Marty Hurney is the interim general manager in charge of the Carolina Panthers. He took over for Dave Gettleman who was fired on Monday. Gettleman had given out an array of big-money contracts that caused financial difficulties for the organisation and was ousted as a result. Hurney met with the media on Wednesday and stated that he would have full control of the roster and that he intended to have Panthers best interests at heart.
He said “Right now for me, it’s getting up to speed with [coach] Ron [Rivera] on the roster and the personnel people and the salary-cap guy, and just making sure that I’m ready to go when players report Tuesday to training camp.”. Hurney went on to say “I’ll make the right decisions for this organisation, not only short-term, but long-term,” he said. “I can only do it one way. Full board. Full go. I am interim, and I have that role, but I’m going to attack it just like I would any other year. I’m going to attack it and do what I think is best for this organisation both short-term and long-term.”
Hurney has previously managed Carolina’s GM from 2002 until he was fired in 2012 and replaced by Gettleman. Despite the fact that his previous post ended badly, he is being trusted by owner Jerry Richardson to make decisions that could have a significant impact on the franchise. Hurney seems confident and said on Wednesday that he has a new outlook for his one year on the job. He hasn’t discussed whether contract extensions for Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen are at the top of his priority list, but he has promised to do right by the Panthers.
“While we did a lot of things right, and I’ve realised we did do a lot of things right while I was here, we also made mistakes,” he said of his previous tenure. “And I think I’ve learned from those mistakes. And I think that that different perspective is going to help me a lot. Again, it still comes down to we have so many good people here. This isn’t about me — it’s about us. It’s a ‘we game.’
“On the field, upstairs — it’s about people working together, and we certainly — coaching, personnel, business side, everybody in this organisation — we have good people. I know a lot of ’em in that locker room. I know a lot of ’em. I’m familiar with the six captains. There are guys that were here and left and are back again. I know those guys. I know the principles and the philosophies of this organisation. I’m proud to be apart of it. I’m excited to get going. There’s a lot to do.”