CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers fired general manager Marty Hurney on Monday morning, according to a statement from the team.
The Panthers stand at 1-5 this season after falling at home to the Dallas Cowboys, 19-14, on Sunday. The team has lost four games this season by five points or less.
Hurney had been Panthers' general manager since 2002.
"I am very fortunate to have been a part of one of the best organizations in the NFL since 1998," Hurney said in a statement. "As general manager I will always regret not helping us win the Super Bowl or having back-to-back winning seasons. I hope this change starts accomplishing the direction to those goals.
"I understand this decision by Mr. Richardson and will always have an extremely close relationship with him. I consider him the best owner in the NFL. I am responsible for everybody in coaching, the players, the scouts and everybody in football operations. After six weeks, we are 1-5 coming off a 6-10 season."
During his tenure as general manager, the Panthers have made three playoff appearances, won an NFC Championship, claimed two NFC South titles, been to two NFC Championship games and played in a Super Bowl.
A few players reacted to the news Monday.
“Devastating. Absolutely devastating. Guys are looking around like ‘Man it wasn’t event Marty. It wasn’t even him,’ said cornerback Josh Norman. “It’s nothing that he did. It’s more so the players…Marty’s just got us here. We just got to come out and perform. It eats at you, (losing) a guy like that.”
Defensive end Charles Johnson said through his Twitter account that the news was 'BS.'
Marty wasn't the reason we are losing! That's bs! Unbelievable! Marty might be the realist GM that I know #InMyMind BS BS BS BS!— charles johnson (@randywattson) October 22, 2012
Hurney joined the Panthers in 1998 from the San Diego Chargers and managed the salary cap under head coaches Dom Capers and George Seifert.