Have you taken the time to think that Dave Gettleman may not have been been the only one who thought it was time to let Smitty go? Don't you wonder what kind of input he got from Ron, Shula, etc.? I wonder what they were saying during all of the discussions.
Gettleman claims he is good at listening to others and not just doing things his way, which he backed up by keeping a lot of coaches and scouts here. So I have to believe that there are a good number of people who are on board with this and share a vision for what they want.
As for how he handled the situation.. The media probably made it seem much worse than it really was. Smitty is the best panther of all time so anyway we got rid of him would have turned into a drama story.
In response to letting Greg hardy walk away in FA.
"Sitting down with Dave Gettleman and talking with him about the direction we're gonna head and how we're gonna get things done, they're gonna work to get that taken care of, so I'm pretty excited about that. I like the fact that we're gonna have our guys as we go forward."