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Did Panthers owner Jerry Richardson make fired GM a scapegoat?

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08:56 AM ET 10.28 | As the Panthers prepare to play their first game in a long, long time without Marty Hurney serving as General Manager, some within the organization don't believe that Hurney deserved to be fired. The thinking, as a league source explained it to PFT, is that Hurney's hands have been tied by an owner who wanted to spend money after the lockout on players who were part of a 2-14 team in 2010, and that the owner didn't want to continue to spend significant money on coach John Fox, thereby allowing him to coach as a lame duck in 2010 and then land in Denver, where he has done pretty well so far. Also, it was owner Jerry Richardson who wanted to use the first overall pick in the 2011 draft on quarterback Cam Newton. Though Newton performed very well as a rookie, Newton's regression in 2012 has fueled the slide of the franchise. As we've been saying all week, Newton is getting too much blame for the poor performance of the team. The coaching staff has failed to make the adjustments necessary to counter how defenses are stopping Newton, and to in turn nudge his development forward. But firing the coaching staff would entail paying coaches not to work for the Panthers. Since Hurney didn't have a contract, there was no buyout. And since there was no buyout, it cost nothing to fire him.

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October 28, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Another franchise that needs to find a way to fire its owner.

October 28, 2012  09:33 AM ET

When is the NFL going to require perspective owners must take a Wonderlik test ?

October 28, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

When is the NFL going to require perspective owners must take a Wonderlik test ?

Jerry couldn't pass a "Wonder Years" test.

October 28, 2012  09:57 AM ET

The inmates are running the Asylum!!! Clean House, finish The Job!

October 28, 2012  10:15 AM ET

I sense a trend with owners named Jerry...

October 28, 2012  11:46 AM ET

Hurney has done next to nothing they won the Super Bowl in his 2nd season can't really call that his team Delhomme resigning totally on him time to tell the OC and QB coach to teach Cam how to play and lose like a pro

October 28, 2012  05:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hurney has done next to nothing they won the Super Bowl in his 2nd season can't really call that his team Delhomme resigning totally on him time to tell the OC and QB coach to teach Cam how to play and lose like a pro

Don't remember Panthers ever winning Super Bowl!!!

October 28, 2012  06:00 PM ET

Hail yes.

 
October 28, 2012  10:12 PM ET

He is a turd blossom.

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