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.