Is the picture starting to come together for Carolina's new general manager?
Since Marty Hurney was fired on October 22nd the question on who would take over the organization has been on the forefront of fan's minds. When Ernie Accorsi was hired the general consensus was that a member of the New York Giants' front office was the likely candidate, but now we may have an additional name to add to the list.
Sirus Radio analyst Adam Caplan took to Twitter this evening talking about the available general manager positions, and he offered some insight on the Panthers' position.
Ross is a near unanimous fan favorite. Young, driven, and with a scouting background -- he was responsible for the best of the Giants' drafts over the past several years, including the gutsy move that resulted New York selecting defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Hardly considered a 'home run' when selected, JPP was a gifted but 'risky' product, now regarded as one of the league's best defensive ends.
In this case 'Gamble' refers to Tom Gamble, director of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers. A 24-year NFL executive, he has experience in college and pro scouting, as well as contract negotiations. In recent days Gamble has been heavily linked to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and their soon-to-be vacated GM position.
What you should take away from this is that the Carolina Panthers are looking at very good options. Either Marc Ross or Tom Gamble would be fantastic choices, and both are seen to be excellent future executives. If Caplan's information is accurate then fans can begin to get excited, because either executive with a strong scouting background is exactly what this team needs.