Panthers Ready to Name Marty Hurney as New Interim GM

After the news this week that the Panthers parted ways with GM Dave Gettlemen, it appears the team is ready to have a new name in charge, as former Marty Hurney is ready to come back to the team.

Hurney was the Panthers’ GM for over 10 seasons, but was fired after the team went 1-5 to start 2012.

Twitter sounds off at the Firing of Panthers GM

Twitter sounds off at the Firing of Panthers GM

Former Panthers players react to the news of letting Dave Gettlemen go.

One former player, DeAngelo Williams says he has taken the Panthers off the list of teams he would not play for after the recent announcement. Williams even goes so far as to call the former GM a “snake.”

Steve Smith Sr. posts a tweet telling the former GM he knows how he feels with a picture of Smitty laughing.

Josh Norman tweets a pair of eyes and a bewildered look.

Geoff Schwartz tweets “Not sure I’ve seen former players take public shots at a departing GM like Gettlemen. That should give you insight.”

As many has said the timing is shocking but it has been said that the move was expected.

Future GM’s could be: Trent Kirchner, Ryan Cowden or Mark Koncz, according to Joe Person.

Getting to Know Alex Armah

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GETTING TO KNOW ALEX ARMAH

With the departure of Mike Tolbert a void was left in the FB room. The Panthers decided to address the need as GM Dave Gettlemen said by “thinking outside the box.” And that’s exactly what they did when selecting the versatile, multi-positional player, Alex Armah, as the sixth round draft pick.

“I was hoping for the call from the Panthers. I’m blessed.”

Alex made a positional change from DEFENSE to Fullback. Armah, however, sees himself as a fullback.

He had a lot of success as defensive end at West Georgia. So why the change? As a 4-3 linebacker in the NFL his size is a disadvantage. Armah “feels like his versatility helps.” He has played DE, Linebacker, Fullback, and Tightend. He’s played special teams and he looks to sell himself on special teams with the work ethic that he gives and what he can give to the team.

Armah may bring a chip on his shoulder, being from a smaller school, West Georgia, in comparison to the other big named colleges. He has worked hard and his work did not go unnoticed by the Panthers.

“I’m straightforward. I’m a workhorse, I’m gonna work. I’m gonna give them my best.”

“This is a huge honor. To be able to bring the Panthers back to where we know we can be.”

Armah’s story is interesting. It shows a young man who is willing to do anything to help his team win. He excelled in playing the defensive role and was willing to help West Georgia in their need of tight ends and fullbacks. He approached his coaches and offered to help out. The coaches were intrigued. And since he had played both positions in high school, there was a clear advantage there.

Armah could do it all. “He could set the edge as a tight end and blow open holes as a fullback, and he didn’t care if he got the ball or just blocked.”http://si.com

Armah loves “obliterating a linebacker with a lead block.” “I live for that.”

He is truly a “do-it-all player.”

NFL Total Access recently questioned who should be Christian McCaffrey’s best buddy and they went with Guard Trai Turner. I think Turner will be a major benefactor in opening holes for McCaffrey. http://www.panthers.com/media-vault/videos/Who-should-be-Christian-McCaffreys-best-friend/a61cb0e7-3be1-42ea-9083-ac21662a4892

And if there was to be another buddy in that system I would have to say it should be Alex Armah, “obliterating a linebacker with a lead block.”

 

Gettlemen loves to select players with “tremendous upside” and I believe they found one in the versatile fullback.

 

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Carolina’s Bright Future?

Carolina’s Bright Future?

With training camp only three weeks away, we look to the future of a team rebuilding to achieve long term success but in hopes and aspirations of making a run to fulfill a long desired sought after Lombardy trophy for owner and players alike.

Some of the veterans see their time of passing the torch at hand and they know the time is now.

QB Cam Newton has also stated that the one thing missing in his life is winning a Super Bowl.

The bad taste hasn’t been removed from the previous years but the pieces are in place to duplicate what Carolina had in the Super Bowl run in veteran experience and rookie savvy.

With the above mentioned in mind, what is it that coaches and fans alike need to see out of the 2017 team?

For me, it all begins in the trenches with the hog mollies.

Is the writing on the wall for Michael Oher? I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but…an inside source has told me his career is a wrap. The “Blind sides” health is more important moving forward.

Moving forward—Matt Kalil will have to make the most out of the OL coach’s directions and be in shape to give ample time to Newton. Will Kalil be ready for the challenge breathing new life into his NFL career? I think he has every reason to– having the support and recommendation from his brother, Ryan, along with his multi-year franchise history breaking contract, the Panthers organization has high-hopes that he will be able to be a long-term staple for the offensive line.

However, other pieces have been set in place to help Cam out. The coaches want the ball out of Newton’s hands and into the dynamic playmakers that have been added. Cam agrees.

