Panthers rehire Hurney to fill general manager post

The Carolina Panthers turned to a familiar face to fill its general manager vacancy as Marty Hurney was called to his old office on Wednesday.

Hurney, who served as general manager of the Panthers from 2002-12, returned to the organization as interim general manager two days after Dave Gettleman was fired by owner Jerry Richardson.

“Marty is the perfect person to help us in the interim,” Richardson said. “He worked with us for 15 years and understands the culture we have here. He had a lot to do with the core of our team being in place. I’m thankful that he is willing to help us in this transition period.”

Hurney worked in the scouting department from 1998-2001 before becoming GM. Gettleman was hired in January 2013 to replace Hurney, who was fired after a 1-5 start to the 2012 season and a 6-10 record in 2011.

“I never lost the connection with the organization,” Hurney said in a statement. “I’ve gained a lot of perspective and have looked at things in different ways. I think I can help this team in a lot of areas. I think I’ve grown. And I feel I’m better prepared to come in this time and do a better job than I did over the 12 years I was general manager last time.”

Head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday he was the wrong person to ask about Gettleman’s dismissal, denying any input on the matter. Gettleman was surprisingly fired Monday just days ahead of training camp and Richardson met with Hurney on Tuesday.

Most of Gettleman’s scouting department was out of the building before returning at the start of the preseason and training camp. The structure of the staff under Hurney is not yet known.

Hurney drafted Cam Newton (2011) and Luke Kuechly (2012) in the first round of his final two drafts with the team. Both earned rookie of the year honors.

Gettleman was heavily criticized in the region for releasing popular Panthers, including wide receiver Steve Smith and running back DeAngelo Williams.

Carolina went 15-1 in 2015 and lost in Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos. Last season the Panthers were 6-10.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Panthers

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