Carolina won the NFC South and made the playoffs each of his first three seasons, culminating with a trip to Super Bowl 50 in February, 2016.
The collective reaction around the National Football League to Monday's announcement from the Carolina Panthers that they have fired General Manager Dave Gentleman can be summed up in a word: Whoa.
"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.
Gettleman is the second general manager to be fired this summer, which is unusual.
The Panthers missed the playoffs last season with a 6-10 record, a year after going 15-1 and reaching Super Bowl L where they ultimately fell, 24-10, to the Denver Broncos.
A source told the Observer that the firing of Gettleman caught members of the staff by surprise, although a veteran player told the Observer that it was "not a shock". "While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed".
His free agent work in Carolina was poor, and there were rumors swirling this offseason that team captain Greg Olsen would hold out for a new contract.
Brandon Beane, the Panthers' former assistant general manager, was hired by the Buffalo Bills to fill their GM vacancy in June.