On the right side will be an interesting battle between Darryl Williams and Draft pick, whose size and ability to learn impresses, Taylor Moton. (I look forward to see these young guys as well as Matt Kalil put their hand in the dirt, put the pads on, and go to work.)

I believe Williams, having the most experience out of the two, will earn the job, but I see Moton progressing rapidly becoming a valuable substitute.

 

 

PANTHER FANS:

Who are you most excited to see?

Here’s a list of the Panther’s unofficial depth chart: http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Strickly-Panthers-Unofficial-depth-chart/c7d5dbd7-d5bd-45dc-a3d4-6e74d139400a

Newton Says He’s Ready to Let Others on the Panthers Be Playmakers

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton began throwing again Monday after recovering from shoulder surgery. Despite years of trying to rein himself in, Newton has too often listened to the voice suggesting he has to make every play, Bill Voth of Panthers.com reports.

“There has never been a time when I’ve been on a team – I don’t care if I’m playing softball – where I haven’t been looked upon to be that guy,” Newton said a couple of hours after he was cleared to start throwing again. “And it’s hard when it’s 14-10, we need a touchdown, it’s third-and-2, you’re looking at coach, you get the play call, and it’s like, ‘Come on!’

“It’s no different than LeBron, Kobe, Jordan or even Brady. My biggest gift in a certain respect is a curse, too.”

“The thing I have to realize is my job is not necessarily to always be the playmaker,” Newton said. “I have to give other people opportunities to make plays. That’s the hardest thing about maturation, especially for me.

“So having more comfort in trusting the guys around me is the biggest thing. Trust and knowing my job is giving everybody a chance and letting them do their job as well.”

Cam Newton Says the Only Thing Left for Him is to Win a Super Bowl

After leading his team to the Super Bowl in 2015, Cam Newton struggled during the 2016 season. Newton is refocusing on trying to get back to the big game and win a title, the Charlotte Observer reports.

“I’m looking at my life right now and I’m saying, ‘I’m missing one thing: I want a Super Bowl,’” Newton said Saturday at his annual 7-on-7 passing tournament. “Yeah, but it’s really certain things that you have to really fine-tune and say, ‘Am I deserving to be a Super Bowl-winning quarterback? How can I push myself to be a better me?’”

Newton told the 400 players there was no contingency plan in his life – it was football or bust.

“The only way I put myself in this situation to be successful was I didn’t have no plan B …” Newton said. “I told myself, at the end of the day, I’m gonna be a football player and a football player only.

“And a lot of guys get it misconstrued because you’re setting yourself up for failure; that’s what some people think. But in myself I was thinking, ‘I ain’t got no other alternative. Either I’m gonna dominate this man in front of me or not.’”

Panthers Bring Aboard NFL Coaching Vet Ron Turner as Consultant to the Coaching Staff

The Panthers have added Ron Turner, a veteran of 12 NFL coaching seasons, as a consultant to the coaching staff, Max Henson of Panthers.com reports.

Turner, most recently the head coach at Florida International from 2013-16, last worked in the NFL as the quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012.

“He’ll work closely with the offense as far as evaluating the things that we’re doing, evaluating our opponents,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “And then he’ll also do some stuff for (defensive coordinator) Steve Wilks, looking at what we’re doing and explaining how people might try to attack our defense.

“He’s got a wealth of knowledge as a guy who coached at the NFL and college level for a number of years.”

This is a reunion of sorts for Rivera, Wilks and Turner, who all worked together on the 2006 Chicago Bears team that went to Super Bowl XLI.

“They’re great guys; smart, good coaches, but most importantly good people,” said Turner, who was then the offensive coordinator for the Bears

Sports Illustrated Gives Some Love to the Panthers for Their 2017 Draft Picks

While it could take years for the Panthers and the rest of the NFL to be able to give a grade to the teams’ draft class this year, it’s never early to start throwing out how teams did last week in the annual picking of players.

Chris Burke of SI has thrown out his grades – and he has the following to say about how he felt the Panthers did last week.

The offense received a huge boost, both in terms of athletic upside and O-line help. The defense took maybe a tiny step forward. Does that combo work out well enough for the Panthers to get back to Super Bowl contention? RB Christian McCaffrey was worth the No. 8 pick, because he can thrive in the power-run scheme but also burn defenses as a receiver. His addition made that of RB/WR Curtis Samuel (No. 40) unexpected. Samuel is a video-game weapon, but was this at at all repetitive after taking McCaffrey? Will the Panthers regret not going defense there? Taylor Moton (No. 64) should be the starting right tackle—he’s that solid already. DE Daeshon Hall (No. 77) and CB Corn Elder (No. 152) can contribute on defense, but neither is an elite-impact guy. GRADE B+

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