Hurney Issues Statement on His Firing

Much to our surprise Panthers GM Marty Hurney has been fired by owner Jerry Richardson. Whether it was poor draft day trades, busted picks or over-priced contracts most Panther fans had some issue with Hurney's job performance.

Today Panthers owner Jerry Richardson put the Panthers on a new course. Here's is Richardson's statement on the decision:

Hurney out as general manager
"This was an extremely difficult decision," Richardson said. "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."

As I would expect Hurney was very gracious on the Big Cat's decision:

"I am very fortunate to have been a part of one of the best organizations in the NFL since 1998," Hurney said. "As general manager I will always regret not helping us win the Super Bowl or having back-to-back winning seasons. 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."

Just when we thought there was no hope for this franchise Big Cat shakes things up. So does this give you renewed hope for future seasons?

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