According to a report by Joe Person at the Charlotte Observer, General Manager Marty Hurney has fired longtime pro scouting director Mark Koncz.
Koncz has been with the Panthers as a member of the scouting staff since 2000, but he was promoted to director of player personnel in May by Dave Gettleman.
Here’s Person with more details on Koncz’s tenure with Carolina:
Koncz, 50, who played football at Kansas, had been with the Panthers since their inception.
He started as an intern in the ticket office in 1994 before moving to football operations the following year. He joined the pro scouting department in 1998 and became the director two years later.
There isn’t much information on the decision to relieve Koncz of his duties at this time, but there has to be a reason behind the firing.
It doesn’t make sense for the Panthers to get rid of people who have been with the team for over two decades without cause, especially if you’re an organization that promotes a family culture. We can’t speculate much with limited information, but perhaps there’s more to the story than we currently know.
This just seems weird, y’all. Hopefully the team will provide a statement as to why Koncz was let go, and hopefully that statement will clear the air so we can make sense of it all.
As always, stay tuned to CSR for any updates to this story as we will provide that information when it becomes available.