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The Carolina Panthers fired General Manager Marty Hurney this morning.  The news broke during the 9 o’clock hour while The Mac Attack was on air while Panthers play-by-play announcer and WFNZ Sports Anchor, Jim Szoke was filling in for a vacationing T-Bone.

The news was delivered by Preppy the show’s producer and Mac and Szoke both seemed to be taken by surprise.  The news was first reported by NFL Insider Ian Rapoprt. David Tepper followed with a statement released by the Panthers saying:

“I think sometimes you just need a restart, a refresh,” Tepper said. “We did it last year on the coaching side. Maybe you could say it should have been done before on the GM side. Maybe it should have been. I’m sure people may say that, or otherwise, on both sides.

“I think it’s just time, on both sides, to do that. It just seems like the right time to move forward.”

In response to to Tepper’s statement Mac said..”not exactly a ringin endoresement for Marty”, and continued to say how he thought it was strange that Tepper added the bit about firing Hurney last year.”

Szoke, who has a close professional relationship with Hurney was most surprised that the Panthers let “Mr. First Round” go with 2 games left in the season.

To that point of Hurney’s ability to choose good first round talent, Mac flaots the idea that the Panthers should’ve kept Hurney to make that first round pick.