The Carolina Panthers have fired GM Marty Hurney Monday, following a 19-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys that dropped the team's mark to 1-5.
Another slow start apparently became too much for management to take as the Panthers have just nine wins since 2010, the fewest in the NFL.
"This was an extremely difficult decision," said team owner/founder Jerry Richardson in a statement. "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 the position since 2002, and helped Carolina to a Super Bowl appearance and three playoff campaigns, but said he was doomed for the franchise's lack of success of late.
"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," Hurney said in a statement.
Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Peter King talks about the reasons behind the firing of Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney, and how the Panthers will move forward
Peter King reacts to firing of Panthers GM
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