Steve Smith Sr. has a zinger ready for Panthers GM's firing

Marie Harrington
July 18, 2017

The Carolina Panthers reached the Super Bowl at the end of the 2015 season, before a 6-10 camping previous year. None has been bigger than this.

"After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have chose to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager", Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a release announcing the decision.

Owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement he made the decision after a long evaluation of the team's football operations.

Richardson also acknowledged the timing is not ideal as the Panthers are scheduled to report to camp on July 26.

Judging by Smith's tweet, there's clearly no love lost between he and Gettleman.

But other former Panther players who were cut during the Gettleman era weren't as easy on their former GM.

Carolina Panthers fire GM Dave Gettleman in shocking move
Carolina Panthers general manager relieved of his duties

In many ways, the 2017 Panthers look even better on paper entering the season than the 2015 squad that went 15-1 and blew through the postseason before blowing it against the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

In four years as Panthers general manager, Gettleman reached the playoffs three times, including a trip to the Super Bowl in 2015.

Smith, arguably the franchise's most popular player, never took the move well.

Norman's reaction to Gettleman's firing was pretty tame.

"Its Okay! Dave I know how you feel". Danny Morrison, the team's President since 2009, retired in February.

Former assistant general manager Brandon Beane left in May to become Buffalo's general manager, reuniting him with Sean McDermott, who was Carolina's defensive coordinator for six seasons (2011-16). If we accept that as true, Gettleman was sacked for making cold business decisions aimed at winning in a cold business that values only winning.

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