Carolina Panthers fire general manager Dave Gettleman a week before training camp

Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers.

THE Carolina Panthers sacked general manager Dave
Gettleman in a surprise move just nine days before training
camp for the new season gets under way.

The Panthers slumped from being Super Bowl finalists in
2015-2016 to finishing last in the NFC South last season with a
6-10 record.

Gettleman, 66, had been the general manager of the outfit since
2013.

Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman.

Carolina Panthers general
manager Dave Gettleman.
Source:AP

“After much thought and a long evaluation of our football
operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his
duties as general manager,” team owner Jerry Richardson said in
a statement.

“I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success
over the past four seasons. While the timing of this decision
is not ideal, a change is needed.”

The Charlotte Observer said Gettleman’s dismissal had come as a
surprise to employees, including the team’s scouting
organisation.

Gettleman forged a reputation as an uncompromising manager but
several of moves angered Panthers fans, notably letting wide
receiver Steve Smith leave in 2014. The decision to release
Josh Norman last year also raised eyebrows.

Smith couldn’t resist a jab at the axed Gettleman in a posting
on Twitter on Monday: “It’s okay Dave, I know how you feel…”

Former running back DeAngelo Williams, who was also let go by
Gettleman and is now a free agent, added: “I want to publicly
say @Panthers is off my list of teams I won’t play for due to
the firing of that snake Dave gettleman!”

The Panthers were 40-23-1 under Gettleman, who had spent nearly
30 years in the NFL scouting before joining Carolina.

Originally published as
Panthers sack GM a week before training camp

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