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Panthers to hire consultant for G.M. search


The Panthers have secured a head start on their effort to find a new General Manager.  And while they can’t hire someone from another team until that team’s season has ended, the Panthers can start looking.

Since most owners don’t really know what to look for when hiring a G.M., Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will as many teams do hire a consultant to help them find the right candidates, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.

(Which is much better than what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did.  When Jones bought the team, he made himself the G.M.)

The consultant will, per Person, “examine the football operations” in Charlotte, attend practices, and watch film of the team’s performance.

While consultants are often necessary because the owner doesn’t know whom to hire — and typically is reluctant to ask other owners for help — the reality is that the consultant comes to the table with a list of candidates in his pocket reflecting the consultant’s relationships in the business.  Whether it’s friends or family members or persons to whom favor are owed (or from whom future favors are desired), few consultants will have a clean slate and a fully open mind.

And so whoever is hired as consultant will go a long way toward determining the identity of the person hired as G.M., which will go a long way toward determining the identity of the next coach, which will go a long way toward determining whether and to what extent an appropriate commitment will be made to quarterback Cam Newton.

To many, the thought of moving on from Cam Newton is inconceivable.  The reality, however, is that every G.M. wants his own coach and every coach wants his own quarterback.  Given the haul of draft picks that an unproven Robert Griffin III yielded for the Rams, the best move for the new regime could be to send Newton to a team that thinks it can get Newton to play like he did in 2011, and to use the high draft pick the Panthers are on pace to earn in 2013 on a new quarterback of the future.

For now, the point is that there’s a wide range of possible outcomes.  The process will start to be narrowed once the consultant is hired, because the consultant will know even before doing any amount of homework as to the current state of the Panthers the persons the consultant is inclined to recommend for the job.

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29 Responses to “Panthers to hire consultant for G.M. search”
  1. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 24, 2012 9:01 AM

    Pat Kirwan. Do it.

  2. SeenThisB4 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:08 AM

    Not exactly 100 percent sterling silver……

  3. prince5000 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:15 AM

    Cam is an immature baby – but he is only in his second year. He went to college for one year and then to the draft. He does have the talent he just needs to develop thicker skin. What Ron Riveria should be worried about are the whispers you hear on ESPN that the locker room is starting to turn on him – that is the problem.

  4. purplengold says: Oct 24, 2012 9:30 AM

    Hire more than one consultant, get multiple views. Many teams would be glad to give Cam a try with a pro offense.

  5. coonsqualler says: Oct 24, 2012 9:38 AM

    Holmgren just became available yesterday!:)

    Just Sayin’…..Go Brownies!

  6. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 24, 2012 9:39 AM

    Listen Sweetheart, if Cam Newton is traded it will be his undoing because then he is never really attached to a franchise the way any player is when first drafted. I understand the trade scenario described and it is plausible in my mind, but I think Cam could be one of the greats if he is developed and groomed and given time to grow, just like Eli needed his first few years before he started playing at that very high level.

  7. squrlmoos1 says: Oct 24, 2012 9:45 AM

    Looks like we have a new landing spot for Mike Holmgren !!

  8. tannethrill says: Oct 24, 2012 9:54 AM

    Got to assume Tuna wants a crack at it, especially when the location is in between FL and NJ.

    Another name that comes to mind is Bill Polian although he might just be interested in advancing his son’s career.

    My gut tells me that Richardson has cheaped it out long enough and Cowher is going to take the job, build his team and eventually step in. I think it’s the location he’s been waiting for unless he’s locked in with Mara and Tisch once Coughlin retires.

  9. gpack22 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:08 AM

    Having been in GB through the Holmgren years I’m here to tell you NO WAY he goes to Carolina if Cam Newton is his QB. Almost 0% chance. He is nowhere near the QB type that Holmgren desires for his West Coast offense.

  10. linvillegorge says: Oct 24, 2012 10:11 AM

    Good. And you can go ahead and stop the pot stirring regarding Cam Newton. He’s our QB. He’s one of the few bright spots of this franchise right now. The majority of the people throwing out criticism and questioning him aren’t watching the games. If you were, you’d see that the option scheme and poor OL play are a huge part of why his numbers aren’t up to par.

  11. daknight93 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:32 AM

    Panthers organization made alot of poor decisions…panthers gave big contracts to two backs who are not producing at all…too much selfishness with Cam and his attitude stinks when it comes to losing and he threw others under the bus causing the GM to being fired…Cam’s crying will continue because no one in this organization will set him straight…the head coach will be next to be fired and Cam will have to learn and be successful in a pro offense and kill the college option because it doesn’t work in the nfl..option only works against bottom feeder teams…Panthers organization is a mess..they are working on a top 5 pick in next years draft…Stick a fork in the panthers for 2012..another losing season.

  12. nfloracle says: Oct 24, 2012 10:44 AM

    Richardson the great business man needs to hire a consultant to help him pick a new GM. Remarkable. No wonder the Cats are swirling down the toilet.

  13. phooteballs says: Oct 24, 2012 10:46 AM

    Love the photo. The Scarecrow and the Tin man. The only one missing is DeMaurice Smith.

