Skip to content

PFT’s 2013 executive of the year

Keim Getty Images

The last of the postseason awards is a category that the official Associated Press voting doesn’t include.

Which makes us wonder about the wisdom of their executives.  Which was the only way we could transition to the topic at hand:  the NFL’s executive of the year.

Even more subjective and harder to quantify than coach of the year, the executive of the year combines short-term success with laying the foundation for long-term prosperity.

Based on the regular season — and the regular season only — this year’s winner is Cardinals G.M. Steve Keim.

In his first year of running the show, the former N.C. State offensive lineman expertly blended the desire to win now with the importance of building for the future.  The acquisition of quarterback Carson Palmer helped make the team a postseason contender, and late offseason moves for tackle Eric Winston and pass rusher John Abraham gave the team enhanced veteran leadership and an affordable infusion of talent.

Keim also got the steal of the 2013 draft by landing Tyrann Mathieu in round three.  (Running back Andre Ellington in the sixth round wasn’t bad, either.)

With the 49ers and Seahawks ruling the division (and the conference for that matter), the Cardinals will have a hard time keeping up.  Keim has done his part to at least keep them within striking distance for 2014 and beyond.

Other finalists for the prize were Seahawks G.M. John Schneider, Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey, 49ers G.M. Trent Baalke, Broncos executive V.P. of football operations John Elway, and Chargers G.M. Tom Telesco.

Cast your own ballot below.  Argue it out in the comments.

Permalink 88 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Features, Kansas City Chiefs, Rumor Mill, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Top Stories
88 Responses to “PFT’s 2013 executive of the year”
  1. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Jan 14, 2014 9:29 AM

    I nominate Bill Tobin of the Cincy Bengals…A behind the scenes guy who has helped tremendously in creating a deep roster with the Bengals…Its not all Lewis and Mike Brown…LOL Gruden, Zimmer, Hue and others sends the reports and Tobin helps put it all together for Brown and Lewis… Tobin is a name to look at.

  2. steelerfanjo says: Jan 14, 2014 9:30 AM

    Should be Roger Goodell, his reluctance to suspend Aldon Smith for whatever reason goes thru his unfair brain allowed the Whiners to advance. He allows certain crimes to go unpunished, while he suspends players where no arrests were made. He has ruined the game of football as we know it. Look the final 4. Patriots are cheaters who the rules are always changed to help. The Broncos have how many arrests or suspensions this year? The Seahawks are team Adderall. SF – is a joke with Aldon Smith playing. Worst final 4 ever and we can thank the Rog!

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Jan 14, 2014 9:32 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Mortician.

  4. pr0phat69 says: Jan 14, 2014 9:34 AM

    John Schneider, should have won it last year when he drafted the finalists for both DROY and OROY

  5. 1uniquename says: Jan 14, 2014 9:35 AM

    Seahawks guy should win it. If Percy stayed healthy that team would’ve been crazy scaring during the regular season.

  6. calhounlambeau says: Jan 14, 2014 9:38 AM

    Yeah, that makes sense. Pick the executive who has his team dominating in almost all areas or pick the guy who added Carson Palmer and some veterans nobody else wanted. Right.

  7. All-American Voltron says: Jan 14, 2014 9:38 AM

    Free agency is a risk and high use of FA doesn’t seem to be popular amongst older media and a large group of fans, yet the Seahawks added key pieces and all seem to have paid off.

    the biggest risk, Percy Harvin, is starting to pay off, and if he makes the Super Bowl and becomes a key part of a SB victory (which he is pretty likely) than Schneider deserves all the credit in the world for taking these risks.

  8. jxt2521 says: Jan 14, 2014 9:42 AM

    steelerfanjo says: Jan 14, 2014 9:30 AM

    Should be Roger Goodell, his reluctance to suspend Aldon Smith for whatever reason goes thru his unfair brain allowed the Whiners to advance. He allows certain crimes to go unpunished, while he suspends players where no arrests were made. He has ruined the game of football as we know it. Look the final 4. Patriots are cheaters who the rules are always changed to help. The Broncos have how many arrests or suspensions this year? The Seahawks are team Adderall. SF – is a joke with Aldon Smith playing. Worst final 4 ever and we can thank the Rog!

