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March 17, 2014

Marty Hurney to work as ESPN analyst this week

Former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney is returning to his media roots this week.

Hurney, fired in October 2012 after more than 10 years as the Panthers' GM, will serve as a guest analyst on ESPN's NFL Insiders (3:30 p.m.) on Thursday and Friday.

Hurney, a former sportswriter who covered the Redskins during the 1970s and '80s, will join host Wendi Nix and fellow panelists Chris Mortensen, Jarrett Bell and Phil Savage.

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson fired Hurney after the Panthers started 1-5 in 2012. Hurney still lives in Charlotte, but has kept a low public profile since his dismissal.

Hurney joined the Panthers' personnel department in 1998 and was promoted to GM in 2002. He oversaw the Panthers' lone Super Bowl team in 2003, and built the rosters of the 2005 and 2008 playoff teams, as well.

Hurney's  philosophy was to build through the draft and retain the team's core players. But his decision to give long-term contract extensions to home-grown players such as defensive end Charles Johnson and running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart has been blamed for the team's current salary cap woes.

Hurney also was criticized for some of his draft acquisitions (Jimmy Clausen, Armanti Edwards, Everette Brown). But current general manager Dave Gettleman several times has credited Hurney for drafting quarterback Cam Newton and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the team's cornerstones and each a former Rookie of the Year.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on March 17, 2014 at 01:34 PM | Permalink


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Posted by: Mark | Mar 17, 2014 1:45:16 PM

I just gouged a third team

Posted by: JuliusPeppers | Mar 17, 2014 1:51:56 PM

Last year's playoff team was Hurney's. Bring him back.

Posted by: Prospero2 | Mar 17, 2014 2:13:03 PM

Last years' team was only half his. And when he was here, they were not winning. Do NOT ever bring him back. The picks of Armanti and Brown, three overpaying of Johnson, the signings of both RBs, those things set this team back 5 yrs. People have such short memories. Btw, Gettleman brought in the pieces last yr that put this team over the top. A brash attitude he brought and the willingness to cut players with no emotional attachment. That's exactly what this team needed.

Posted by: DieHardCatz | Mar 17, 2014 2:51:23 PM

Marty's biggest mistake was tying up so much cap money on two running backs. That position has been de-valued big time and it is easy to find a functional back in the late rounds or free agency.

Posted by: James Reed | Mar 17, 2014 2:53:13 PM

this should be fun

Posted by: tony clifton | Mar 17, 2014 3:38:21 PM

last years playoff team was way more than half. the entire offense was his guys.

smith, lafell, gross, hangartner, silatolu, khalil, wharton, bell, chandler, etc. olsen, cam, williams, tolbert....

defense: davis, keuchly, beason OH WAIT we paid him to go away and ball for new york so we could have chase blackburn, munnerlyn, thomas, hardy, johnson, edwards.....

dude brought in a few d-backs who are all gone, ted ginn who is gone, and drafted the DTs that ANYBODY would have drafted when they fell to us. lotulelei was going #1 before the health scare. he got handed a gift. unless gettleman is really good friends with the cardiologist that started that rumor, he gets NO extra credit for that pick. he gets credit for not effing it up last year.

18 out of 25 starters (3 special teams) were hurney, 6 were gettleman, 1 was signed between (gano).

gettleman did a great job by NOT breaking up the team last year as too many new gms do. now he's effing up by breaking up 12-4. don't tell me he had to......you're drinking his "cap hell" bs if you say so.

james you call that a mistake, but at the time.....we were giving the guys the ball. chud made that decision look bad by not running the ball for 2 years. stewarts injuries have hurt too. if hurney had let either go, people would call him out for that all the same. that's not the problem. we went 12-4 last year WITHOUT stewart. and with rivera blowing 2 games on his own.

problem is....this dude doesn't know what the eff he's doing.

look at the years that hurney lost during his tenure. about 4 of them were because of quarterback issues or injuries. 1 was an intentional rebuild. 1 year was 2004 where we had about half the starting lineup on IR by week 4. that was the year nick goings was the starting running back for 8 weeks after starting the season as like the 6th string running back.

the only gaffs that dude made were related to gambling on draft picks like brown or edwards and that happens to EVERY SINGLE gm in the league. his draft record was better than many overall. for every brown or edwards, he had a hardy or munnerlyn at the back end of the draft. or unsigned guys like fans hated fox, fans hated hurney.......and both are far better than their replacements.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 17, 2014 4:11:00 PM

Journey was horrible. How much did we waste on Clausen,Edwards,stew, and other long term bs contracts!? DG has a plan. Hurney had a spending and gambling problem. Good riddance.

Posted by: Max Leaf | Mar 17, 2014 4:18:42 PM

Blast auto correct.. Hurney

Posted by: Max Leaf | Mar 17, 2014 4:19:26 PM

Had a munnerlyn!!?? Bahaha.. compare him to others at his position. You're ridiculous.

