Panthers, near the end of third straight losing season, fire GM Marty Hurney
The Carolina Panthers are on a slide and made a change before the season ended.
The Panthers have sacked General Manager Marty Hurney. It was Hurney's second stint as the team's GM. He was Carolina's GM from 2002 to 2012 and held that role again from 2017 when he was hired as an interim GM before getting the job back on a permanent basis until Monday.
#Panthers separates from General Manager Marty Hurneyhttps: //t.co/ingC1Yjlq9
- Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 21, 2020
The Panthers with new coach Matt Rhule started 3-2, but have since lost eight of nine.
According to the Panthers website, owner David Tepper "respected Hurney's traditional approach but hopes to bring more data-driven processes into football operations."
"I think sometimes it just takes a restart, an update," Tepper said, according to the Panthers site. "We did it on the coaching side last year. Maybe you could say it should have been done before on the GM side. Maybe it should have been. I'm sure people could say that or both .
"I think it's just time on both sides to do that. It just seems like the right time to move forward."
Hurney had made several strong draft picks this season, including safety and defensive rookie of the year candidate Jeremy Chinn and other standout figures like receiver D.J. Moore and Pass Rusher Brian Burns. But the Panthers are ending their third straight season.
Given Tepper's desire for an organizational change in philosophy and the lack of victories, Hurney was replaced. A big Carolina off-season starts a little early.
Marty Hurney, general manager of the Carolina Panthers, was fired with two weeks left in the season. (AP Photo / Chuck Burton, File)
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