    A steeler fan complaining about cheating.!?!?!?!
    hahahahahahahahhahahahahahah hahahahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahahhhahahahahaha
    hahahahahahahhahaha

  9. littlestinger says: Jan 14, 2014 9:46 AM

    Can we all agree the award for the worst executive goes to the three stooges?

  10. 6ball says: Jan 14, 2014 9:47 AM

    .

    Bill Belichick has his team playing in the AFC championship game with 18 first year players, including a brand new receiving corp.

    .

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 14, 2014 9:47 AM

    I picked John Schneider. He’s the only GM in the league that I think shouldn’t be fired, I mean seriously. Yeah I know everybody thinks these people are all great, well I don’t, Schneider came closest to being a GM that I liked, even though I thought he could have done better too. And also I enjoyed seeing ex-Lion Cliff Avril have success in the playoffs.

  12. dtownsportslions says: Jan 14, 2014 9:50 AM

    What about Howie Roseman from Philly?

  13. vikingapologist says: Jan 14, 2014 9:53 AM

    Ted Thompson for Green Bay!!! He always drafts guys that are fierce competitors , with soft sides, so they can support their Gay QB!! Especially now that he broke up with his BF

  14. Ryan says: Jan 14, 2014 9:54 AM

    How is Dave Gettleman not available to vote for? His draft picks and work on getting the salary under control should have been enough for him to get consideration.

  15. slowclyde86 says: Jan 14, 2014 9:59 AM

    How is Joe Banner not on this list. It’s an outrage, I tell you. An outrage!

  16. tangledupinblue12 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:00 AM

    In two years on the job, Phil Emery has hired Marc Trestman (who took the Bears offense from the bottom 5 of the league to the top 10 in one season), and drafted, signed or traded for Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Kyle Long, Jermon Bushrod, Martellus Bennett, Matt Slauson, and Jordan Mills.

    If that doesn’t at least get him in your list of finalists, I think you need to go back and have another discussion or two.

  17. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 14, 2014 10:01 AM

    Kevin Colbert needs to be on this list.

  18. keltictim says: Jan 14, 2014 10:02 AM

    Steelerfanjo you are perhaps the only person saying this is the worst final four ever. For once we have the four best teams I would say Bill Belichick. No other executive had as many starters go down to injury as Bill and the foundation he laid out provided an amazing amount of depth to still win now. These back up players that have filled in will be the starters of the future. Based on your criteria of laying a foundation on top of winning now I don’t see how Bill cannot be the top choice. The cardinals guy did a good job but you cannot deny the depth that Bill put together providing a foundation and winning now.

  19. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 14, 2014 10:05 AM

    The Steelers get robbed again.

  20. williammcginnis says: Jan 14, 2014 10:05 AM

    Howie Roseman should be on this list without a doubt. His last two drafts and FA batting average metric helped turn the Eagles a complete 360.

  21. Pat says: Jan 14, 2014 10:08 AM

    Keenan Allen was the steal of the draft.

  22. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 14, 2014 10:09 AM

    Not sure how John Dorsey gets on the list for this year. Yes, he brought in the talented players on the roster, but that same roster did squat last year. His 1st overall pick didn’t do much this year either. Andy Reid deserves the credit for the KC turnaround.

  23. Pat says: Jan 14, 2014 10:09 AM

    Mathieu let up like 8 TDs to TEs in his first 10 games. QBs picked on him, despite the media narrative.

  24. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 14, 2014 10:09 AM

    Trent Baalke should have gotten more than 15 percent. He made the tough choice of letting several of the bigger team Free Agents walk(Goldson, Sopoaga, Walker, ect) and replaced them with younger talent with little dropoff(Reid in place of Goldson) or got a replacement that ended up being an upgrade(Dorsey in place of Sopoaga). He got 2 2nd rounders for Alex Smith, drafted the future at DL(Carradine) and the possible future at RB(Lattimore). Granted both pretty much red shirted but better to not rush them when the team is already deep.

