When comparing the NFL to the PGA, I think the Carolina Panthers have found themselves a scratch golfer in general manager Dave Gettleman. I know we don’t have allot to analyze just yet, however, I think his draft strategy gives us some great insight.
The last two seasons we have watched Ron Rivera chop his way down the course usually ending up in the rough. I will agree he didn’t have many clubs as Hurney loaded him up with a very lopsided golf bag. It seemed like at times he had 5 drivers and no putter once he reached the green. He would start the season afraid to use the club needed, instead opting for tapping the ball down the fairway with an iron. Toward the end of the season trying desperately to catch up he would finally start to take more chances utilizing as many tools as possible. After a 13-19 record in the last two seasons he finds himself with a new partner in the game of captains choice.
Dave Gettleman is a scratch golfer with a nice collection of clubs after so many years of playing. We see that he does not take chances like Hurney. At times Hurney would try to bank a shot off of the barn, off the duck, around the tree and into the hole. More times than not Hurneys gambling/risk taking, did not pay off for the Panthers. Gettleman is a scratch golfer on the drafts par 5. He methodically went through each club needed starting with a 1wood in Star and a 3 wood in K.K. He would then go on to select a good size, high upside offensive lineman. Once on the green Dave two putted for a par with solid selections Barner and Klein.
I think the Panthers have finally found that stable force we have been looking for. Only time will tell, but I do feel these draft picks will pay big dividends in the future. The real question becomes does Dave play through or does he stop to help Rivera out of the woods? What would you do Panther fans?