After Carolina's 19-14 loss to Dallas Sunday, Marty Hurney and Jerry Richardson talked Sunday night for close to two hours.
On Monday morning they talked again, and Richardson, who owns the Carolina Panthers, fired Hurney as general manager.
Hurney told me late Monday morning that every week a losing team says that if they had made one more play, they could have won. Some teams say this 12 times a season. They finish 4-12. But it's always about more than one play. There's a reason some teams succeed and some fail.
The Panthers haven't had a winning season since 2008. There's a losing culture -- Hurney's term -- and Hurney said he's responsible. He hired the players and he hired the coaches.
Hurney said fear is a great motivator. People in the organization have told him and will tell him that they feel bad for him. Then they'll worry about their own jobs.