    He also managed to add a lot to the roster in the draft while at the same time setting up this year’s draft with 11 picks total(possibly 12 if you facter the comp pick likely to be recieved for Goldson). That gives so much flexibility to trade up for a better player in rounds 1/2 but also the room to trade down for future picks.

    Baalke has had to make a lot of tough decisions and for the most part they paid off.

  25. robisindy says: Jan 14, 2014 10:10 AM

    Why aren’t Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi up there?! They really turned some heads with their performance over the past year!

    I know all of us Browns fans are really blown away by how they’ve outsmarted everyone in the league and found their own way to do things. I mean, just think about the innovations they came up with:

    - A power running game that employs a 225-pound 3rd-down tailback as the lead-blocking fullback

    - Trading for and rewarding with a new contract a WR who went on to lead the league in drops and miss the end of the season for personal reasons

    - Avoid negotiating with your Pro Bowl center, the second-best offensive lineman on the team, before he hits free agency; then watch him make the All-Pro team and drive his price up

    - Ditto with the second-best player in your secondary, T.J. Ward

    - Trade away multiple picks in the 2013 draft for picks in the 2014 draft; trade away your former 1st-round running back after two games and replace him with a washed-up 32 year old back coming off of a major knee injury, who you’ll then stick with until his wheels completely fall off before making any move to bolster your anemic rushing attack; collect blocking tight ends like they’re baseball cards; sign a player off of another team’s practice squad when he has a torn ligament, requiring a roster spot to be wasted on him for three weeks in the middle of the season

    - Then fire your first-year head coach for not winning after all of the brilliant moves listed above

    Consider this my write-in vote!

  26. seaeagle707 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:10 AM

    Considering the disaster that was the Cardinals last season, and the scary team that showed up at the Clink this year, I’d say Mr Keim and Mr Arians have done some remarkable work. My personal choice would be John Schneider, but hey, that’s homer prejudice. But if not him, then Keim would be a good choice.

  27. JP says: Jan 14, 2014 10:10 AM

    Elway’s free agent acquisitions are all contributing starters to the #1 team in the AFC – All Pro Guard Louis Vasquez, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Wes Welker, Terrance Knighton. He deserved the award last year for the turnaround, and deserves it again this year for strengthening an already strong team.

  28. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 14, 2014 10:11 AM

    Definitely not Ryan Grigson again after he traded for Richardson. He actually deserves to have last year’s award revoked after that awful trade.

  29. bostonian13 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:13 AM

    All bias aside, how is Elway mentioned in your article but Belichick isn’t? Jammer, overrated. Rodgers-Cromartie, inconsistent. Welker, is Welker. Belichick has gotten his team with new players across the board, having the second youngest team in the nfl in the conference championship, and for bringing in Blount for absolutely nothing and seeing him for the beast he is. I would also throw in the exec from Philly.

  30. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 14, 2014 10:15 AM

    6ball says: Jan 14, 2014 9:47 AM

    .

    Bill Belichick has his team playing in the AFC championship game with 18 first year players, including a brand new receiving corp.
    ____________________________

    The Pats have 15 rookies on their roster. 3 of them will start on Sunday. Still great drafting, but let’s not exaggerate.

  31. kuranda84 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:16 AM

    Should be Schneider or Baalke. Those two guys have put together a couple teams that are true powerhouses w/ slim to no weaknesses. What did Elway do? Sign Manning. Yea that was huge, but he hasn’t built a roster like these other two guys.

  32. bigwalt2990 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:18 AM

    Bottom line, if the Cardinals didn’t win as much as they did, if the calls didn’t go their way, if they were one play short….. We wouldn’t be having this conversation. Winning is all that matters, period. So let’s not act like this guy is the best in the NFL. He got lucky this year.

  33. theauger says: Jan 14, 2014 10:20 AM

    This should be Steve Keim’s award.

