Oh man, this could be a book but....
The first issue was Hurney going around resigning his "core".
He did 2 things right to help Cam. Resign Kalil and Trade for Greg Olsen, this gave Cam stability at the Center spot and a TE to rely on.
Shockey was signed as well, but I can't remember if that was before or after we drafted Cam.
The DWill contract hurt Cam twice. It took away valuable cap and it cost us a possible 3rd or 4th comp pick, a pick where we could have grabbed an OLineman or Playmaker to develop.
The Kicker That Shall Not Be Named contract was horrible and he cost us games AND cost cap.
Beason, CJ, Godfrey deals were meant to support the D.
The issue grew worse in the draft along with Cam. We took 1 WR (Pilares) who was really a Special Team guy and late round OLine that didn't pan out at all.. Adams has been released and Amini is...developing. Fua and McClain could be the worst 2 non-trade picks Hurney made, it was horrible, especially looking back at what could have been (which I frown upon but for this thread we will play along). Also, the Edwards trade cost us chances at playmakers.
Turn the Williams/Kicker/Beason/Godfrey money into a young promising guard, a Pierre Garcon or Vincent Jackson, or even a RT and things look a lot better from 2010
Instead of Edwards: WR Torrey Smith, WR Randal Cobb, OT Orlando Franklin
Instead of McClain: RB Ridley, RB Demaro Murray, Etc
Instead of Fua/Hogan: Cameron Jordan TE, Etc
Instead of Pilares: Marcus Cannon G (thats a strech, but point remains.
Our 2011 draft wasn't dedicated to helping Cam Newton, Hurney was still in "We can WINS!" mode when he should of have been in "Lets restock the fridge" mode.
It wasn't much better in 2012, but at least that draft wasn't a complete and total cluster fug after the 1st pick like 2011.
2013 was Gett's first draft. I believe he walked into the GM office, looked at some contracts and murrmered "WTF" at least 100 times a day.
2009, 2010 and 2011 drafts were absolute dog poo for this team, excluding a couple hits obviously.
The best of the Bunch is Cam, Hardy and Lafell. a Franchise QB, a DE we developed, and a Career #2 WR.
Out of 24 players drafted in those 3 years, 16 are no longer with the team. Of the 8 that remain, Cam and Hardy are the only playmakers. 4 of the 8 are starters (Captain shouldn't be but WTFever) and the other 4 are JAGs.