Tag:Marty Hurney
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:05 am
 

Panthers cut Wilson, arrested last week for pot

WilsonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

On Monday, Panthers practice squad linebacker Lawrence Wilson thought he could keep his job after his arrest last week on charges of speeding and possession of marijuana.

"I'm going to learn from this and try to put it behind me," Wilson said, via the Charlotte Observer.

Unfortunately for Wilson, who cried when he was arrested because he was worried about his job, he’ll have to learn his lesson from somewhere other than Panthers headquarters, because he was cut Tuesday.

Said general manager Marty Hurney (also via the Observer): “Obviously, the incident last week didn't help his cause. It's clear that we do not want anybody's personal conduct reflecting poorly on the club.”

Police said they stopped Wilson -- a 2011 sixth-round pick -- for speeding just as the team began to leave town for its bye week (Wilson was on his way to Virginia), and when they approached the car, they smelled marijuana. Police then allegedly discovered 11 grams (0.39 ounces) of pot.

Wilson said that was incorrect; he says he only was holding two grams. Not that, ahem, it matters to a cop.

"Weed's weed, no matter how much you've got," he said Monday.

And sometimes, as Wilson has learned, weed will knock you out of a job.

“It was very disappointing, it really was," coach Ron Rivera said. "It was one of those things where this is about maturing, about growing up and being held accountable and responsible. More than anything else, it's about what we are trying to do. We don't need distractions like this."

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Posted on: October 15, 2011 10:49 am
 

Hurney: Panthers 'not talking' trade for WR Lloyd

Posted by Will Brinson

When rumors started swirling that Denver had thrown wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on the trading block, a trio of teams emerged as most-likely destinations for the veteran: the Titans, the Rams and the Panthers.

All have a pressing need for receivers, after all. However, the Panthers, according to GM Marty Hurney, aren't interested in trading for anyone by Tuesday's deadline.

"We're not talking to anybody about any trades," Rivera said after practice Friday, per Ron Green Jr. of the Charlotte Observer. "And as of right now, we have no intention [of trade talks]."

We mentioned on the podcast, but the Panthers are simultaneously a fantastic and a horrible fit for Lloyd. They'd be great because Rod Chudzinski's offense is substantially more vertical than the "Fox Ball" being played in Denver right now. And Cam Newton needs another reliable target -- Legadu Naanee's mad one or two Panthers fans unhappy with dropped balls this year -- alongside Steve Smith.

But Carolina's also a team building for its future. Lloyd's on a one-year deal and will become a free agent, so unless he's the guy that puts the Panthers over the top and into the playoffs (and he's not), then it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to give up anything of value, even a fifth-rounder, for him.

Besides, if he ends up staying in Denver for the rest of the year, he'll probably be cheaper as a free agent anyway, after the Broncos get done sinking his value.

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Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Panthers waive 2009 2nd-rounder Everette Brown

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Two and a half years after the Panthers gave up a first-round pick to move back into the second round to select Everette Brown, they released the former Florida State defensive end, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Steve Reed.

Brown appeared in 48 games during his Carolina career, registering 47 tackles, 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a pick, but fell to fourth on the depth chart during training camp on a team coming off a 2-14 season. Brown's just 24, and at 6-4, 250 pounds, should have very little trouble finding work.

When the Panthers selected Brown, general manager Marty Hurney said, “We thought that Everette Brown was one of the better pass rushers in this draft. He’s got all of the intangibles and is a very hard worker. He has a good first step and plays with good strength. I think he helps our pass rush immediately and will work in the rotation with the ends.”

Days before, Pro Football Weekly offered this scouting report on Brown (via Aaron Aloysius on Twitter): "He was not asked to drop much in college and showed too much stiffness in reverse at his pro-day workout to project as a rush linebacker."

Hmm. Either way, Hurney's suspect early-round draft strategy continues. In addition to Brown, there's 2010 third-rounder Armanti Edwards (Carolina gave up a second-round pick to get him). A college quarterback, Edwards has struggled with the transition to wide receiver, which speaks more to the Panthers' personnel process than to Edwards' shortcomings as an NFL player.

Then there's 2010 second-rounder, Jimmy Clausen. The Panthers didn't trade up for him -- he fell so far and so fast they may not have had time -- but his NFL career to date can kindly be described as disappointing. He was forced onto the field last season when Matt Moore was injured and inconsistent, and statistically Clausen was one of the league's worst quarterbacks.

