Analysis: The Panthers made the right call moving on from Marty Hurney
When Panther's owner David Tepper bought the team a few years ago, he made it pretty clear that he would not tolerate losing for long. In his introductory press conference, Tepper famously stated that his top three priorities were to win, win and win.
Since then, the organization has seen more changes than any other team in the NFL. Starting with the sacking of former coach Ron Rivera last December, the massive cleanup of the squad outside the 2020 season, and today's sudden sacking of General Manager Marty Hurney, Tepper's influence has officially turned the team upside down.
In the end, Hurney didn't give Tepper much of a choice. While he was more than adept at finding elite talent in the first round of drafting, the rest of the job proved far more difficult for Hurney. The team's record during its two terms as GM was well below the 500 mark, and its confusing, outdated philosophy of team-building played a major role in that disappointment.
Until a change was made, Carolina was likely to continue to falter as a mediocre or inferior team compared to the competition.
There is no guarantee that anyone who replaces Hurney will be a brilliant GM leading the franchise to their first Super Bowl win. What was clear was that the panthers had gone as far as Hurney could take.
This development solidifies the status of trainer Matt Rhule as the face of the organization and as the most powerful person in the building next to Tepper. He has six more years on his contract after this season, which makes him one of the highest paid coaches in the league.
While Rhules earlier 4-10 record might suggest he'll struggle at that level after a successful college career, the first signs are that Rhule knows what he's doing. That means today's news should be celebrated by Carolina fans eager to see the franchise become a competitor again.
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