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Jerry Richardson will hire consultant to help find GM

Panthers will start process early to replace Marty Hurney Brad Biggs

Print This October 24, 2012, 09:50 AM EST

The Carolina Panthers will not be able to interview anyone currently working for another NFL team to fill their general manager opening that was created on Monday with the firing of Marty Hurney.

But owner Jerry Richardson isn’t waiting around to begin the process of searching for a replacement. The Panthers will hire an outside consultant to assist with the process, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. It’s not an uncommon practice.

According to the report, the consultant will examine the operation currently in place, attend practices and watch video of the Panthers, who are in the basement of the NFC South at 1-5. Basically, the outsider would get a complete look at the inner workings of the club.

The process will not put a replacement for Hurney in place quickly. But the Panthers should be well positioned to act quickly once the season ends. That will help if there are other teams, at that point, contemplating moves at the top of their organization.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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