I have the right to question someone who has let basically all of our secondary, receiving corp and o-line go and brought in literally no one to replace them. For whatever Hurney did wrong, he never left these sorts of gaping holes.
Hurney never left gaping holes?
How often did we have a solid receiving corps or interior defensive front under Hurney?
Heck, how many times did we have a good cornerback not named Chris Gamble?
How good were we at tight end in the years before we finally got Greg Olsen?
Who played quarterback between Jake Delhomme and Cam Newton?
Hurney managed this team from 2002 through 2012, and out of the eleven seasons he was in charge we had only three winning campaigns.
This is not someone I would hold up as a model of consistency
And can we please remember that our final roster will be set somewhere around six months from now, not tomorrow?
I wasn't a big fan of it, either. Hence why I said the folks taking what he had to say as gospel might wanna look a little more closely at what he was saying, particularly about Newton.
Newton has grown a lot since entering the league, but the team also has been very careful to shield him of some outside forces and not let a few stories of his immaturity get out the past few seasons.
Granted, none of these have been locker-room-crushing incidents, but there has been a lot of eye-rolling at Newton's antics on all levels of the organization, even during the playoff run last season.
Even as he was playing at an MVP level at midseason, he hadn't proven to everyone in the locker room that he could be fully trusted. But the people who matter most in the organization are looking past that.
But you can bet that subtly, over time, Newton won some sort of pissing contest, and the team handed him the trophy.
...are not the kind of thing I'd wanna hang my hat on.
Dave Gettleman just didn't get along with Steve Smith. Simple as that.
You want to go off of Edholm's article?
Have you read Edholm's article?
Here's what you're calling "the truth"...
No, the bigger significance is that Newton is getting what he wants, and all the responsibility that goes with it. Power, in the wrong hands, can be a dangerous thing.
The 12-4 season in 2013 emboldened Newton, Gettleman and Rivera (in that he received an extension in January), and yet it essentially cut the legs out from Smith in his place with the team, even though he had sacrificed one of those legs by returning for the playoff game early after a Week 16 knee injury. Smith's numbers were down overall, and even though he was Newton's most trusted target in key situations this past season, we could start to see life after Smith in Carolina.
Gettleman certainly could. He grew tired of Smith's bold and outspoken personality and wondered if it would run Newton off track, assuming he has been on the right one to begin with. The relationship between Newton and Smith also veered slightly off course in recent years, too, as Newton was coddled more by the team and Smith was made to feel less of the man.
Is that Smith's insecurity? Newton's swelling ego? Perhaps both were factors. But there is little question that the team was thinking chiefly about Newton when they cut Smith.
Let's not mince words here: It's highly doubtful that Newton marched into Rivera's or Gettleman's office and demanded a "me or him" situation. It was not that bad. But you can bet that subtly, over time, Newton won some sort of pissing contest, and the team handed him the trophy.
Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer correctly reported that Gettleman viewed Smith as a distraction. But does Gettleman view Newton as a leader? Someone who can be accountable in good times and in bad?
Newton has grown a lot since entering the league, but the team also has been very careful to shield him of some outside forces and not let a few stories of his immaturity get out the past few seasons. Granted, none of these have been locker-room-crushing incidents, but there has been a lot of eye-rolling at Newton's antics on all levels of the organization, even during the playoff run last season.
Perhaps it's much ado about nothing now, and Newton certainly has the God-given ability to do more great things in the NFL. He honestly cares about winning, too, which is not something to be scoffed at. Not all great players do, sadly. Newton is as strong of mind as he is of body and spirit.
But sometimes that strength is unbridled. Even as he was playing at an MVP level at midseason, he hadn't proven to everyone in the locker room that he could be fully trusted. But the people who matter most in the organization are looking past that. They are making Newton the centerpiece, a move that long has been in motion obviously.
They were not going to let Smith get in the way of that. So that's why they released him Thursday, despite no heir on the roster and despite the team essentially paying him $5 million to go away and be someone else's thing.
But more importantly, if you're a Panthers fan, are you ready to put all your chips in with Cam? The team now must re-sign him and go big to do so, following his option season of 2015. Will he be willing to wait that long? And how much do you pay him?
These are all fascinating questions to ponder when you consider the state of the rest of the offense around him. Oh, the Panthers will make moves to help him, there's no question. But they won't replace Smith and Jordan Gross as players or, maybe more importantly, as locker-room buffers to keep the pressure squarely off Newton.
But suddenly, it's clear: Cam Newton isn't as well protected as he was previously. And yet, he's more exposed than ever before. This is the way the Panthers want it.