Marty Hurney was a beat-writer before he started working for the Redskins PR department, then he learned under the Chargers GM Bobby Beathard in the mid-90s, then started managing the cap for the Panthers before becoming GM. Hurney was actually the interim GM for awhile after Polian left, a few years before he actually became GM.
What's your point here? Beane has almost an identical amount of experience that Hurney did before becoming GM of the Panthers. Is that a good thing for the future of the team? No. Is he being considered for the job? Definitely. If he follows the same path as Hurney, Beane will be the GM in a few years after the Panthers crash a burn with their next hire. (kidding about that last part)
Like i said a while back, this discussion magnifies the prior error.
Hurney was fired for poor job performance. And his mentor in the GM world was actually one of the best GMs ever (Bobby Beathard), Beane's mentor was a guy who just got fired for poor performance on his first ever gig.
If Beane was the pupil, and the teacher was fired for being bad at his job, that doesn't speak well for his chances.
And please don't tell me you can look at the resumes' of these guys who have been scouting and evaluating for 15-20 years and take seriously the notion that a guy who up until a few weeks ago was overseeing the equipment and the video department and making travel arrangements is a serious candidate next to that
You don't put a guy who's never even been a scout in charge of your entire personnel department.