When a team is struggling as much as the Carolina Panthers are this season, someone generally has to go.
For the Panthers, that someone was general manager Marty Hurney, who owner Jerry Richardson fired on Monday morning.
Although the franchise experienced some of its greatest success under Marty Hurney, appearing in two NFC Championship games and its only Super Bowl in 2003, the last three seasons have seen the Panthers finish with losing records, with this year headed in the same direction after a 1-5 start.
Carolina appeared to be turning the corner last season, with rookie sensation Cam Newton quarterbacking the team to some incredible performances, shattering records on a weekly basis, but Newton is currently going through what sports fans term a "sophomore slump."
It isn't time to give up on the former NCAA national champion signal caller or head coach Ron Rivera - at least in my opinion - so the next logical decision was to part ways with Marty Hurney, who has been with the Panthers since 1998 and has served as the team's general manager since 2002.
Marty Hurney is, by all accounts, a great guy. Despite the fact that some of the moves he has made have not worked out, he has turned the Panthers into a respectable squad. Unfortunately, as I said, there usually has to be a scapegoat in these types of situations, and Hurney was the one who ultimately took the fall.
That's just what happens when a team with Super Bowl aspirations finds itself with the worst record in its conference.
Nevertheless, Panthers fans need to remember just how much the team accomplished during Marty Hurney's tenure and wish him the best in his future endeavors. If given the opportunity, he will have success elsewhere.
As for Carolina, it's time to turn the page and get this franchise back on track once again.
Josh McKinney is an avid fan of the Carolina Panthers and has been ever since he began watching football in the early 2000s. He has watched them go through the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, but as a proud resident of North Carolina, he continues to come back for more each and every year.
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