By Michael Brennan
The winds of change are beginning to stir in Charlotte, NC. With all of the hype and expectation around the 2012 season it may shock you to learn that the Panthers are just 1-5. Apparently, it has shocked the Panthers organization also, so much so, that the team has decided to part ways with GM Marty Hurney.
Hurney’s most recent criticism stems from his decision to sign DeAngelo Williams and Jonathon Stewart to contracts that were both over $36.5 million. The duo combined, has compiled only 319 yards on the ground through six games. To put that in perspective, Cam Newton is 46 yards away from tying that amount.
In the game against Dallas, Williams rushed for four yards. The game before that, he rushed for six. The production issue with Williams and Stewart though is not just the inability to rack up yards, as a duo, they have only taken 85 carries thus far. If you’re Arian Foster, you’ve actually had more attempts than the two backs combined in your first three games; almost doubling that amount in your first six.
The issue at hand – Hurney divvied up that money to both Williams and Stewart without considering the production they were going to give him, especially after adding Cam Newton to the repertoire. Is the criticism valid? The contracts for both Williams and Stewart totaled nearly $80 million, and again, for further comparison, Arian Foster is currently under contract for only $43.5 million – nearly half of the cost of Williams and Stewart combined.
Hurney’s ill-advised spending now has him searching for a job. But if you’re a Panthers fan it may be that the worst has yet to come. If Carolina cannot salvage their season after their horrendous start, you may see more firings to come.