Since arriving in Carolina, Gettleman's repeatedly shown he's not afraid to cut any player (Steve Smith can attest to that). He's been described as ruthless, all business, not giving a crap, etc. It's a complete 180 from Marty Hurney, and those of us who wanted a 'football guy' in charge for years are very happy to see it.
But what about when it comes to staff?
The coaches, scouts, and front office people in place now are largely the same people who were in place when Gettleman arrived. He stated at that time that he didn't want to be the guy 'that just came in and fired everybody' which is admirable.
But what if there are some changes in staff and front office that actually should be made?
What if Rivera, a guy that Gettleman seems to enjoy a great working relationship with, isn't the right guy to lead this team?
We all see his ruthless "business only" approach to the roster and expect that to apply in all areas, but so far it hasn't. Truth be told, I think there are some staff, front office and (probably) coaching changes that could stand to be made and might improve the team. But to date, there are no indications that such changes are being considered.
Is it possible Gettleman has a dichotomy in his mind: One standard for the players but a different standard for those with whom he works directly? I have to think that'd be a pretty bad mindset to have if you want to run an effective organization. If you really want to hold a standard of "perform or you're gone", then it has to apply to everyone, not just the guys on the field.
So the big question in my mind right now: If this season does indeed wind up being an utter disaster and the best option for improvement isn't necessarily just making changes to players only, will Gettleman pull the trigger?
You tell me.