His philosophy to build through the draft and not overspend in free agency is sound.\n
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Hurney's biggest fault was signing running backs DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and defensive end Charles Johnson to ridiculously high contracts that has current general manager Dave Gettleman in what he might call salary cap hell.\n
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Oh, and there was the five-year, $42.5 million deal he gave to 34-year-old Jake Delhomme after the quarterback had six turnovers in the 2008 playoff loss to Arizona.\n
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Aside from those things, Hurney is the same person who helped build the Panthers into a team that made it to the Super Bowl in 2003, the NFC Championship Game in 2005 and back to the playoffs in 2008.\n
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What he said the day he was fired was more truth than anybody probably was willing to admit at the time.\n
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\"I think we need somebody to step up in the locker room and take hold,\" Hurney told reporters at Bank of America Stadium. \"I think there are people capable of that. I think we need some players to step up and say enough is enough.\"\n
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That finally happened last season when Gross, with the team 1-3 heading into Minnesota, gave a speech that many of his teammates credit for the ensuing eight-game winning streak.\n
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That Hurney, a former sportswriter, has decided to resurface now is a good thing. That he's resurfacing at a time Gettleman is under siege for releasing Smith and letting Carolina's No. 2, 3 and 4 receivers get away in free agency -- not to mention failing to sign a veteran from another team -- is merely coincidence.\n
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Hurney likes Gettleman and believes he'll do a good job.\n
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So do I, even though I still disagree with the release of Smith.\n
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I'm not sure what Hurney will be asked on \"Insiders\" (ESPN, 3:30 p.m.). I'm not sure how much he will talk about the past because he's a high-road guy. It's why players such as Johnson came to his defense when he was fired.\n
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\"Marty wasn't the reason we are losing! ... Unbelievable!\" Johnson wrote on Twitter at the time.\n
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But there will be questions, maybe a few that are uncomfortable. I'm sure you have a few. Here are five of mine:\n\n\n
Some of these things surely will come up on the broadcast. How Hurney addresses them isn't as important as he's finally comfortable enough to talk football publicly again.\n
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Hurney did a lot of good things for Carolina. Even Gettleman acknowledged that in his postseason wrap-up.\n
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