If Brandon Beane had stayed with the Carolina Panthers, he may have been in line to become the team’s new GM after Dave Gettleman was fired on Monday. Instead, Beane bet on himself and took the Buffalo Bills‘ GM job back in May.
Did losing Beane play a role in the Panthers firing Gettleman? No one knows for sure, but Panthers.com writer Bill Voth suggested that it may have been one of the reasons why the Panthers fired Gettleman so close to the start of training camp.
In his article, Examining why Panthers parted ways with Dave Gettleman, Voth wrote the following on Beane:
“One presumable significant crack in the foundation began two months ago.”
When Brandon Beane left for Buffalo, Gettleman lost a key member of his team who had performed many day-to-day functions of a GM, a role that allowed Gettleman to focus on roster building. In many ways, the fallout appeared similar to some of the stories that came out of Kansas City after the Chiefs parted with GM John Dorsey.
Like Dorsey, Gettleman’s expertise is as a talent evaluator. Despite some misses, he batted well over .500 in the draft, and he did a tremendous job filling in pieces around the spine of a roster built by previous GM Marty Hurney. But Gettleman was a dyed-in-the-wool scout/general manager who had little experience managing people.”
Voth went on to suggest that the final straw may have been Gettleman’s contract negotiations with veterans Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen. Gettleman has made tough decisions such as cutting veterans Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams and rescinding Josh Norman’s franchise tag during his time as Panthers GM.
We may never…
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