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Panthers fire GM Marty Hurney; time for a ‘restart,’ says owner David Tepper

The Panthers fired common supervisor Marty Hurney on Monday, the staff introduced. 

Carolina is final within the NFC South with a 4-10 file after a Week 15 defeat to the Packers in Inexperienced Bay. It had moved to 3-2 with a run of three straight wins by means of late September and early October, however a subsequent dip in type ended any playoff hopes because the staff struggled with out star operating again Christian McCaffrey. 

Hurney, appointed for a second time as GM in 2017 — initially on an interim foundation — has paid the value together with his job. He departs six months early; his contract runs by means of June 2021.

Panthers proprietor David Tepper advised reporters that it grew to become clear in his conversations with Hurney that the 2 had totally different concepts about how the group ought to be run. Tepper stated he’ll look to make the soccer operation extra data-driven.

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Tepper additionally disclosed that he thought of shifting sooner on Hurney’s departure. 

“I feel typically you simply want a restart, a refresh,” Tepper stated. “We did it final 12 months on the teaching facet (changing Ron Rivera with Matt Rhule). Possibly you would say it ought to have been carried out earlier than on the GM facet. Possibly it ought to have been. I am certain individuals might say that, or in any other case, on either side. 

“I feel it is simply time, on either side, to do this. It simply looks as if the appropriate time to maneuver ahead.” 

Rhule could have a say in who replaces Hurney, Tepper stated.

“You take a look at profitable organizations, and there is a sure alignment between the top coach and the GM,” Tepper stated. “To assume that you are able to do that with out some form of alignment is nuts. So to not have a head coach with some enter into that’s silly. I do not wish to be silly, OK?”

Carolina final made the NFL playoffs in 2017, shedding to the Saints within the wild-card spherical.

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