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November 09, 2012

Panthers hire Accorsi as a consultant in team's GM search

Former Cleveland Browns and New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi will serve as a consultant in the team's search for a general manager after firing Marty Hurney last month.

Accorsi, 71, is a long-time acquaintance to Panthers owner/founder Jerry Richardson, having worked in the Baltimore Colts public relations department in the early 1970s after Richardson had retired from football.

"I have a very high regard for Mr. Richardson and look forward to providing any help that I can to him and the organization in their search for a new general manager," Accorsi said in a statement. 

He has worked as a consultant for teams before, and his name was one of a handful reported by the Observer as a potential consultant for the Panthers.

Accorsi, a graduate of Wake Forest, was the general manager of the Browns from 1985-1992 and became the Giants GM in 1998. Under his direction, the team traded for Eli Manning and went to Super Bowl XXXV before he left after the 2006 season.

He is also the chairman of the NFL's General Manager Committee. Accorsi has aided in several other general manager searches, including helping the Atlanta Falcons select Thomas Dimitroff as their GM from the Patriots in 2008.

A team spokesman said Accorsi is not available for comment. 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on November 9, 2012 at 01:18 PM | Permalink


Can he talk Jerry Reese into leaving New York and coming to the Panthers?

Posted by: Cortez | Nov 9, 2012 1:47:03 PM

Who cares

Posted by: Whit | Nov 9, 2012 1:52:25 PM

Tom Spanks is available

Posted by: Whit | Nov 9, 2012 1:54:29 PM

A good start.

Posted by: Dan | Nov 9, 2012 1:55:31 PM

Whit, apparently you do... because you not only clicked on the link to read the article but then took the extra step of commenting on it!

If people had to use their real names and pictures on these forums, a lot of that idiocy would stop!

Posted by: John | Nov 9, 2012 3:36:20 PM

Good luck finding a young up and comer. Between Jerry and Acorsi they don't know anyone under 60.

Posted by: Stevo | Nov 9, 2012 4:18:36 PM

I am excited about our future. Hopefully we get someone who knows how to build a team, and not do dumb drafts.

Posted by: Sterling | Nov 9, 2012 4:45:30 PM

I'll take the job...

Posted by: Bro | Nov 9, 2012 5:35:14 PM

Dave Gettleman!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 10, 2012 12:02:32 PM

Accorsi is a great step for all those who do not know him.

Posted by: Jentry | Nov 10, 2012 6:42:07 PM

check this guy out. pretty impressive.http://www.ravenspr.com/coaches_personnel_bios/ERIC_DECOSTA.pdf

Posted by: jayt | Nov 11, 2012 12:46:27 AM

Why don't we just use him as our gm?

Posted by: baby huey | Nov 11, 2012 3:06:35 AM

I can remember when their used to be analysis of the opponent in Panthers coverage. Oline vs D Line and vice versa, QB vs secondary WR etc ... Does anyone at the Charlotte observer sports desk work? Cause I see a few blog postings every few days, two or three short articles .. in all seriousness, what do you guys do with your time? seems like you wouldn't need more than a few hours to produce what you produce each week? there also used to be daily links to articles outside the observer, links to espn or other, wouldn't your advertisers rather us come here for those links and see there ads rather than going to espn.com to look. really, in all seriousness there are like 5 of you covering the panthers and my 3rd grade elementary athletic weekly had as much stuff and we were writing with big thick pencils.

Posted by: isaiah | Nov 11, 2012 11:00:14 AM

Well that would be a step in the right direction because iam a die hard Panthers fan and a paying fan iam tired of buying tickets and not get my monies worth i mean i get so upset when we have the lead and cant hold on to win them defense plays good but the offence sucks we need to draft another big reciver somebody to help steve smith and a couple of fast db's wouldnt hurt on defense either but thats what a good GM should do anyway thats something i thought that always kept the panthers from the playoff and from going to the superbowl bad picks in the drafts.

Posted by: Derrick Black | Nov 11, 2012 9:04:43 PM

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