For Monday, July 17th, 2017 here is your roundup of Panthers news and story links.
The Panthers fired general manager Dave Gettleman today. After four seasons with the team, Gettleman’s dismissal was announced by Jerry Richardson on Monday.
From Panthers.com, Jerry Richardson is quoted as saying, “After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager,”
He added, “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.”
As of this recording the Panthers have not provided any further details about Gettleman’s release but fans speculate that Thomas Davis’ tenure with the team – and wishes to retire as a Panther was a point of debate between the former GM and owner. Other issues such as Greg Olsen’s contract and the possibility that Gettleman wanted to move on from Cam Newton sooner rather than later have been suggested.
Gettleman unceremoniously parted ways with long-time Panthers standouts such as Steve Smith, Josh Norman, Jordan Gross and DeAngelo Williams, which did not endear him to the fanbase. Steve Smith has also commented that his retirement as a Carolina Panther was doubtful so long as Gettleman remained with the team.
While many have commented that the Panthers have had one of the most exciting off-seasons it comes as a surprise that the team would make such a move just a week before Training Camp is set to begin.
Several news outlets have further coverage of this breaking story. You can find more information at Panthers.com including Bill Voth’s Examination of why the Panthers parted ways with Dave Gettleman More is at Cat Scratch Reader, USA Today Panthers Wire, the Charlotte Observer and at WFNZ where Bill Voth explains on the Garcia and Bailey Show.
In addition to the coverage, USA Today Panthers Wire highlights 3 former Panthers who took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Gettleman’s firing with DeAngelo Williams tweeting, “I want to publicly say @Panthers is off my list of teams I won’t play for due to the firing of that snake Dave gettleman! 😎😎👌🏽✊🏽”
I want to publicly say @Panthers is off my list of teams I won't play for due to the firing of that snake Dave gettleman! 😎😎👌🏽✊🏽
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) July 17, 2017
The Roaring Riot Podcast will have more in-depth analysis and discussion of how the Panthers move into the post-Gettleman-era on our regular podcast scheduled for July 18th.