dumb is it to not use your rb’s when every team rb’s gets 15-20 touches besides the panthers?

  12. prosourcetalk says: Oct 22, 2012 10:05 AM

    Hopefully the next GM will spend money on the secondary and not the backfield

  13. jdubkc says: Oct 22, 2012 10:05 AM

    Hopefully Pioli gets the hell out of Chiefs Nation and another sucker team can deal with him!

  14. jimboinlimbo says: Oct 22, 2012 10:06 AM

    I know many will assume that I live under a rock and I’m a little embarrassed to say that I didn’t realize the Panthers were 6-10 last year!

    With all the hype centering around the season Newton had, I really thought they were at least 8-8 and fell just short of the playoffs.

    Cam Newton is a physical phenom to be sure but is he an NFL quarterback or just an overhyped media darling?

    I think the latter.

  15. dionoil says: Oct 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    Bring back polian?

  16. joshsmith199065 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    “Hopefully Pioli is available to GM for the Panthers after this season. ”

    What has he done with the Chiefs since he left the Patriots? Still hasn’t found the chiefs a “franchise” Qb.

  17. dalucks says: Oct 22, 2012 10:07 AM

    It is about time. This move is long overdue.

  18. jacobslatter says: Oct 22, 2012 10:10 AM

    Time for The Chin Bill Cowher.

  19. djp141 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:11 AM

    Anyone calling this a scapegoat move isn’t aware of Hurney’s miserable track record as a GM. The only question is “What took so long?”

  20. regisphilbin says: Oct 22, 2012 10:11 AM

    Great, now when the Jag’s will probably hire this guy when our owner opens his eye’s and fires Jean Smiff.

  21. jdubkc says: Oct 22, 2012 10:12 AM

    I will give you a starting QB and a Head Coach if you take Pioli… Please

  22. enrifer says: Oct 22, 2012 10:12 AM

    I thought they say Cam wouldn’t be the next Jamarcus Russell, I guess they were wrong again

  23. oriolesvsravens says: Oct 22, 2012 10:12 AM

    After no major moves in the offseason after an encouraging 2011. Not a surprise.

  24. radtrigger says: Oct 22, 2012 10:13 AM

    Fire Cam

  25. pantherfan4life0210 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:14 AM

    Cam is the topic again because I could have sworen this was about the GM Marty?

  26. linvillegorge says: Oct 22, 2012 10:20 AM

    Panthers fans know this move is looooooooong overdue. He should’ve followed John Fox out the door.

  27. ernie ernie says: Oct 22, 2012 10:21 AM

    Cam told the owner it was the GM’s fault for the losses so he had to go. Next week when Cam loses the coach is being fired.

  28. ernie ernie says: Oct 22, 2012 10:22 AM

    Interesting to see if ol Cam will end up like Vince Young. Loses are everbody elses fault and he is on a team that has a bunch of losers.

    Pretty soon even the coaches get tired of hearing it, especially when your losing.

  29. maverick5266 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:23 AM

    Ya I guess spending your cap money on three RB’s and a QB that is a glorified RB, while at the same time not investing in your OL and defense has taken its toll. The Panthers will be paying for years to come for this guys poor decisions. Guess he should have done his homework on Cam’s mental stability, and paid one RB then he might still have a job.

    Observational note to Panthers fans: When the leader of your team and 1st overall pick in the draft starts sounding like a kid who lost a pee wee league game during his post game press conferance, firing the guy who picked him is a step in the right direction.

  30. jrock3x8 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:25 AM

    u say fire the coach because he’s a coordinator but he’s a DEFENSIVE coordinator and this team has been dreadful on defense.

    so fire him twice? Still this is Chico’s second year – you’ve got to give him at least one more year… if they start 1-5 next year, by all means…

  31. keeppounding51 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:26 AM

    This has been long overdue. he is surely being used as a scapegoat in the heat of the moment but there is a reason he was working this season without a contract. The only issue I have is this is a few years too late. John Fox is smiling this morning.

  32. italia1970 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:29 AM

    Is Chud next?

  33. igotgamenj says: Oct 22, 2012 10:37 AM

    Cam Newton is so overrated …he makes dumb decisions and is a crybaby

  34. realitypolice says: Oct 22, 2012 10:42 AM

    In era where no one is locking running backs into long term cap busting deals, he did it twice.

    That, in and of itself, is a fireable offense.

  35. mackie66 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:43 AM

    MArty should have drafted a QB instead of baby huey.

  36. dirtysouthironmen says: Oct 22, 2012 10:44 AM

    As a JAGS fan I was hoping this was an article how Shad Khan fired Gene Smith.

  37. captainspangled says: Oct 22, 2012 10:49 AM

    Praise God this move was so overdue. I know swarms of misinformed imbecilea who have been looking for every opportunity to trash the QB since his college days will do so here, but frankly, it’s an indictment on them because it simply shows how misinformed they really are.

    There are two key problems with this panthers team.

    The first, is a lack of talent in crucial areas. Oodles of money has been invested into positions with low positional value, while offensive targets and defensive backfield players are ignored.

    The second is a misuse of the players on the team the coaching staff, and the players lack of faith on their coaches has started to show from a VARIETY of players.

