|Jimmy Clausen (left) and Everette Brown (right) were two Marty Hurney picks who didn't pan out. (Getty Images)|
Hurney became the GM in 2002, a year before the Panthers played in the Super Bowl. But in the eight full seasons since, Carolina has finished above .500 only twice, never had back-to-back winning seasons, won a combined eight games in 2010-11 and is currently 1-5.
A series of poor draft choices and overpriced free-agent signings -- coupled with the abysmal on-field performance -- likely sealed Hurney's fate.
"This was an extremely difficult decision," owner Jerry Richardson said in a team statement. "Marty made every effort to bring success to the Panthers and took the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC Championship Games. Unfortunately, we have not enjoyed the success we hoped for in recent years. I have the greatest respect and admiration for Marty and will always appreciate the way he tirelessly served the organization."
Hurney, meawhile, reflected on his time with Carolina.
"I am very fortunate to have been a part of one of the best organizations in the NFL since 1998," he said.
"As general manager I will always regret not helping us win the Super Bowl or having back-to-back winning seasons," Hurney continued. "I hope this change starts accomplishing the direction to those goals. I understand this decision by Mr. Richardson and will always have an extremely close relationship with him. I consider him the best owner in the NFL. I am responsible for everybody in coaching, the players, the scouts and everybody in football operations. After six weeks, we are 1-5 coming off a 6-10 season."
Earlier this month, after a loss to the Falcons in a game the Panthers should've won, we wondered how someone responsible for drafting (among others) Dwayne Jarrett ('07, second round), Everette Brown ('09, second round and the '10 first rounder that it cost Carolina to trade up to get him), Jimmy Clausen ('10 second round) and Armanti Edwards ('10 third round) remained gainfully employed.
The answer: you don't.