  14. heyguru1969 says: Oct 24, 2012 10:56 AM

    Darknight93 says: Panthers organization is a mess..they are working on a top 5 pick in next years draft…

    And with their history, it’ll be spent on another RB or WR to go across from Steve Smith. Again. When the Panthers succeeded last year, it was with a more minimalist offense, read A-B-C and if they weren’t open, run. When they added Louis Murphy, it was another shiny object they felt they had to incorporate, at the expense of LaFell’s growth. Now Cam’s trying to read A-B-C-D-E *sack*. Chudzynski and Rivera’s inexperience bear more blame than they’re getting, and you can clearly see Cam is uncomfortable, whether you like him or not. Simplify. Execute. Work harder on each play than the play before. The wins will come.

  15. Chad Baalman says: Oct 24, 2012 10:58 AM

    Dick Vermeil would be a good pick to consult during the GM search.

  16. enochmh2 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:02 AM

    People said he was gonna be a bust but he proved them wrong, now they have their chance to say something bad. Andrew luck was knighted before he played a down yet has the 31st ranked passer rating in the nfl. No one is talking about that because its early days for him,well cam is only HALF way through his SECOND season,relax people!

  17. mmsierra says: Oct 24, 2012 11:04 AM

    How about LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ?

    Not great on player evaluations….
    But, he could help them find a new stadium and a little more national exposure

  18. prince5000 says: Oct 24, 2012 11:09 AM

    tannethrill says:
    Oct 24, 2012 9:54 AM

    My gut tells me that Richardson has cheaped it out long enough and Cowher is going to take the job, build his team and eventually step in. I think it’s the location he’s been waiting for unless he’s locked in with Mara and Tisch once Coughlin retires.

    Totally agree.

  19. nflgiant says: Oct 24, 2012 11:11 AM

    Cam Newton reminds me of Ryan Leaf -big arm,high draft pick-came out of college early-signed huge contract-lashes out at media-sulks when losing-alone and not with team mates when losing-can not read NFL defences-and blames every one except himself for his problems.Enough said.

  20. thesmedman says: Oct 24, 2012 11:17 AM

    Joe Gibbs 3.0, Built in base in Carolina, and has been more than just the HC.

  21. colonel4ngus says: Oct 24, 2012 11:39 AM

    hiring a consultant worked out really well for the bears. the consulting firm they hired deemed jerry angelo as the best candidate for the general manager job back in 2001.

    the bears have one first-round pick from the angelo-era still on their roster, so if you exclude 9 of jerry’s 10 draft classes, he did a fine job.

  22. bearasstruth says: Oct 24, 2012 11:46 AM

    I smell a Jerry Angelo former Bears GM siting coming from this search. The Pro Talent Guy from the Giants and Director of pro personnel from the Steelers to be adittional candidates.

  23. montsta says: Oct 24, 2012 12:22 PM

    Some of you guys are a trip. Cam didn’t get the GM fired. His 9-29 record since 2010 and constantly whiffing on draft picks after the first round got him fired. He simply wasn’t producing. And Cam’s “struggles” are a result of an incompetent coaching staff and horrific O-line. Cam still has a better QB rating than the “best prospect since Elway” Andrew Luck. The franchise won’t be moving on from Cam. When they draft some talent around him and dump some ridiculous contracts and start winning games, Cam won’t be so pissed off about losing.

    And it’s a great move to hire a consultant to help you find a GM when the decision is this big, rather than being stubborn and doing it yourself. People are finding any reason to chastise this team at this point, and its ridiculous.

  24. jimmysee says: Oct 24, 2012 12:42 PM

    Advice to Panthers — don’t hire Mike Holmgren.

    Now — to whom do I submit my invoice?

  25. realitypolice says: Oct 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    Slow down there, big guy. I don’t think anyone is seriously considering running Cam Newton out of town based upon 6 games this season.

    The idea that new GMs and coaches always want to bring in their own QB is slightly flawed, too. Do you think if New Orleans had decided to hire a new coach after bounty gate that the new coach would have wanted to get rid of Drew Brees? Not comparing Newton to Brees but you get my point

    I would think the fact that you have a very young, supremely talented franchise QB who may need a little work in the maturity department would be an attraction to a top coach who would have the confidence that he could fix the kid’s head.

    As for the GM, I would personally like to see Mike Lombardi get another shot.

  26. realitypolice says: Oct 24, 2012 1:02 PM

    nfloracle says:
    Oct 24, 2012 10:44 AM
    Richardson the great business man needs to hire a consultant to help him pick a new GM. Remarkable. No wonder the Cats are swirling down the toilet.

    Actually, that’s what smart businessmen do. They don’t assume that they know everything, and they bring in experts when necessary.

    As mind blowing as this might be to you, alot of these guys actually own businesses outside of football and don’t spend 24 hours a day obsessing over their team.

  27. greysolon says: Oct 24, 2012 1:20 PM

    If you go the “consultant” route, you must use at least two— and three would be even better. A lot of these consultants are just taking money while getting their friends jobs.

  28. riverhorsey says: Oct 24, 2012 1:21 PM

    Chiefs fans will pay you to take Pioli. Hire him away and we will send you real money !!

    Deduct it from our pay checks, anything you want !! Help !!!

  29. footballfan86 says: Oct 25, 2012 5:09 PM

    PAT KIRWAN. 100%. end of discussion.

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