The Panthers and Hurney thought so much of him that they in April they drafted Cam Newton with the first-overall pick, and now it looks like Clausen could fall to No. 3 on the depth chart behind journeyman Derek Anderson.

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Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:57 am
 

Steve Smith: I haven't demanded a trade

SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

There’s been a bunch of talk lately about how Panthers WR Steve Smith wants out of Carolina, about how he’s cleaned out his locker at Bank of America Stadium and about how the Chargers or Raiders could be the recipient of his services.

Smith hasn’t been interested in talking about why he wants to be traded – although we could probably guess it has something to do with the Panthers not having a great chance of winning in the foreseeable future – saying only that it’s between him and his family.

But now, Smith has decided to talk a little bit, telling Pro Football Weekly that he actually hasn’t demanded a trade.

“What I have asked for is to be in a competitive situation,” Smith told PFW. “I sat down with Marty (Hurney, Carolina’s GM) a lot of times prior to the lockout."

Although he’s not sure whether the Panthers actually will trade him, he also said that just because his house is for sale, that doesn’t mean he’s actually planning to leave town.

"I think it's important that people realize I am not packing my bags,” he said. “As far as why my house is for sale, we built this huge house and we just don't have any business living in it. It seemed like a great idea, and then we moved into this big house. We started cringing at all that space we had.

"For me, it was a little bit vain that I have this big house with this big yard. People saw my house was on sale and said it was me sending a message. Really the message I sent was to my kids: Dad made a mistake. This isn't how we are supposed to live. This isn't what I should be projecting. If we don't do this now, what incentive do I give my kids to reach for? You make a lot of money and then you go blow it? I don't want to be a statistic. I want to be a good steward."

What does any of this mean? Who knows. And really, as long as the lockout continues, it really doesn’t matter, because for now, Smith isn’t going anywhere regardless of whether or not he sells his house.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: April 25, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Cats should take biggest gamble: Pass on Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

No less than 48 hours ago, I told a relative at Easter that I had "fully talked myself into the Panthers taking Cam Newton." That's a by-product of several things, including: a) the franchise's need for a "face" that people care about, b) the unparalleled upside that Newton represents, c) the lack of any decent quarterback on the roster and d) the need to sell tickets and get fans re-invested.

When I woke up on Monday though, I felt entirely differently, and now I'm pretty sure that the Panthers absolutely need to pass on Newton, acquire as many decent assets as they can, and focus on getting Andrew Luck in 2011. (Quite conveniently, Clark Judge is hearing they'll do just that.)

That's not saying they should "tank" -- and, disclaimer time: I'm actually a Panthers fan, so that would be kind of miserable for me. They shouldn't. No one should tank in the NFL because, unlike the NBA or MLB, things can change quickly, and teams can become successful overnight.

But have you seen Carolina's schedule? It's nuts. There are -- at most -- five winnable games on the slate in 2011, and it wouldn't matter who they had quarterbacking, as long as that person is either a rookie or a second-year Jimmy Clausen, because it's going to be a struggle.
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Obviously the Panthers get the Falcons, the Saints and the Buccaneers twice in 2011, and only an insane optimist could expect more than two wins against those three times total. Two, which is dangerously hopeful, would include a win against the Bucs at home and either a random upset of Atlanta or New Orleans, or a late-season win where one of those teams doesn't trot out their full "A-team" because their seeding decision has been settled.

Look at the rest of the schedule, and the even the most bullish fan would find a hard time arguing that, with Cam Newton and/or Jimmy Clausen at the helm, the Panthers will win five games. I mean, where are the wins? Against the Cardinals, in Arizona, during the opening week of the season? Maybe.

Week 2 against the Packers can already be ruled out, as can Week 12 against the Colts in Indy and the Week 15 matchup against the Texans in Houston; all of those teams have too much offense for the Panthers to compete. So let's say they lose those three games and go 1-5 in the division.

