A quiet Monday in the NFL has been rocked by a surprise firing in Carolina.
owner Jerry Richardson that general manager Dave Gettleman has been relieved of his duties.
Richardson explained in a statement that “much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations” led to his decision, adding: “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.”
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport subsequently reported that Gettleman was in a “shaky” place with ownership, pointing to between Gettleman and Richardson after the general manager allowed cornerback to walk last offseason.
It didn’t take long for Norman to weigh in on Twitter:
â *Joshua R. Norman (@J_No24)
Norman’s tweet was quickly followed by reaction from former star wideout , who was cut free by Gettleman in 2014:
Its Okay! Dave I know how you feel….. ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½
Make no mistake: This is a stunning turn of events, especially the timing. The are days away from launching training camp and now veer into the guts of the season without a clear-cut general manager.
The enjoyed remarkable success during Gettleman’s run with the team, which began in 2013. Despite finishing 6-10 last season, Carolina was a playoff entry in each of his first three seasons, peaking with an appearance in 50. The 66-year-old Gettleman capably steered Carolina out of salary-cap hell upon his arrival and worked well with coach Ron Rivera, lacing the roster with affordable, productive free agents and plug-and-play college prospects.
Before dumping Gettleman, the watched team president Danny Morrison resign in February before assistant general manager Brandon Beane bolted for a job with the .
Richardson’s eleventh-hour decision points to a level of unrest behind closed doors that few would have pointed to a day ago. One of the most consistent franchises in the NFC is suddenly packed with questions heading into the regular season.