Carolina Panthers Fire GM Marty Hurney and More NFC South News

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterOctober 22, 2012

courtesy of the Carolina Panthers
courtesy of the Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers fired general manager Marty Hurney, the team announced Monday.

The dismissal came after a Week 7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and a 1-5 start to the 2012 season, a season that began with high hopes for an improving Carolina franchise.

"This was an extremely difficult decision," team owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement (via "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 has been the general manager since 2002, but he has had a rough string of losing since the beginning of the 2010 season. Hurney's record of 9-29 since 2010 couldn't be overlooked.

Hurney might not be as responsible for wins and losses on a weekly basis, but he is responsible for bringing in both the players and coaches that are ultimately the deciding factors.

Recently criticized moves have been spending over $89 million on three running backs and the ever-rising temperature on the hot seat of head coach Ron Rivera.

"I'm not an excuse guy. This is a bottom-line business," Hurney said in a postgame radio show Sunday. "I'm the one that's responsible for every player in that locker room, every coach, every scout that we have. It falls on me. There are no excuses in this business, there's final scores. Right now we are 1-5, and I'm responsible for that."


Atlanta Falcons

Defensive tackle Corey Peters returned to practice Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He's missed the entire season recovering from an offseason stress fracture. The Falcons have three weeks to decide to activate Peters or place him on injured reserve.

According to Daniel Cox of, 11 of Atlanta's 17 takeaways have come near the beginning of opponents' drives.


Carolina Panthers

Starting cornerback Chris Gamble has been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, according to the Charlotte Observer.

The Charlotte Observer listed five plays that mattered Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.


New Orleans Saints

Joe Morgan seems fine, according to the Times-Picayune, after visiting a Tampa-area hospital Sunday. Morgan collided with two Tampa Bay defenders in the third quarter of Sunday's game.

Malcolm Jenkins talks to the Times-Picayune about his touchdown-saving tackle of Vincent Jackson. [Video]


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay offense will spend a lot of time thinking about its inability to gain one yard against the league's worst defense Sunday, according to the Tampa Tribune. On 1st-and-goal from the New Orleans 1-yard line, the Buccaneers tried four times and failed to score.

Greg Schiano told the Tampa Tribune that he still believed the call he made on a New Orleans field goal was legal.