On Monday July 17th, the Carolina Panthers fired GM Dave Gettleman. Gettleman has been with the Panthers since 2013 and led them to a SB in the 2015/2016 season. In addition to Gettleman, the Panthers also lost Assistant GM Brandon Beane (Buffalo) and President Danny Morrison (resigned) during the offseason.
“After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager,” Richardson said. “I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons. While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed.”
Richardson said in a statement that “the timing of this decision is not ideal, but a change was needed.” Gettleman is the 6th GM fired this offseason; four of them came 2+ months after the season ended. Gettleman spent 30 years in scouting departments before joining Carolina, and has been a part of seven SB teams, including three winners. Prior to his time in Carolina, he was with Buffalo from 1990-1991, Denver in 1997, and the Giants in 2000, 2007, and 2011.
Ian Rapoport reported that Gettleman and Richardson were in a shaky place after allowing star CB Josh Norman to walk. That still happened 15 months ago though. That wasn’t Gettleman’s first disputable move, in 2013 he traded LB Jon Beason to the New York Giants, a year after totaling 16 tackles and 1 INT. The Charlotte Observer said the firing of Gettleman caught the staff by surprise since everyone was on vacation. Gettleman is a talent evaluator, much like recently fired Chiefs GM John Dorsey. Before Beane left for Buffalo, he performed many day-to-day activities that a GM would normally do, which allowed Gettleman to focus on building the roster.
Carolina finished first in the NFC South in three of Gettleman’s four seasons as GM. Two of Carolina’s top players, Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen, are both looking for more money this offseason, which could be partly why Gettleman was fired. Even though there were many flaws in his four year tender with Carolina, Gettleman managed to keep the heart and soul of the team built by former GM Marty Hurney. It included the following players:
- Cam Newton
- Luke Kuechly
- Thomas Davis
- Greg Olsen
- Ryan Kalil
- Jonathan Stewart.
Along with the six players above, he also drafted Christian McCaffrey a few months ago and DT Kawann Short a couple years ago. Gettleman’s replacement will be GM number three HC Ron Rivera reports to. Carolina begins training camp a week from Wednesday.