zuggyawesome wrote:Hmm, strange decision. The GM looked to have been doing a pretty good job. Team is on an upward's trajectory, the issue is Bridgewater is 0-7 on game winning drives this year. They're in the perfect situation to draft a QB in what appears to be a deep QB class (and PJ Walker looked pretty good in his lone start).
Might be a power struggle of sorts.
Rhule might've told owner I want Bridgewater out. Hurney might've said it's fine we're not drafting a QB next year.
The Bridgewater experiment needed to be done (though, the Panthers waaaaay overpaid), but it's clear now he's not the face for this franchise for what Rhule wants to do.
If the GM doesn't want to move on from a failed experiment the GM needs to go.
Ryan Fitzpatrick would've gotten them the same performance for cheaper.Interesting quote
Panthers owner David Tepper said that after recent conversations with Hurney about the structure of the team's football operations, it became clear they had some different ideas. Tepper was careful to say he respected Hurney's traditional approach but hopes to blend more of a data-driven process into the football operation.
Tepper said Rhule would also be a participant in the GM search.
"You look at successful organizations, and there's a certain alignment between the head coach and the GM," Tepper said. "To think that you can do that without some sort of alignment is nuts. So to not have a head coach with some input into that is stupid. I don't want to be stupid, OK?"
So it sounds like Rhule and Hurney weren't on the same page.