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Mr. Scot

One hire...or two?

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See, I'm just the opposite. I'd rather have the football guy in the GM spot, then give him an experienced finance guy to help with the economics.

We have had that since 2003. Lets try something new. :)

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We have had that since 2003. Lets try something new. :)

Hurney was the cap guy before he was the GM. Rob Rogers has that role now, but I doubt he gets a look for the GM spot (not with a consultant running the show).

As far as trying to pin down whether Hurney was a football guy or a finance guy, given that his background was as a sportswriter and he worked his way up through the PR department before moving into the other roles, I guess the correct answer is "neither" :(

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Hurney was the cap guy before he was the GM.

A cap guy with zero experience or education in high level finance and contract negotiation?

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A cap guy with zero experience or education in high level finance and contract negotiation?

Pretty much. And likewise, can't find info to verify it, but I've been told that Mark Koncz (head of pro scouting) was hired out of the ticket sales department.

If the consultant has the latitude to examine the entire football operation (which I believe he will) then one of the things he might want to nix is the hiring of guys for jobs in which they have no background.

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A cap guy with zero experience or education in high level finance and contract negotiation?

From the Panthers official web site:

Hurney joined the Panthers in 1998 from the San Diego Chargers and managed the salary cap under head coaches Dom Capers and George Seifert. As general manager, Hurney oversees the salary cap while coordinating the different areas of football operations with head coach Ron Rivera and the team's college and pro scouting departments.

Hurney first caught the eye of former Washington Redskins Owner Jack Kent Cooke as a reporter covering the team's championship runs in the 1980s. Developing an association with Cooke, head coach Joe Gibbs and general manager Bobby Beathard, Hurney joined the Redskins public relations department in 1988. In 1990, Hurney moved with Beathard to San Diego, serving as the general manager's assistant with responsibilities that included organizing the scouting department and player contracts and overseeing the day-to-day football administration.

With the advent of the salary cap in 1993, Hurney emerged as the club's specialist in compliance management to the agreement, earning distinction as both an administrator and negotiator and playing an integral role in San Diego's AFC Championship in 1994.

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I'm with Zod on this... it's been an issue, us drafting players and holding on to them too long and/or giving them outrageous contracts seemingly based on the fact that the guy that drafted them (Hurney) didn't want to give up on them. Get some separation between the financial side and the talent/evaluation side of the football operations. The talent/scout guys work with the coaches to evaluate players and the GM works with the owner to pay the players and holds the scouts and coaches accountable.

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Does it really matter that much whether there is a football guy or a numbers guy as the titled GM as long as there is a 2nd hire who specializes in the other and the GM knows where his own strengths lie / listens to the advice of the other in the area where he isn't strong? Functionally, as long as the two work as a team and it's not a dysfunctional relationship, the end results shouldn't be too disparate.

In either case it won't be fair to project the Hurney era problem of keeping players too long onto the new guy, financial minded or talent minded, because that's a problem with the person not their training. A good front office won't hold onto players out of loyalty past their useful life and certainly won't give them raises to stay long past their prime.

If we end up going with a single hire, and not a GM with one specialty / director with the other tandem, then our available talent pool becomes a lot smaller and I don't really know where I make the sacrifice. I guess I try to quantify and hire the guy with the highest combined talent level.

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Thats what Hurney was though, a talent evaluator. What we got was sub par talent at high prices.

The problem with Hurney is that he was attached to players for reasons of pride. Its difficult for him to admit he was wrong and sticks with players far too long after shelling out way to much money to retain them.

If he failed at talent AND the finacial side seems JR held onto him for too long.

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I would like the GM to be heavy in finance and cap management with the director being heavy in talent evaluation.

Winning teams are built on spreadsheets in this league.

I think you are absolutely correct.

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I don't know that anyone can guarantee a finance guy will be ruled less by his ego than a football guy.

I'd still prefer the final call on any decision be made by a football guy, not an accountant.

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I am with Mr. Scott on this one. I would rather have my football guy, the guy who knows what it takes to build a winner, not a bean counter, making the final decisions.

Anyone can handle the cap. Within reason that is. But a football guy brings a perspective no accountant can bring.

Build a strong talent evaluation team. Trust them. And let the cap guy figure out how to get everyone paid. Within reason of course. No accountant can do what a football guy can. So... bring in the football guy. Then give him a cap guy to finish the deals.

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