    The turnover of the roster from 2012 to 2013 has been substantial. First off, he brought in Arian when no one else would give him an HC job. Then he traded for Palmer and signed Dansby, Abraham, Winston, Powers & a slew of others. He also drafted the Honey Badger in the 3rd round & Ellington in the 6th round.

    All this led to a big turnaround in a short period. Had Arizona been in any other division than the NFCBest, they make the playoffs.

  34. jimmyt says: Jan 14, 2014 10:21 AM

    So Pats fans think BB should win every award? Not just HC but all of them. Strange lot up there in the Boston area and I don’t mean just those in Southie.

  35. mcmccii says: Jan 14, 2014 10:21 AM

    Mickey Loomis.
    Saints went from 7-9 to the divisional round of the playoffs.

  36. tebow420 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:24 AM

    Jerry Jones, its all about the entertainment, don’t you guys realize this is pro wrestling, it’s fake and scripted.

  37. brohamma says: Jan 14, 2014 10:24 AM

    New England goes to the AFC Championship game having essentially started their first FIVE draft picks from 2013, an undrafted free agent rookie receiver Thompkins, and on the legs of LeGarrett Blount who they got for trading a 7th round pick and Jeff Demps (Mr. Track and done in the NFL) and Belichick/Caserio are not in the list?

    I understand people love to hate the Patriots, but you have to give credit where credit is due.

  38. keltictim says: Jan 14, 2014 10:24 AM

    How exactly did the steelers get robbed? Regular season record was part of the criteria and the steelers were beyond lacking in that dept. plus the fact that they have no foundation for the future. So in other words EPIC FAIL.

  39. wkdblc52 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:28 AM

    Schneider all the way, best talent evaluator in the NFL, Elway wouldn’t be nothing without his QB this year, just like his playing days when he always got more credit than he deserved. Montana, Simms, and Williams showed him. If not for Shanahan, Elway wouldn’t have those two rings he’s got…

  40. gochargersgo says: Jan 14, 2014 10:29 AM

    No AJ Smith?

  41. truninerfan49 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:30 AM

    Trent Baalke deserves the award for getting Boldin for a 6th round pick.

  42. jbaxt says: Jan 14, 2014 10:30 AM

    What a joke! AZ didn’t make the playoffs. KC went from 2-14 to 11-5. Picked up Veterans in Alex Smith (who every team would take over Palmer), Divito, and Avery, guys that did just as much, if not more than those AZ guys. A requirement for top performer should at the very least be in the playoffs. Get real!

  43. r8rsfan says: Jan 14, 2014 10:32 AM

    Reggie McKenzie ain’t winnin it.

  44. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jan 14, 2014 10:40 AM

    Jerry Jones??
    Daniel Snyder??

  45. newjerseygiants says: Jan 14, 2014 10:45 AM

    John Idzik didn’t win? I demand a recount!

  46. mrnasty1984 says: Jan 14, 2014 10:47 AM

    WAIT… Where is Jerry Jones? Hahahahahaha. God, I love being a Cowboys fan.

  47. oaktown49er says: Jan 14, 2014 10:48 AM

    @dirtyjersey9er …you forgot the Anquan Boldin trade, although maybe Ozzie Newsome gets some credit for that

  48. thraiderskin says: Jan 14, 2014 10:53 AM

    Keim… first year and several brilliant moves. I dont know how Elway is even an honorable mention, with all the DUI turmoil and how Manning makes everything easier. I have nothing against Schneider winning this award though.

  49. chargerdillon says: Jan 14, 2014 10:54 AM

    Why not Tom Telesco?

    Brought in a new coach who made the playoffs in one of the toughest divisions in football.

    Brought in: King Dunlap (starter), Danny Woodhead (starter)

    Drafted: DJ Fluker (GREAT starting tackle), Keenan Allen (potential Roty), Manti Teo (potential to be great)

    In one year Tom Telesco filled the pieces in place to put this team back in the playoffs and in one draft grabbed 3 future stars for the Chargers.

    Hard to believe under any circumstances Tom Telesco didn’t get this nod.

