Marty Hurney never called a defensive set, a play to run, filled a depth chart, ran or threw the ball, made a block or tried to make a tackle.
But Monday, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson cut professional ties with his decade-long general manager, perhaps making Hurney the scapegoat for a season quickly swirling down the drain.
Some observers around the Queen City may say this was long overdue, that Hurney should have been shown the door when former coach John Fox was following a 2-14 season in 2010. After all, Hurney got the job in 2002 and the team made the playoffs just three times during that span.
Today, it comes as more of a surprise. The timing is rather odd, as the Panthers are just six games into the season and theres little a GM can do to reverse the teams course right now. But it was also unforeseen given the presentation put forth by the franchises brass in the offseason that was one of strength and unity.
They were all in this together.
Hurney remained employ...