That leaves a home matchup against Jacksonville in Week 3, a trip to Chicago in Week 4, a home matchup against the Redskins in Week 7 followed by the Vikings coming to town in Week 8, a Week 10, post-bye matchup against the Titans in Charlotte and a trip to Detroit in Week 11. Winning three of those games, based on the success that the 2010 team had, would be considered a tremendous success. That's a 4-12 record for the season, a miserable year, and a learning experience with regard to whether Jimmy Clausen can be the future of the franchise (my answer is no, but Marty Hurney apparently still wants to find out).
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It's also probably good enough to land them the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, which will net them Andrew Luck of Stanford, unless he decides he really loves graduate school.

And yes, I understand that this is a game of chicken that no NFL front office can reasonably play; it predicates itself on thinking that your team will be awful, and that's not a mindset you see in the NFL. But the schedule is what the schedule is, and then there's this: everyone in this draft is pulling trigger on a quarterback.

Most folks believe that there's a chance six -- SIX! -- quarterbacks could be gone as early as the first round. If six of the 10 (or so) teams that are truly desperate for quarterback help take a first-rounder, there's a pretty good chance that they won't even be looking for Luck come next year, significantly improving the Panthers chance that they would wind up with the most coveted option in the 2011 draft, even if they didn't finish with the worst record. (For instance, if the Bills draft Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton third overall and finish 2-14, are they taking Luck? They can't.

And that should be the scariest fact for Hurney and new coach Ron Rivera when they start looking at their options for the coming season: even if they do take Newton, they could finish with the worst record in the NFL (in fact, one could argue drafting Newton improves their chances ...) and be faced with a decision on having to draft their third straight franchise quarterback. That's something that isn't even considered an option. Even if Luck was there, Carolina would have to think defense, which would be a shame.

Look, landing Luck vis-a-vis the No. 1 overall pick next year is far from a guarantee. But the odds of it happening for Carolina are at least as good, if not better, than hitting a home run with Cam Newton.
Posted on: April 24, 2011 10:39 am
 

Offseason checkup: Carolina Panthers

Posted by Will Brinson

J. Clausen hopes to get Carolina turned around in 2011 (Getty).

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Not to try and bring back the Anchorman meme that probably became uncool a few years ago, but, man, things really got out of hand fast in Carolina, didn't they? John Fox is gone, Ron Rivera is in, Jerry Richardson is likely not too popular with the fans because of the labor situation, and the draft-pick situation for the Panthers is a nightmare.

There's also a pile of questions relating to how 2011 will unfold based on the rules once the labor situation is settled. And the whole problem of everyone else in the NFC South being potentially dominant or at least pretty good ... primarily because of quarterback play. And thus, we see the Panthers problem: they need a franchise quarterback. Andrew Luck's decision to return to school put a big crimp in the plans for the No. 1 overall pick, and Cam Newton's been penciled in at this point by basically anyone.  

Even if he is the pick, the Panthers can't negotiate with him, so who knows at this point? There's ample argument for why Carolina should take a cornerback, a defensive tackle, trade the top pick, or just roll the dice with Newton.




Defensive Tackle, Quarterback

The odd things about Carolina's roster is that in 2010, they had the talent to succeed. Injuries (Jeff Otah and Thomas Davis most notably), poor play (Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen most notably) and an awkward coaching situation changed things dramatically and the team unraveled. It became pretty clear, though, that even with a talented offensive line and two superb running backs in Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, you can't run the ball if no one respects your passing game.

Can Newton fix that passing game? Is his upside worth passing on a very-much-needed defensive tackle like Marcell Dareus out of Alabama? Does it even matter if Newton can be Tim Tebow 2.0 and sell a pile of jerseys while making the Panthers nationally relevant, at least for a season?

It seems clear that Newton's going to either be a total home run, though not likely right away, or an absolute, unmitigated disaster. There might be an in-between area, but given the hype surrounding the potential No.1-overall pick, it's hard to imagine Newton settling into something that's just "average."



1. Quarterback
Value Over Replacement Player is typically a statistic that you see in baseball. But the notion remains true when you talk about the MVP race: how would the Patriots fare if you took out Tom Brady and plugged in an "average" quarterback? Well, the Panthers showed that if you plug in the player most below average in the NFL, disaster ensues. Quarterback is absolutely the most important position of need for Carolina -- it's just a matter of whether or not Newton or Blaine Gabbert could end up becoming "the guy" in Carolina as a top pick, just one season after the Panthers apparently wasted a second-rounder on Clausen. No one -- and I mean NO ONE -- can know the answer until we sees how it plays out. That's what makes their top pick so insanely controversial.