  50. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 14, 2014 10:57 AM

    kuranda84 says:
    Jan 14, 2014 10:16 AM

    Should be Schneider or Baalke. Those two guys have put together a couple teams that are true powerhouses w/ slim to no weaknesses. What did Elway do? Sign Manning. Yea that was huge, but he hasn’t built a roster like these other two guys.
    *********
    Especially when Manning stated he was not going to sign with any team in the NFC. Manning’s AFC choices were very limited.

    Plus how tough of a sell was it for Elway….sign Manning for whatever he wants, or keep Tebow.

  51. keltictim says: Jan 14, 2014 11:05 AM

    A lot of you are missing the point, this isn’t the comeback team of the year award. Just because a executive turned a team from did to stud in one year says nothing about what will happen in year two. He could have sacrificed a load of cap space to do it, or lose a bunch if FA next year due to the decisions he made this year. And the fact that Bill has done the GM duties as well as be the HC is just another reason why this award should be his. We are a strange lot in New England, but seriously if you take all bias out of your thinking Bill is the only choice for this award.

  52. granadafan says: Jan 14, 2014 11:14 AM

    Jerrah Jones is fightin’ mad that his GM is not on the list!

  53. trollaikman8 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:14 AM

    No Jerry Jones?
    No Stephen Jones?
    No Jerry Jones Jr.?

    I demand an explanation.

  54. scrapedogg says: Jan 14, 2014 11:21 AM

    Trent Baalke was the athletic director at my highschool in Fargo, ND. His wife was my math teacher. It is really quite amazing to see him in the runnings for top executive in the NFL 15 years later!

  55. steelerfanjo says: Jan 14, 2014 11:31 AM

    Bellacheat should be banned from the league. Aldon Smith should be banned from the league. Jim Harbaugh was on the filed half the game Sunday – where are all the same people who wanted Tomlin fined? Broncos & Seahawks have sore necks from looking the other way with all for their players indiscretions. 4 unlikeable teams and 2 of the worst coaches ever in Harwhiner & Bellacheat. Thrown in Carrol’sa college cheating and its quite a group to real proud of you know it alls.

  56. marima07 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:34 AM

    No love for Nick Caserio and Bill Belichick? Can’t ignore how solidly they’ve built this team for depth.

    And the moves to rob the Buccaneers of so-called bad seeds Aqib Talib & LeGarrette Blount were genius.

  57. tferr85 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:36 AM

    ELOLway.

    Yes he totally handled the Elvis Dumervile situation with class and efficiency

  58. coolherc says: Jan 14, 2014 11:41 AM

    No way Belichick should even garner consideration. Injuries aside, when he does it without a HoF QB, come talk to me. Great coach, but without Brady, that team is sub-.500 this season and a threat to no one…. we’d be seeing the Jets or Dolphins in the playoffs. If you’re going to give credit to the Patriots at least make sure you’re giving it to the right individual.

  59. klroot says: Jan 14, 2014 11:41 AM

    You mean to tell us that it’s really not Joe Banner, and Mike Lombardi ?

    Wuzza Browns fanatic

  60. goldrush36 says: Jan 14, 2014 11:41 AM

    Eric Reid as an example for little dropoff? I agree with everything you said dirtyjerseyniner except that. Reid was a clear upgrade in every positive way possible. The only thing he didn’t do as well or better was put on the flag drawing hits LOL.

  61. buddysguys says: Jan 14, 2014 11:46 AM

    Telesco is most deserving that team was doo doo in previous years, aging vets no direction terrible drafts. He was working with almost nothing other than Phil Rivers.

  62. sixaceduece says: Jan 14, 2014 12:00 PM

    John Elway?

    Didn’t he have to cut his 2nd best pass-rusher because he messed up the paper work?

