Gettleman not looking to make immediate changes

New Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman just wrapped up his first press conference, and frankly, it was like a lot of his predecessor’s old ones.

After replacing Marty Hurney and taking over the remnants of a coaching staff Hurney hired, Gettleman gave no indication he was about to make quick changes to the Panthers organization.

“Moving forward, I’m going to work with the current Panther family and get this thing right,” Gettleman said. He also said “I don’t have a list in my pocket,” in reference to possible replacements to anyone in scouting or the coaching staff.

Gettleman admitted his age (61) kept him out of the running for many jobs, and when he referred to new-school candidates as “the next young whiz-bangers,” he established himself generationally.

Perhaps as a result, he didn’t draw attention from some of the clean-slate openings around the league. But he said he was prepared to work along side inherited coach Ron Rivera.

“If you and I do this right, we’ll be hoisting a trophy with Mr. Richardson,” Gettleman said of a conversation with Rivera.

While Hurney became a pariah for the fan base after recent struggles, the Panthers clearly weren’t looking to make sweeping changes. If they were, they’d have hired a different type of GM.

Gettleman asked reporters for patience when asked about the specifics of changes he might make (since he hasn’t had enough time to fully evaluate his new roster), but the reality is, in the short term, changes might not be too numerous.

12 responses to “Gettleman not looking to make immediate changes

  1. The GM inheriting the head coach is not an ideal model and could blow up in Carolina’s face next season but it could work just like Seattle hiring John Schneider and he inherited Pete Carroll.

  2. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results . (Albert Einstein)

  3. I would’ve preferred Marc Ross due to age, but Gettleman has the experience to get this thing done. At least we have a REAL GM now, not a freaking newspaper writer.

  4. Hurney = Gettleman?

    Sure! Just strip away the two Lombardi trophies and the useful 2nd-7th round draft picks and UDFAs that the Giants acquired with his help.

  5. I hope Gettleman sets up a hotline to whomever the Jets hire as GM (if anyone ever takes the job) because the two of them will need a shoulder to cry on.

  6. Richardson and company are at least two years away from making the playoffs. We know the Falcons will be good again next year and the Saints will have Sean Payton back. I hear many local sports broadcasters say that Rivera has to make the playoffs next season to keep his job. Panthers need to get lucky in the later rounds of the draft or it is goodbye Rivera.

  7. Gettleman is nothing like Hurney. He has actually successfully scouted players beyond the first round of the draft. Hurney never could do that.

    As for the cap, Beason and Gamble will be cut, as will 1 of the RBs, the remaining RB, Anderson and Gross will be re-structured and Gettleman will use his personnel skills to find 2-3 starters in the later rounds of the draft and we’ll be just fine.

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