    This move alleviates at least one of those problems, and getting a GM who is on the same page with his coaching staff may help remedy the second to an extent.

    In the end though, Rivera is going to have to abandon his college bullcrap offense and run something more conventional as we did last year, when Cam threw for over 4000 yards.

  38. bigbluefan1 says: Oct 22, 2012 10:57 AM

    And this is going to make your QB grow up?

    I watched his after game interview and he threw everyone on the team under the bus.

    No way this kid will ever take that team any place.

  39. ebrownwareagle says: Oct 22, 2012 11:02 AM

    That TEAM SUCKS! For all the Cam haters and he pouts to much enthusiast; see Peyton Manning, Tom Brady Etc on the sideline when someone run the wrong route or they lose. Same Damn thing except they don’t use the towel. Last time I check Peyton Manning, was horrible his first 2-3 yrs and so was his brother. Until, they built a team around them and got them the pieces they need. The Defense in Carolina is terrible, along with the O-line,The WR’s and RB’s! The only thing this team has is The QB. It’s a reason this team had the #1 pick in the draft last year. It’s because they suck. And the only thing they did was bring in a Stud QB and forgot everything else. That team STINKS, and one player cant change that. You can’t put Cologne on Dirt and expect it to smell good!

  40. chasewalshsl says: Oct 22, 2012 11:07 AM

    Can he be Khalil’s guest in the owner’s box during the SuperBowl?

  41. dawsonleery says: Oct 22, 2012 11:28 AM

    New GM = New Head Coach and in comes cases that also means new QB.

  42. dolfanatik says: Oct 22, 2012 11:33 AM

    Cam said something had to change really soon. Guess owner heard him whining.

  43. joshsmith199065 says: Oct 22, 2012 11:33 AM

    “I watched his after game interview and he threw everyone on the team under the bus.”

    I see nothing wrong with what Cam N said, heck the media has no problem with it. How can you develop a qb by playing shotgun 75-80% of the time? How about line him up under center?

    Using the read option as a base offense 20-25% on running plays? No qb under that scheme will ever develop into a pocket passer.

    Ron R and co are poor coaches who lacks clock management, in game adjustments, fundamentals etc. He still has no identity after 23 games.

  44. geniusfan says: Oct 22, 2012 11:33 AM

    “And this is going to make your QB grow up?”

    This has nothing to do with Cam needing to “grow up” it has to do with a GM that has been terrible at his job for years and years.

    Why can’t any of you differentiate this move from Cam Newton’s play? Have you even seen the contracts Hurney has given out? Have you seen the drafts this guy has had recently?

    A lot of you just hate Cam that’s all there is to it. People just can’t wait to jump all over him. He’s going to bounce back and right the ship but this team he’s on isn’t very good.

    This coaching staff misuses their players every single game. Cam was more successful last year when they were not running this college spread offense crap.

  45. dryzzt23 says: Oct 22, 2012 11:36 AM

    Write this down: Bill Cowher will take over Carolina

  46. borisbulldog says: Oct 22, 2012 11:36 AM

    All of Richardson’s business’ Denny’s/Hardees/Panthers have the same lack of quality and mismanagement!

    This team needs to be sold and moved to LA!

  47. suhisabeast90 says: Oct 22, 2012 12:02 PM

    Should have signed Vincent Jackson in the off season. Getting rid of starting linemen and ruining the consistency of the blocking was a total disaster. A QB and RB are only as good as the blocking in front of them. Greg Olson has to be kept in as a blocker and so do the RB. This was the GM’s fault, but he should have been given the chance to fix it. Firing the GM midseason does nothing to fix the problem.

  48. holahey123 says: Oct 22, 2012 12:08 PM

    Has Ryan Kalil changed his mind about the Panthers winning the Super Bowl? Trade him to Jets already.

  49. jbaxt says: Oct 22, 2012 12:13 PM

    See Clark Hunt, you can fire a GM mid season. Carolina barely has a fan base, and contrary to that fool Eric Winston, you (KC) have one of the best fan bases in all of sports. Make it happen, your dad, and your fans deserve better.

  50. nflgiant says: Oct 22, 2012 12:13 PM

    Cam is a draft bust,thats why the G.M had to go,Cam will go the way Vince Young,and Ryan Leaf went.

  51. joshsmith199065 says: Oct 22, 2012 12:28 PM

    ” Should have signed Vincent Jackson in the off season.”

    Would it have made a huge difference if you have a predictable offensive coordinator who gets to cute of running college plays instead of running nfl plays that helps them move the ball?

    Did their former left guard in T Wharlton torn his acl with the Bengals? Also was due $8 million this year? He wasn’t worth that contract to keep.

    When your oc can’t adjust to what opposing defenses are throwing at you, you’re going nowhere.

  52. thesmedman says: Oct 22, 2012 12:47 PM

    trade Cam to Oakland – they like used QBs

  53. blaksteele says: Oct 22, 2012 1:09 PM

    Let’s be real, this is about the huge guarantees given to DeAngelo Williams and Jon Stewart that’s not working out at all.

  54. pekkle007 says: Oct 22, 2012 1:29 PM

    You can’t have a GM who ignores the pressing needs of the team (secondary + 2nd WR) in order to overpay 3 rbs and have bad drafts. At least the owner had enuff guts to do right by the fans.

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