Just days away from training camp and a major shocker from the Panthers.
General Managers and coaches get fired late in the season or just after, that is the way of the NFL world. However, sometimes events occur which also create chaos that can imperil a team’s whole season.
The Panthers just shocked the NFL world by announcing that Dave Gettleman was fired, effective immediately.
No reason was given for the firing, just that the owner had relieved him of his duties. Gettleman had been at the helm for four years, having helped build the team that went to the Super Bowl a little over 18 months ago.
The NFL now has had two summer firings of general managers. The latest is the Panthers’ Dave Gettleman, coming a… https://t.co/bLwFtChE0V
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) July 17, 2017
Gettleman is the second GM fired this summer, with the Chiefs having fired John Dorsey a few weeks ago. Carolina went 40-23-1 under Gettleman, making the playoffs three times. During his tenure the team built a Super Bowl contender with a stiff defense. As Cam Newton continues to develop it is assumed they will dominate the NFC South, but last year’s 6-10 record may have caused concerns for team owner Jerry Richardson. Of the firing, Richardson said “While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed.”
Does this spell doom for the Panthers, or is this firing just a blip for a strong, veteran team?