Panthers GM Marty Hurney On Newton, McCaffrey, Rebuilding

In a recent chat with Joe Person of The Athletic, Panthers GM Marty Hurney said he did “nothing that was out of bounds” while talking with Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens during the draft. If the NFL disagrees with Hurney’s assessment, the Panthers and Saints could be penalized by the league office. 

Beyond that weirdness, Hurney was also asked about the Panthers’ eventful offseason and their plans moving forward. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:

On No. 7 overall pick Derrick Brown and whether he would have traded down if Brown was gone

Every year we go into the draft, and wherever we’re picking, we have a group of guys that we would take there. Obviously, he was the guy we were hoping that would get to us, and we’re fortunate that he did…You consider everything. How you approach the draft is how you approach everything else every day: You cover every scenario. So we had all sorts of options. But it didn’t get to that point. 

On Cam Newton‘s ongoing free agency

I don’t know. I’m just focused on us and trying to get us the best we can be for this season. I can’t speak for other teams. I do have great respect for him, but I can’t answer for other teams.

On Christian McCaffrey‘s record-breaking extension

Christian’s ability and his performance as a receiver is very unique to the running back position, as you can see by the 1,000-1,000 marks that he surpassed last year. He really is a different type of running back at the position than maybe we would’ve thought of three, five, ten years ago because of his ability to create mismatches as a receiver, his ability to run between the tackles, his ability to make big plays. He really is a combination running back/wide receiver. All those things led to us — and as you said, his ability as a leader, the type of commitment that he shows, the type of person that he is, the way he comes every day to get better — all those things went into play.

On the notion of rebuilding

I approach it as one good decision at a time. Every year you have a lot of changes. I think the league average is 33 percent or so, and maybe over 60 percent every two years. Obviously, we’ve had a lot of changes, not only on the player side but the coaching side. You’re always trying to build the most competitive team you can build. I think we have gotten younger, and I think we have a good mix of veterans and young players. We’re just excited to work with them and improve every day. 

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6 comments on “Panthers GM Marty Hurney On Newton, McCaffrey, Rebuilding

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Panthers are either going to be in a long rebuild or a quick turn around build.
    This year they drafted only defence which makes sense considering some of the names they have lost over the years. But their offence should hold their own also this season with Bridgewater the new QB and Robby Anderson a new WR joining McCaffery, Moore and Samuel.

    I think Panthers will be able to bounce back reasonably quick and have a positive record in about 2/3 years.

    • dust44

      I somewhat agree. Not sold on the Bridgewater signing quite yet. I feel like a shorter prove it deal should of been the play. That way he doesn’t play well u can draft the QB of the future next year. But I get the deal once there was absolutely no chance to get up to get Burrow. Would of loved to c a Burrow and McCaffrey lead offense.

      • Simmons>Russ

        Yeah never though of Burrow and McCaffery that would’ve been exciting even Herbert McCaffery would’ve been nice but either way Bridgewater should do alright. I don’t see him being great but his deal runs for what 3/4 years and in that time the rest of the team will be ready and rebuilt they could draft a QB in any of those years to take over or Teddy might step up

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Saints and Falcons showing age so they will be embarking on their own rebuilds shortly. NFC South should be a weak division up for grabs over the next few years.

    • wagner13

      If the Saints can find a competent quarterback to take over for Brees, they really won’t need to rebuild. We saw Bridgewater carry the team to victory without difficulty last season, so it’s not like they need a Mahomes-esque talent to take over. Falcons are toast though

      • crosseyedlemon

        It’s not just Brees. Saints currently have the oldest league roster with 13 players 30 or older.

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