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Panthers GM Marty Hurney Fired Following 1-5 Start
The Carolina Panthers announced Monday morning that general manager Marty Hurney has been relieved of his duties.
The decision came with Carolina off to a 1-5 start despite having one of the league’s higher payrolls.
“This was an extremely difficult decision,” team owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement released by the team. “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 joined the team’s personnel department in 1998 and was elevated to general manager in 2002.7
Hurney has recently been spending a lot of money mainly to keep their own free agents in recent years, and are pressed up right against the cap as a result.. His big $78 million spending on ineffectual running backs Jonathan Stewart, Deangelo Williams and Mike Tolbert was clearly not working out as the Panthers have struggled to assemble any sort of running game in 2012.
The move on Hurney follows Cam Newton’s press conference yesterday, when he was quoted as saying “something has to change”.