Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning . . .
Except when your team
$#@%’s is losing.
Then the song goes something like this.
Woe is me.
Woe is my team.
Lets have a pity party.
No, wait, lets have a suggestion box.
When things go from bad to worse and your starting QB, who should be a leader, throws a pity party of a suggestion in front of not only the team but the media; then everybody should be cry’n in Carolina.
When your coaching staff does not make best use of the talent it has, and does not come up with a scheme that utilizes ALL resources; then everybody should be cry’n in Carolina.
When you GM appears to be throwing good money after bad; then everybody should be cry’n.
When all this happens, when everything crashes and burns, then everybody should be fired. In the case of the Panthers, the first to go was GM Marty Hurney.
NOT the coach.
Not the assistant coaches or the coordinators (as mister suggestion box seemed to allude to).
Though you can get bet your last dollar (if you have any left betting on the Panthers this season) that they all see the writing on the wall.
So, why the GM?
Simple answer. Jerry Richardson, the owner, the guy providing all the money, did not see good Return On Investment. And neither have the fans.
Hurney was responsible for building the team. He said so himself. He spent the money. He helped make personnel decisions, which coaches to hire, who to draft, and (a particular sore spot for the owner and the fans) who to sign contract extensions for.
As Hurley was walking out the door he said that the team and the locker room needed some leadership (somebody to take hold of the locker room and team) and people to step up. He also said that he felt there were folks already there who could, and should, do that.
AKA Cam Newton and the Head Coach and his staff.
No, Hurley was not the problem. Rather it is the mix of personnel and talent that he has put in place that does not mesh well. And so Richardson is mixing things up, sending a message that folks better get their act into gear and make some changes or everything and everybody could be crying even more at the end of the season.
Nobody is safe.
And if things continue the way they have been, then all this talent, time and money invested in this team would have been thrown down the drain and wasted.
And that would be a pity.