Carolina Panthers Fire General Manager Marty Hurney

The Panthers have gotten off to an awful start in 2012, going 1-5 after Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. Monday, the slow start cost GM Marty Hurney his job.

Hurney was fired Monday, after more than a decade on the job and a trip to the Super Bowl, where the team lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXVIII.

Owner Jerry Richardson announced the decision Monday, a day after another loss where the Panthers had a shot to win it a couple times late, only to fall short to Dallas.

“This was an extremely difficult decision,” Richardson said in a team statement released by the organization. “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 joined Carolina back in 1998. The fact he was working without a contract made it an easier for Richardson to fire him. Hurney hired current Panthers coach Ron Rivera as coach a year ago and selected quarterback Cam Newton with the top pick in the draft.

“As General Manager I will always regret not helping us win the Super Bowl or having back-to-back winning seasons,” Hurney said in the release. “I hope this change starts accomplishing the direction to those goals. I understand this decision by Mr. Richardson and will always have an extremely close relationship with him. I consider him the best owner in the NFL. I am responsible for everybody in coaching, the players, the scouts and everybody in football operations. After six weeks, we are 1-5 coming off a 6-10 season.”

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