  63. joshm5683 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:03 PM

    As a Niners fan I have to say I think the GM in Seattle or San Diego deserves it. SF made it to the Super Bowl last year and the only real change was drafting Eric Reid, which was great, and letting Goldson go. The Seattle GM brought in more pass rushers to build on what they had and they now are 1st in the conference. San Diego GM also took a non playoff team and got them to the divisional round, drafted some solid players and probably a future star in Keenan Allen. I don’t think John Elway should be on the list………the roster hasn’t changed a lot since last year, and bringing Peyton in was last year as well. He hasn’t done a ton this year to warrant being on this list, same as the SF GM

  64. bigtimebrownie says: Jan 14, 2014 12:11 PM

    Joe Banner – Cleveland Browns….fire everyone, blame everyone, lousy draft, number cruncher who thinks he’s a talent guru….first class organization…HA!

  65. isphet71 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:15 PM

    Warford in the third was a better pick than Matthieu in the third. If Martin Mayhew isn’t on the list it’s only because he didn’t fire Schwartz soon enough.

    Keim had a great year, and probably deserves to be up there if not THE guy.

  66. chuckihendrix9 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:20 PM

    Jerry Jones wants 30 of these awards given out, so he can just barely miss the list and get an Honorable Mention

  67. northstarsmitty says: Jan 14, 2014 12:20 PM

    Both the Broncos and Seahawks had their teams all in line prior to this season. So to nominate them seems a stretch. Dorsey also took over a very talented team that really only needed a new coaching staff to rejuvenate that team. Still, consideration is warranted. Steve Keim is lesser known candidate but this article should elevate his relevancy. I agree, the perception is there to back it up. I have been very impressed with AZ’s turn around this season and under the radar toughness all season. They have some real talent that should stick around for awhile. Keim and Telesco are the most deserving. Period. Teresco did wonders by FINALLY ridding themselves of Smith and Norv. Rivers revived his career, the run game flourished, they were competitive (lost several games by only 1 score or less) and Allen has emerged as a stud. They were my favorite team to watch this season, so different from their former miserable state of existence

  68. dualprime says: Jan 14, 2014 12:29 PM

    Omaha!

  69. brownsclown says: Jan 14, 2014 12:31 PM

    Surprised that Cleveland’s dynamic duo-Joe Bummer and Mike Dumbturdi-didn’t receive serious consideration!

  70. bert1913 says: Jan 14, 2014 12:33 PM

    Jerry wants a recount

  71. stoptrippn says: Jan 14, 2014 12:50 PM

    Baalke and Schnieder are punks of the year

  72. 64post says: Jan 14, 2014 1:22 PM

    Honorable Mention : Ozzie Newsome for giving Boldin to SF for a 6th rounder.

  73. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 14, 2014 1:50 PM

    If jeff Ireland isn’t named executive of the year in a revote, I’m gonna throw my moms meatloaf all over the basement walls.

  74. jkcranshaw says: Jan 14, 2014 2:10 PM

    Honorable Mention : Ozzie Newsome for giving Boldin to SF for a 6th rounder.

    ………………………………………………..

    Can’t forget the cap killing contract they signed their ‘elite’ QB to.

    The fact that BB has built a team in New England that has made the playoffs 11 out of the last 13 years, made the AFC Championship 8 of the last 13 years, and has been to the Super Bowl 5 out of 12 (winning 3) is nothing short of a football miracle in the Free Agency era. No team in the NFL has built the depth to withstand injuries over time like this organization has. Drafting is not the only indicator of success when it comes to GM’s… No GM in the same time frame has made the personnel moves BB has week after week, year after year so stay so successful over such a long period of time. He may not be executive of this season, but he should be recognized as the executive of the era.

  75. bolts0621 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:16 PM

    Hard to pick the Cardinals GZm with a 3rd place finish. Schneider/Hawks dominated because of their incredible depth – list entire O-line for 2 games…15 different O line- lineups, lost #1 Rcvr Rice, No Harvin and lost 2 Db’s for 5 games each

  76. thebirdofprey2 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:25 PM

    Last year John Schneider deserved it, that draft will go down as one of the all time best. They gave it to Colts because they picked Andrew Luck first overall when that was as gimme as picking Manning or Elway.

