Why would the Carolina Panthers fire general manager Marty Hurney six games into the season? How will a new general manager fix the roster now?
Obviously, the Panthers are flawed. A team doesn't lose as many games as it has, close or otherwise, without flaws on its roster and with its philosophy.
But owner Jerry Richardson told me before the season that he wouldn't trade Hurney for any general manager in football. The Panthers were undefeated then. They've lost four straight and are 1-5 now.
If a sacrifice was required, Hurney was the obvious candidate. Every player and almost every employee on the football side of the operation went through him, was hired by him.
Hurney doesn't call plays or devise strategy. But he hired the people who do.
Perhaps a fall guy was required.
But the Panthers have never been so fragile that they would fire a key employee to satisfy angry fans.
The timing makes no sense.
Meanwhile, it's just another quiet week in Pantherland.