The second official announcement of the week is here, and it could start another set of moves that have been expected to happen since the GM search started. Marty Hurney is reuniting with Ron Rivera, but will have a different role for their third pairing. He was the Carolina Panthers GM who hired Rivera in 2011, and started his second stint in 2017.
Hurney was originally going to be the Washington Footnall Team’s New GM according to multiple reports, but those plans changed. Martin Mayhew was named the new GM, and now Hurney has been given the title of Executive Vice President of Football/Player Personnel. Hurney and Mayhew were Rivera's top choices for the front office, and they will both report to him in this new power structure.
Where does this leave current Vice President of Player Personnel Kyle Smith? Most rumors, reports, and speculation have him leaving after one year of working with Ron Rivera who mentioned getting on the same page recently when asked about him.
Official Press Release:
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Football Team announced today that they have named Marty Hurney Executive Vice President of Football/Player Personnel. Hurney will report directly to Head Coach Ron Rivera.
Hurney joins Washington with 30 seasons of NFL experience as an executive and will rejoin the franchise where he started his NFL career as a member of the team’s public relations department.
“Marty Hurney is an excellent evaluator of talent and someone whom I trust and have worked with in the past,” said Head Coach Ron Rivera. “He knows the amount of hard work it takes to operate a successful personnel department. Marty has a proven track record as a successful scout and general manager and will be a vital part of shaping our roster. Both myself and Mr. Snyder agreed that he would bring an enormous amount of experience to our operation. It is also fitting that Marty started his career here working for the legendary Bobby Beathard. I look forward to collaborating with both Marty and Martin in the years to come.”
Hurney was named the Carolina Panthers General Manager in 2002 and held the position until 2012. He was then brought back as the club’s interim general manager in 2017 and maintained the official role from 2018-2020. During Hurney’s tenure as general manager, the Panthers appeared in the postseason four times, with two NFC South titles, two trips to the NFC Championship game and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Hurney has had a strong number of draft selections in the first round. Most notably, he selected both QB Cam Newton and LB Luke Kuechly in the first round of consecutive drafts in 2011 and 2012. Newton went on to win NFL Rookie of the Year in 2011, NFL MVP in 2015 along with setting nearly every passing and rushing record in franchise history. Kuechly won NFL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. Carolina was just the fourth team in NFL history to have consecutive players win rookie of the year honors since the awards inception in 1967.
Hurney’s other notable first round selections include DE Julius Pepper (2002), T Jordan Gross (2003), CB Chris Gamble (2004), LB Thomas Davis Sr. (2005), RB DeAngelo Williams (2006), RB Jonathan Stewart (2008), WR DJ Moore (2018) and DE Brian Burns (2019). Peppers was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times, was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2002 and is the Panthers’ all-time leader in sacks. Gross started at tackle for the Panthers for 11 consecutive seasons, made three Pro Bowls and is the Panthers’ all-time leader in games started. Gamble started at cornerback for the Panthers for nine seasons and is the all-time franchise leader in interceptions. Davis Sr. was selected to three Pro Bowl along with gaining First Team All-Pro honors in 2015 and is the Panthers all-time leader in tackles. Stewart and Williams went on to compile 7,318 rushing yards and 6,846 rushing yards, which is No. 1 and No. 2 in Panthers’ history, respectively. Moore has led Carolina in receiving and posted 1,000-plus receiving yards in consecutive seasons and was selected to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2018. Burns ranked No. 4 among rookies in sacks in 2019 and led the Panthers with 9.0 sacks in 2020.
During Hurney’s tenure as Panthers GM, he also had considerable success in free agency and through trades. Hurney executed trades for TE Greg Olsen and long snapper J.J. Jansen who were both Pro Bowlers. Olsen holds the franchise record for receiving yards among tight ends and ranks No. 3 overall in receiving yards in franchise history. He also acquired RB Stephen Davis, QB Jake Delhomme, LB Mark Fields and G Mike Wahle via free agency. All four players were named to Pro Bowls during their time with Carolina. Delhomme ranks second behind only Cam Newton as the franchise’s leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns.
Prior to being named general manager of the Panthers in 2002, Hurney held the position of director of player operations from 1999-2001 and director of football administration in 1998. Before joining the Carolina Panthers organization, Hurney held the role of coordinator of football operations with the San Diego Chargers under Pro Football Hall of Fame and Washington Ring of Fame executive Bobby Beathard.
Hurney began his career as a reporter covering Washington in the 1980s. After developing relationships with Owner Jack Kent Cooke, General Manager Bobby Beathard and Head Coach Joe Gibbs, Hurney joined Washington’s public relations department in 1988.
Hurney is a native of Wheaton, Md. and attended Catholic University in Washington D.C. Before joining Washington’s public relations department, he worked for the _Montgomery Journal, Washington Star _and Washington Times.
HURNEY FOOTBALL TIMELINE
2021: Executive Vice President of Football/Player Personnel, Washington Football Team
2018-20: General Manager, Carolina Panthers
2017: Interim General Manager, Carolina Panthers
2002-12: General Manager, Carolina Panthers
1999-2001: Director of Player Operations, Carolina Panthers
1998: Director of Football Administration, Carolina Panthers
1990-97: Coordinator of Football Operations, San Diego Chargers
1988-89: Public Relations, Washington Football Team