    This year its got to be Steve Keim. Dansby back, Honey Badger, that young talented HB, Palmer and we didn’t even get to see their first round pick in action.

  77. badmoonrison says: Jan 14, 2014 2:26 PM

    Its true, look at the evidence as many other posters here have listed. Each team in the final four is guilty of doing something to tarnish their name and legacy. Cheating, taking drugs & off the field brushes with the law. Maybe the fans of these teams wouldnt have to see so many people posting about your team’s lack of character had they not made these types of decisions. There’s a lot of people posting here who are sick and tired of these kinds of things going on in a league thats supposed to have integrity as Goodell claims. Can you blame them?

  78. eagler927 says: Jan 14, 2014 2:42 PM

    Hawks fans…this award is based on moves for THiS season so quit pushing for Schneider based on what he did in past years. What Keim had to do to makeover the Cardinals roster was far more difficult that what Schneider or Baalke faced this season. Those guys had already laid the foundation. Keim flipped more than 50% of the roster to make the Cardinals competitive.

    Look at the examples:
    -Arians; upgrade at Head Coach
    -Ellington, Mendenhall; upgrade at RB
    -Draft Cooper, sign Winston; upgrade OL
    -Acquire Abraham; upgrade pass rush
    -Acquire Dansby; upgrade LB
    -Draft Honey Badger; upgrade secondary

    The defense was #1 in the league against the run. And that’s playing in the NFC West! 10 wins including wins over Seattle, Carolina, and Indy.
    Well done Steve Keim!

    And to Chiefs fan complaining because Keim got the bod and his team didn’t make the playoffs. Are you trying to tell me the Chiefs make the playoffs if they played in the NFC West? Yeah right!!

  79. indywilson40 says: Jan 14, 2014 3:06 PM

    Did the Trent Richardson trade hurt Ryan Grigson’s chances?

  80. icebowler says: Jan 14, 2014 3:26 PM

    Another piece of evidence in Schneider’s favor, is how much Green Bay appears to miss him since he left to take the Seattle job.

  81. TheWizard says: Jan 14, 2014 3:27 PM

    Patriots GM Bill Belichick. Built the deepest team in the league this year.

  82. jgedgar70 says: Jan 14, 2014 4:00 PM

    No Dave Gettleman? You have got to be kidding.

    He got the job with the Panthers $17 million over the cap. He not only cleared that, but got it down low enough to sign Ted Ginn, who everyone outside of his blood relatives believed was completely finished. Gettleman then had to sign nearly a dozen players off the street to compensate for season-ending injuries to offensive linemen and defensive backs. He drafted the two best defensive tackles available, turning the Panthers defensive line from an also-ran to one of the best. He essentially swapped the always-injured Jon Beason for Chase Blackburn, who had injuries as well but provided more value becuase he was on the field more. All that resulted in 5 more wins and a playoff appearance.

    The only way he doesn’t win this award is if you rename it the Gettleman Award, making him ineligible, and you’re giving it to the second-best GM.

  83. contactkylesmith says: Jan 14, 2014 4:15 PM

    I think it’s crazy the nobody has mentioned the Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley.

    -He drafted a DROY candidate in the second round (Kiko Alonzo)…a pick that he acquired by trading down in the draft.
    -He traded Kelvin Sheppard (now a backup inside linebacker) for Jerry Hughes, who had 10 sacks (previously 4 total in his 3 year career).
    -He Signed Mike Pettine as Defensive Co-ordinator which completely revamped the Bills Defense.
    -He had several mid-late-undrafted picks like Marquise Goodwin, Robert Woods Nickell Robey that surpassed expectations.
    -He managed to sign big name FAs like Mario Williams and still has Buffalo >25mil under the cap.

    …there are several more, but working from an immediate disadvantage playing in a small market for a perrenial stinker, he has done a pretty darn good job.

  84. 2qswing says: Jan 14, 2014 5:08 PM

    No Joe Banner???

