Marty Hurney Named Panthers Interim GM
The Carolinas Panthers have chosen Marty Hurney to temporarily take over as the team’s general manager. Hurney previously served as the the panther’s GM before leaving in 2012 to be replaced by Dave Gettleman, who was fired by the Panthers last week.
Hurney spoke at a press conference Wednesday where he expressed his excitement to rejoin the team. He said he hopes to help the team be successful on the field, as well as in the search for a new, permanent general manager.
"I would not come here if I didn’t think that I could help in the interim as far as working with everybody here, and working together to try to win football games this season to start. And then identifying and helping develop a candidate for the future," Hurney said.
When asked if he would like to be considered for the long term position, Hurney said he is only focusing on the upcoming season. He also emphasized a personal goal to use better judgment.
"I think the biggest thing, and it’s a general thing, but making sure the analytical part of my brain takes over the emotional part of my brain,” Hurney said.
While he didn't give any specifics about his vision for the team, he said he returns to the Panthers with a new perspective that focuses on the team as a whole.
"It’s we. It’s not one person. One person doesn’t win a game, doesn’t win a championship, doesn’t do anything. It’s the group coming together," Hurney said.
In firing Gettleman, the team’s owner, Jerry Richardson, said that a change was needed. In a statement released Wednesday, Richardson said Hurney was the “perfect person” to help the team in the interim, and noted that he was responsible for bringing in all of the current team captains, including Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly. He’s also responsible for hiring Coach Ron Rivera. The shake-up comes just days before the Panthers’ training camp begins f0r the upcoming season.