CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marty Hurney admits the "losing environment" for the Panthers must end. He won't be part of the effort.
Hurney was fired as general manager Monday, one day after quarterback Cam Newton expressed frustration with a 1-5 start. The Panthers have the worst record in the NFC. A 19-14 loss to Dallas was Carolina's fourth straight defeat.
Hurney, GM since 2002, took responsibility for the failures. He spoke to owner Jerry Richardson before Sunday's game and had an inkling he might be fired if the Panthers lost. He met with Richardson for two hours after the game and was fired Monday.
"It's simple. We're 1-5. We are 1-3 at home," Hurney said. "We laid in egg in front of the Giants on national TV (a 36-7 loss) and came back the last two weeks and lost against teams we felt like we had a good chance to beat. It can't continue to go this way."
Hurney said he fought for his job but in the end couldn't blame Richardson. The team needs more leadership, he said, "somebody to step up in the locker room … and say enough is enough."
Defensive end Charles Johnson, the team's highest-paid player, said on Twitter: "Marty wasn't the reason we are losing! … Unbelievable!"
Director of football operations Brandon Beane will handle day-to-day matters for now.
more panthers: Cornerback Chris Gamble, the team's all-time interceptions leader, was put on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He will need surgery, coach Ron Rivera said.
chargers deny stickum: No player used Stickum in an Oct. 15 loss to the Broncos or in any other game, coach Norv Turner said. The NFL is investigating whether they did. … Nate Kaeding, the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history (180-of-207, 87 percent), was put on injured reserve with a groin injury, and the Chargers plan to release him when he's healthy.
Chiefs: Brady Quinn will take over as starting quarterback and Matt Cassel will be the backup beginning Sunday against the Raiders. "I think that will get everyone's attention," coach Romeo Crennel said of his 1-5 team. Quinn started for the first time since 2009 in the Chiefs' loss to the Bucs two weeks ago because Cassel sustained a concussion the previous week against Baltimore. Kansas City had last week off. Against the Bucs, Quinn was 22-of-38 for 180 yards, two interceptions and a touchdown in a 38-10 loss. Crennel said he expects Quinn to get better. Quinn said he was excited about starting. Cassel said he was frustrated but "I'm a big boy. I'm not going to hang my head."
falcons: Defensive tackle Corey Peters, a starter the past two seasons, practiced for the first time this season after being on reserve injured with a foot stress fracture. He is eligible to play Sunday at Philadelphia.
giants: Coach Tom Coughlin said he talked to Ahmad Bradshaw about the running back's outbursts during Sunday's 27-23 win over Washington. Bradshaw slapped Victor Cruz in the back of the helmet after the receiver missed a block on a third-quarter run and screamed at Coughlin minutes later to run the ball more. Coughlin didn't give specifics of their conversation.
jaguars: Team rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew will miss Sunday's game at Green Bay, and maybe more games, because of a foot injury sustained Sunday against Oakland. Rashad Jennings will start in his place.
packers: Safety Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will be out about six weeks.
saints: Interim coach Joe Vitt rejoined the team after ending his six-game bounty-case suspension with Sunday's game against the Bucs.