2. Defensive Tackle
Making the Panthers' choice at the top of the draft even more difficult is the presence of Dareus, who seems like a pretty good bet to succeed in the NFL. Or, at least, to not flop at defensive tackle. With (maybe) four winnable games on the 2011 schedule, the Panthers could conceivably draft Dareus, hope they perform to 2010-level expectations with a vastly more difficult schedule, and land Andrew Luck in the next season. Playing chicken with a franchise quarterback and gambling on losing a lot isn't really an efficient way to manage in the NFL, but is drafting Cam Newton really a safer option?

3. More Draft Picks
I said this for Denver and they probably have more holes to fill than the Panthers, but Carolina doesn't even have a second-rounder because they traded their pick to the Patriots in order to draft Armanti Edwards out of Appalachian State, which might secretly be the worst draft decision in quite some time, especially because it's the first pick on the second day of the draft and a coveted spot. With a draft that's deep at defensive line, and the Panthers in need of a cornerback, a quarterback and a defensive tackle, having more picks -- as opposed to, say, LESS picks -- would be a pretty big advantage for the franchise.



2011 could be disastrous for the Panthers. I mentioned four winnable games, and that's not a joke: can they beat Detroit in Ford Field? Arizona out west? Tennessee at home in Week 10? Washington at home in Week 7? The Jaguars at home in Week 3? Okay, that's actually five, so we're getting somewhere! Or not -- those games are as far from locks as you get, and they're the easiest ones on the schedule. Maybe an upset or two in the NFC South is doable, but that's a bit optimistic for anyone who watched what happened in 2010.

Hey, but hope springs eternal. Or something. Ron Rivera's got a talented staff in place and the Panthers do still have a roster with some stars; at the very least, they've got studly linebackers and a strong offensive line, should free agency fall they way they want (and when you've got your owner leading the negotiations, well, that's never a bad thing). Drafting Newton could immediately reenergize the fanbase and turn out to be an absolute gamechanger when it comes to the franchise's future. But if there's one team that actually wouldn't mind seeing a lockout last through the entire 2011 season, it's probably Carolina.

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Marty Hurney still trying to defend Jimmy Clausen

Posted by Will Brinson

It's not a given that the Carolina Panthers will take a quarterback with the first-overall pick in the NFL Draft, but considering how terrible Jimmy Clausen was in 2010, it sure does seem like a good idea.

And then you hear Marty Hurney attempting to defend Clausen in a radio interview (via Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk), and you wonder if the front office in Charlotte isn't willing to cut off its nose to spite its face.

"You look at the history of rookie quarterbacks, and it's really unfair to expect a quarterback to go in and have a lot of success as a rookie," Hurney said. "Nobody in our organization would have ever dreamed we were going to go 2-14."

And not many people outside the organization thought that either -- no one was picking the Panthers to win the Super Bowl, but they weren't expected to be the worst team in the NFL (by far, no less) in 2010.

And yet they were. Fortunately for Hurney, his boss, Jerry Richardson, has his back.

"Marty’s done an extraordinary job," Richardson said. "Anyone who studies the drafts he's had would rate them very high ... He's done an outstanding job drafting players."
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This is actually true as well -- Hurney, aside from the recent few years, has had some pretty fantastic drafts. The Armanti Edwards pick/trade (that cost them the No. 1 pick in the second round this year) and the Everette Brown pick/trade (that cost them their first-rounder in 2010) were utter disasters, but prior to that, the Panthers had been on fire with early-round picks.

Of course, Clausen was also taken in this recent bad run of draft selections, so perhaps it's time to actually admit that, regardless of a rookie learning curve, Clausen's probably not the guy for the Panthers.

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Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.25.11: Happy birthday, forward pass

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • So, the forward pass turned 78 years old today. Two things: 1) It's really held up well in it's old age, and 2) Can you imagine how many billions of dollars the NFL would be fighting over if it hadn't been invented? Because I bet it would be like five. Except without the billion part.
  • Leonard Hankerson wants to carry on the "tradition" of "The U." He must not have watched the movie about what happened there. Just kidding, as you can see, he seems like a nice kid.


 
 
 
 
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