Posted by: Max Leaf | Mar 17, 2014 4:20:26 PM

he was a 7th round pick. compare him to all the other 7th round picks. there's a reason ANOTHER team was quick to grab him. there's a reason why he was the 6th rated FA corner on most of the leagues free agent scouting reports. his flaw was that he's small.


how about hitting that INT TD button at the top and seeing who is on top.

we didn't spend big money on edwards or clausen. stewart we did. he got market value. he got hurt after the contract so you're viewing the decision with 20/20 hindsight. congratulations on getting that so right. how smart you are. any predictions on the 1992 presidential election while you're at it?

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 17, 2014 4:47:16 PM

I can almost hear the gravely voice now.

Posted by: Brandon Lefail | Mar 17, 2014 5:02:32 PM

It wouldn't be a Hurney post without his #1 fan on a rant about how great he is.
Hurney is so good he's already back working for another team. Oh no that's not true is it?

Posted by: Steve Mc | Mar 17, 2014 7:16:27 PM

'NUFF SAID - http://grantland.com/features/the-roster-moves-made-panthers-gm-incompetent-best/

Posted by: PSLOwner | Mar 17, 2014 7:18:54 PM

you act like gettleman was getting offers all over the place before coming here.

there are only 32 jobs in the league and its far more based on being a friend of the owner than it is on what you are capable of doing.

look at the facts......look at our win % compared to the other 31 teams during hurney's tenure. look at our draft record vs. theirs. look at our playoff win total vs. the league norm.

he was nowhere near the bottom in any category that you would use to measure a GM. his biggest mistake was not quitting when richardson was running off fox and subsequently hiring rivera. he got scapegoated for rivera's coaching gaffs in 2012. 7-9. run back the games. 7 losses came down to one decision that rivera blew.

how did he do such a bad job if he delivered that level of talent out of the rebuild that produced that season AND last season's 12-4 team? he drafted back to back ROY's. show me the precedent for that happening. please show me all of the GMs that have drafted back to back ROYs. wow what a horrible GM.

You clowns hated fox when he was here. how bad of a coach has he proven to be in denver? it's the same ish.

people are talking about steve smith like he had a bad year last year BECAUSE HIS STATS WERE DOWN. this isn't fantasy football you simple minded effs. brandon lafell started on a 12-4 team. so did munnerlyn. so did mitchell. so did smith and ginn was the top return guy and 3rd receiver.

sure they were all completely irrelevant in the process.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 17, 2014 7:25:56 PM

I'm sure glad gettleman is the gm and not you armchair general managers. Face it Hurney was too loyal at times and that is a job where some detachment is needed. Responsible spending will serve them we'll in the long run, who knows maybe this season. Panther fan first! I hated Harper before, but if he's playing for us I will back him everyday

Posted by: Jarrod | Mar 17, 2014 7:29:12 PM

"brash attitude he brought and the willingness to cut players with no emotional attachment. That's exactly what this team needed."


Posted by: KingOfExperts | Mar 17, 2014 9:19:26 PM

@Jarrod. Well said! All the naysayers don't see long term, they "want it now!"

Posted by: KingOfExperts | Mar 17, 2014 9:21:42 PM

It'll be interesting to see if he laughs every time the new, improved Panthers get mentioned.

Posted by: New Ravens Fan | Mar 17, 2014 9:24:49 PM

"Back to back ROYs".

And more draft busts than anyone can list in the comments on this blog.

Won't even get into the asinine contract extensions. Beason counts 8 mil against the cap this year, as he plays for another team. That's just great!

Why does that guy charlottean love Hurney more than the Panthers ? Must be a relative.

Posted by: Fred | Mar 17, 2014 11:10:34 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Mar 18, 2014 10:45:46 AM

Charlottean, please...back off. The restraining order is still active. You were told if you just stayed to yourself and kept playing Madden in Franchise Mode I wouldn't call the police.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Mar 18, 2014 10:59:14 AM

hurney didn't cut beason. that was gettleman's doing.

more busts than anyone? name 1 first round bust? even jeff otah was a beast before his knees gave out. his "busts" were mid-round toss up picks. he more than made up for that with his late round gems try again, please.

run down this past year's pro bowl and count how many pro bowlers were drafted by each GM. please do that and report back.

i don't think hurney was the best by any stretch. but he was absolutely in the middle or above and you clowns acted like he was the worst. and then we got gettleman.

12-4 to..........?

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 18, 2014 2:44:16 PM

1) there is more to the draft than the first round unfortunately for Hurney
2) i wouldn't call the 2nd round "mid-round", and even 3rd round is still a very valuable pick. don't have time to list all the garbage Hurney picks from rounds 2-3.

3) most people aren't acting like he's the "worst", but he wasn't as good as you seem to think. Most are just annoyed with how you'd rather proclaim Hurney to be a god and whine about him being gone than anything else in life.

you conveniently disappeared from these blogs during the playoff run last year, here's to hoping we get that again!

Posted by: Ryan C. | Mar 18, 2014 3:46:03 PM

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