Why it's OK to fire an NFL general manager in July – ESPN (blog)

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Kevin SeifertNFL Nation

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There is a reason most NFL teams go shopping for general managers in January, and it’s not simply a case of Doing Things the Way They’ve Always Been Done.

The “busy season” for an NFL general manager ranges from February through June, the time of year when rosters are built via free agency and the draft. It’s also the period when many scouting contracts expire, allowing the new hire to tweak, add and subtract as necessary before the start of training camp. When summer practice begins, most general managers slip into the background and begin the less visible work of managing college scouting in preparation for the following spring’s draft.

So when a team steps outside this structure, as the Carolina Panthers did Monday in firing Dave Gettleman, it minimizes any short-term impact the move might otherwise bring. Gettleman’s successor can’t have much impact on the Panthers’ 2017 fortunes. Neither will Brett Veach, whom the Kansas City Chiefs elevated earlier this month to replace the fired John Dorsey. These moves must be considered with an extra-long-range lens in mind.

Carolina fired general manager Dave Gettleman on Monday. Here’s more from ESPN:

Ex-Panthers elated at news on Twitter
Potential candidates to replace Gettleman
Seifert: Why it’s OK to fire a GM in July
Newton: What was Gettleman’s undoing?

At best, the new general managers in Kansas City and Carolina will get a six-month head start on next offseason. They’ll also have more time to develop a long-range plan for the franchise than if they were hired in January. But in both cases, the front-office work for the 2017 season is all

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