Marty Hurney, the deposed Carolina Panther general manager, said he failed to find a player who could take over a locker room and compel teammates not to accept losing.
He said the Panthers have many potential leaders. But they don't have a player who at the moment fills the role Ray Lewis (who is out for the season) did for Baltimore or Tom Brady does for New England.
"Leadership in the locker room is one of the most underrated parts of this league," Hurney said.
The Panthers have never won in consecutive seasons and haven't had a winning season since 2008. They're 1-5 this season and have lost four straight.
Panther owner Jerry Richardson asked Hurney when the losing would stop, and why would it stop. Hurney couldn't offer an answer that satisfied Richardson.
"There's something that has to change," Hurney said in an intervew with four reporters Monday afternoon.
On Monday, the leadership of Carolina's football operation did.