With the recent firing of Panthers GM Dave Gettleman many Panthers fans are still a bit confused. The timing of the firing is indeed odd, but was it an unnecessary move for the franchise? In my opinion, no, it’s not just based on how he was handling the Greg Olsen and Thomas Davis situation. You could throw the Josh Norman situation in there also, but that’s well documented already. Let’s look at a few more situations where Gettleman dropped the ball that could have led to his firing.
Gettleman Released Steve Smith
One thing about the Panthers that is different than most teams is that they are heavy on loyalty to their players. Dave Gettleman didn’t get that memo when he released long time Panther great Steve Smith. If his age was affecting his play, I could see why you would want him gone. But in 2 out of the 3 seasons he played with Cam Newton, Smith tallied over 1,000 receiving yards. He also scored 11 touchdowns. Steve Smith had some words to say on social media about the firing of the GM that released him.
DeAngelo Williams Getting the Boot by Gettleman
Since the release of DeAngelo Williams, the Panthers’ running game has not been a threat at all. He released Williams and drafted Cameron Artis-Payne in the 2015 NFL Draft. Artis-Payne has contributed next to nothing to this team. In the 2 seasons he’s been in the NFL he’s only rushed for 327 yards and 3 touchdowns. Williams, a current free agent at the moment, has currently came out and said he would join the Panthers again because of the firing of Dave Gettleman.
The Panthers have named Marty Hurney the interim General Manager of the team. It’ll be interesting to see the direction he takes the team this upcoming season, and how successful they will actually be. Hopefully Hurney can hold on to Olsen and Thomas Davis. Losing those two key players under your reign wouldn’t be a good look if you want that job to be yours long term.