Owner: Jerry Richardson, 19th year
General Manager: Dave Gettleman, 1st year
Head Coach: Ron Rivera, 3rd year
Other front-office notables: Brandon Beane, Director of Football Operations; Don Gregory, Director of College Scouting; Mark Koncz, Director of Pro Scouting.
Who's really in charge? The structure of the Panthers' front office isn't as complicated as that of some other teams. So as was true of former GM Marty Hurney during his 11 seasons, Dave Gettleman -- the longtime New York Giants personnel man -- has final say over all football matters, including the 53-man roster, and he reports directly to Jerry Richardson. Ron Rivera reports to Gettleman -- and the relationship between them is still a work in progress.
The two actually first met over breakfast the day after Gettleman was hired. In the time since, Gettleman has leaned on his own experience to catch up on what Rivera and his staff want in players at each position. The new GM is trying to incorporate an inclusive decision-making process, not unlike what he was a part of with the Giants. Both Don Gregory and Mark Koncz were held over from the Hurney regime -- Gettleman liked that Gregory is a "grinder," and he appreciated Koncz's ability to ferret out background info.
For Gettleman, the primary difference between Charlotte and New York might be how ownership operates. Where the Maras are in-the-office owners whose job is football, Richardson has outside businesses to tend to, and he isn't in the building as much. The GM talks with Richardson at least once a week; he has used his boss as a resource, applying his business knowledge to football problems.
An outside perspective from an NFC personnel executive: "My guess is, he'll have his own twist on the Giants' system there. He was in Denver and Buffalo, so he has a lot of experience in different places. He's exceptionally smart, and he's a grinder who will play no favorites. He'll keep the guys that deserve it, and work really well with the coach there, and be egoless about it. I think he'll do a lot of things like they've been done in the places he's been. He worked with (Bill) Polian, and Ernie (Accorsi) and Jerry (Reese), with (Mike) Shanahan in Denver, so he's seen it done right. He'll take the best of everything he's learned, be true to his scouting, see what he sees, and trust his instincts. And there are some tough decisions coming there, because the structure of the team and its cap are out of whack. ... He's been a grinder -- just does his job, and trusted that his reputation would be enough to get him an opportunity. He's a meat-and-potatoes guy, but a very, very three-dimensional guy, who lives, eats and breathes the job, and has a diverse set of skills but is also spiritual, well-read, a family man, and very smart."
NFL.com article http://www.nfl.com/n...ds-seek-balance
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