Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney is out

The Carolina Panthers announced Monday morning that general manager Marty Hurney has been relieved of his duties.

My news story on this will be popping on our main NFL page shortly. I’ll be back with more detailed analysis later.

But my short reaction is this is no surprise. Despite a close relationship between Hurney and owner Jerry Richardson, something had to give. The Panthers were off to a 1-5 start, despite having a high payroll and they haven’t had a winning season.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” Richardson said in a statement released by the team. “Marty made every effort to bring success to the Panthers and took the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC championship games. Unfortunately, we have not enjoyed the success we hoped for in recent years. I have the greatest respect and admiration for Marty and will always appreciate the way he tirelessly served the organization.”

Hurney had known for weeks that he was on the hot seat and could be out of a job if things didn’t turn around quickly.

“I am very fortunate to have been a part of one of the best organizations in the NFL since 1998,” Hurney said in a statement released by the team. “As general manager, I will always regret not helping us win the Super Bowl or having back-to-back winning seasons. I hope this change starts accomplishing the direction to those goals. I understand this decision by Mr. Richardson and will always have an extremely close relationship with him. I consider him the best owner in the NFL. I am responsible for everybody in coaching, the players, the scouts and everybody in football operations. After six weeks, we are 1-5 coming off a 6-10 season.”