Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera reacts during the second quarter against the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Opinion: Marty Hurney and the Future of the Panthers Franchise


 

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) leaves the field after warm ups before the game. The Cowboys defeated the Panthers 19-14 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

With this week’s firing of our veteran GM, Marty Hurney, and all this talk about a new transition in the Panthers starting lineup and the coaching staff, I’ve been thinking about the franchise as a whole, and some of the decisions they’ve been making thus far.

The thing is thinking about all the events that have defined our franchise I go straight to the bad times. I’m not saying that the front office has made the best choices; I feel that they’ve made more bad choices than good. Just keep in mind that Marty Hurney paved the way for two NFC Championships and the team’s only appearance in a Super Bowl.

Now on to my opinions. I have been very vocal about my feelings about deals made with players, draft choices, and choices with the branding of our team. My biggest problem with Marty Hurney is the deals he made with DeAngelo Williams and Charles Johnson. Johnson is being OVER paid right now. The team treats him as a premier Defensive End, and he just isn’t. He’s a good, maybe even great depending on who your talking to, and he deserves his spot at number one Defensive End, but he’s no Julius Peppers, and I’m sure we can all agree on that. DeAngelo is a different story though. He was a great Running Back and maybe still is, but right now he just reminds of Chris Johnson, who to me is a thug, and that’s the opposite of what I want the Panthers persona to be. It seems to me that now that he’s making a large load of money, and thats somewhat set in stone for a while he will just treat this season with a bad attitude. And remember, the shelf life of a Running Back is pretty low as well, and we signed the deal with him this offseason, and this is his seventh year in the NFL. A good example is the fact that he’s the same age as Derek Anderson, twenty nine. I just don’t get it. Another problem I’ve had is the Mike Tolbert situation. We had two good Running Backs to begin with so why bring in another one when we could have made a play for Cortland Finnegan, or another player that we could have used, instead of another player thats similar to two of our biggest stars. I’d rather have Tolbert than no one else, but I’d also rather have Finnegan than Tolbert.

Sep 9, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; St. Louis Rams defensive back Cortland Finnegan (31) intercepts a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Our draft picks, and our rebranding of our franchise, like the stadium upgrades, are iffy to me as well. I’m not going to go on and on about the draft choices, because I’m sure we’ve heard enough about those choices. I just going to say that the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding was so-so to begin with. One of the things I’ve been on a tear about lately is the new stadium upgrades. We are a budding franchise with not to many diehards, and our stadium is already fan friendly enough. Now I’m not sure if that money can be spent on players or not, but we should be more worried about building a Super Bowl contender instead of escalators for ramps to the top levels, which in all honesty aren’t that bad.

And we shouldn’t bench Cam for the start against the Bears this weekend. That’s just a little rumor I’ve heard lately and I just don’t believe in it. However we should bench him if he throws more than two picks or if he produces worse than he against Dallas (God help us if he doesnt). And we shouldn’t fire Ron Rivera so soon. Give him the rest of the year, and then see where we’re at. But if we are at the same spot as we are now, by all means replace him and his staff, except Sean McDermott; I like what he has done with minimal talent this year. And remember this is just my opinion.

By all means, please comment on the articles about our franchise. I’d love to here different opinions, hopefully not as negative as mine.

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  • concerned Panther fan

    Tony, I did like the article. I agree with much of what you are saying. DWill is paid too much for what we are getting. Charles Johnson benefited from being in the right place at the right time. The Panthers had just lost Julius Peppers in free agency and Charles Johnson was the only true pass rushing threat on the roster so instead of risking him leaving via free agency they decided to “make him an offer he couldn’t refuse”. Thus over paying for him. He has the talent to play to the value of his contract but I thinks he either lacks the proper motivation or he lacks another pass rushing threat to keep him from being the focus of the opposing O-line.
    On the subject of McDermott, would you say his defense is more talented this season versus the 2011 season? I think it is and if you look at the numbers the defense ranks about the same. I’m not sure McDermott should keep mhis job even if Rivera does. You know Coach Rivera was interviewed for several head coaching jobs and never was offered one until the Carolina job. Maybe those organizations realized then what we are seeing now in Carolina, Rivera is a tremendous defensive coordinator, but does he have the disposition to be a head coach? Right now it doesn’t look like it.