Last Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers hired Marty Hurney, as an interim. The team make it official that Hurney will be replacing Dave Gettleman, who was fired last Monday despite the fact he helped Carolina reach the playoffs in three of the four seasons he was in charge of the club. Large contracts and for years of non winning (season 2009 to 2012) led to Hurney´s dismissal of the club.
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Gettleman was hired to replace Hurney in January 2013 when the team started the season 2012 with an 1-5. He was criticized for rescinding the franchise tag of 2015 after the Panthers’ Super Bowl run. Hurney never lost connection with organization, and its separation helped both grew in different areas. In his last period, managed the club for 12 years. Hurney joined the club in 1998 after serving the Chargers, in 2002 was named the general manager and helped the Panthers reach 2003 Super Bowl. Some of the best players of the team got drafted by him, such as quarterback Cam Newton, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, center Ryan Kalil, outside linebacker Thomas Davis and defensive end Julius Peppers.
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By naming him interim instead of manager, the Panthers did not violate the Rooney Rule. The rule specifies that the team has to interview one minority candidate for high-profile position such as general manager or head coach. Bringing back Hurney gives the organization time to find a full-time replacement after the training camp on Tuesday. After that, Richardson (owner) would have the option of making Hurney the full-time manage. One of the first tasks he will have will be to negotiate an extension for Davis, who is finishing the contract with the club.
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