After the firing of Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman today, fans have to wonder what is going on with the team? I know I am.
The timing of this is terrible! 8 days from the start of training camp. 8 DAYS! A time where players are evaluated by coaches and personnel to decide who gets cut and who stays on the 53 man roster. Probably the 2nd most important person in that whole process is not even with the franchise.
Everything is just pure speculation right now. We may never get the real answers and we more than likely won't get them now. WHY? Who is there left to talk to about it?
The general manager is gone. The assistant general manager is no longer there as Brandon Beane is now the GM in Buffalo. The team does not have a president right now as Danny Morrison resigned in February. The only person who can really comment on this is Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and he doesn't do press conferences so we are all left to ponder, WHY?
One thing we can't question, is Gettleman did a great job as general manager of the team.
In his 4 years with the Panthers, they won 3 straight NFC South Division titles. He built the best team in franchise history as they went 15-1 and made it to Super Bowl 50. But the most important job he accomplished was getting the Panthers salary cap situation back under control.
When Gettleman took over in 2013, the team was $16 million over the cap. To get this back under control, he had to cut some fan favorites over time (Steve Smith Sr, DeAngelo Williams, Josh Norman).
He did what he had to do and for the most part it worked. But because he had to make some of the tough and unpopular decisions, that may have gotten under the skin of some and ultimately may have been the demise of the former GM.
After the season this team had in 2016, there was so much promise heading into this season after the draft and free agency. But with the uncertainty of the throwing arm of Cam Newton who had offseason rotator cuff surgery and now the Panthers not even having a general manager right now, training camp now has more questions than a SAT test.
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