Cap reasons are ONE reason they are dumping him. They have proven they part with their stars for more than just that....again, don't get too caught up in one player you miss the big picture point. There are many more players to point to.
Both models are better than our model....and until Gettlemen proves different I will asume we follow Richardson's model. Until Gettlemen goes to work he basically hasn't done anything to date Hurney wouldn't of done.
If your logic is that Hurney followed Richardson's model therefore Gettleman will follow the same model I think you are missing the fact that there were a lot of things that Hurney did well. He drafted well in the first round and again in lower rounds. He was very good at finding guys in free agency to fill spots on the roster when injuries hit. The thing he did was not just make big contracts but guarantee too much money. Sure that is a problem that is biting us in the butt and was the main reason he was fired. But I give the benefit of the doubt to the new GM until he give reason to doubt him taking a half full approach. You are obviously a half empty kind of guy and that is fine as well. I just don't choose to be around people like that too often as I find their negativity is contagious. I deal with it enough in my career to not choose it in my free time.
We will see how he handles things. I think he will be fine and you are more cynical. Both are legitimate approaches.