Marty Hurney is no longer the general manager of the Carolina Panthers, a team that started the season with plenty of promise but fell to 1-5 with a 19-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Owner Jerry Richardson announced the firing of Hurney on Monday.
"This was an extremely difficult decision," Richardson said in a team statement. "Marty made every effort to bring success to the Panthers and took the team to a Super Bowl.... Unfortunately, we have not enjoyed the success we hoped for in recent years. I have the greatest respect and admiration for Marty and will always appreciate the way he tirelessly served the organization."
A former sports journalist, Hurney started with the Panthers as salary cap manager in 1998 and was promoted to general manager in 2002. Before the 2003 season he signed free-agent quarterback Jake Delhomme, who helped Carolina compile an 11-5 record and advance to the Super Bowl that season.
The Panthers have had some up and down years since then. They haven't had a winning season since 2008, but appeared to be on the upswing after last year's 6-10 effort that included some spectacular performances from then-rookie quarterback Cam Newton, whose 17 interceptions were overshadowed by his 35 touchdowns (21 passing, 14 rushing).