  85. dliwsrekoj says: Jan 14, 2014 10:14 PM

    A lot of retards posting today. Hey retards, what have the KC Chief’s have done? who have they beaten? What has Alex Smith accomplished? Because I’m pretty sure the Niners are doing much better without him.

    Steve Keim deserves to be the GM EXEC of the year. The reason?

    for the past 2 years the Cards finished at 5-11 under Whisenhunt and Rod Graves. They drafted pointless characters and even traded for stupid ones ( Kevin ” I am always hurt” Kolb.

    On his first year of Executive he drafts a stellar draft class which ultimately has fixed a lot of the Cardinals problems. Jonathan Cooper ( whom did go down to a season ending injury ) but also picked up Eric Winston via FA. Built a #1 RUN DEFENSE ( WHOM STOPPED THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN SEATTLE to UNDER 100YDS. ) Drafted the most amazing safety since Polamalu. Stacked a defense with veterans whom know how to read plays and execute them. Offensively added Carson Palmer to help with the QB issue, Last year they only managed to get less than 2,600 yards in passing. This year they had over 4,000+ in passing yards, Improved rushing yards by over 600+ Yards in the past 5 years. Now you tell me what GM actually did something worthy.
    Hiring of Bruce Arians.

    Let me also tell you this, the CARDS where PREDICTED to go 2-14, 3-13, and 4-12 THIS YEAR. They went 10-6 under Bruce Arians and Steve Keim. They beat the #1 team in ALL OF NFL AT they’re home with them being undefeated for 2 seasons. Which the Chiefs and Bengals could not DO all of last season.

  86. dliwsrekoj says: Jan 14, 2014 10:14 PM

    A lot of retards posting today. Hey retards, what have the KC Chief’s have done? who have they beaten? What has Alex Smith accomplished? Because I’m pretty sure the Niners are doing much better without him.

    Steve Keim deserves to be the GM EXEC of the year. The reason?

    for the past 2 years the Cards finished at 5-11 under Whisenhunt and Rod Graves. They drafted pointless characters and even traded for stupid ones ( Kevin ” I am always hurt” Kolb.

    On his first year of Executive he drafts a stellar draft class which ultimately has fixed a lot of the Cardinals problems. Jonathan Cooper ( whom did go down to a season ending injury ) but also picked up Eric Winston via FA. Built a #1 RUN DEFENSE ( WHOM STOPPED THE BEST RUNNING BACK IN SEATTLE to UNDER 100YDS. ) Drafted the most amazing safety since Polamalu. Stacked a defense with veterans whom know how to read plays and execute them. Offensively added Carson Palmer to help with the QB issue, Last year they only managed to get less than 2,600 yards in passing. This year they had over 4,000+ in passing yards, Improved rushing yards by over 600+ Yards in the past 5 years. Now you tell me what GM actually did something worthy.
    Hiring of Bruce Arians.

    Let me also tell you this, the CARDS where PREDICTED to go 2-14, 3-13, and 4-12 THIS YEAR. They went 10-6 under Bruce Arians and Steve Keim. They beat the #1 team in ALL OF NFL AT they’re home with them being undefeated for 2 seasons. Which the Chiefs and Bengals could not DO all of last season.

    He deserves it. And BA deserves COTY

  87. txnative61 says: Jan 15, 2014 2:36 AM

    Don’t understand why Kansas City’s and Carolina’s GM’s didn’t merit closer examination based on the turnarounds they made this year.

  88. briwas101 says: Jan 15, 2014 6:24 AM

    John Schneider WOULD HAVE WON if he didn’t trade for percy harvin.

    Schneider has done WONDERFUL things for the hawks, unfortunately for him:

    1. The percy harvin trade was the biggest trade he’s made
    2. The percy harvin contract is the biggest contract he’s given out.

    Schneider deserved it LAST YEAR, but this year he is guilty of making THE WORST MOVE IN THE NFL.

    Im sorry, but no matter how many positive moves a GM makes I just can’t see the executive of the year being the guy that made THE WORST MOVE OF THE YEAR.

    The hawks would be 17-0 if we had drafted Cordarelle Patterson and we would have all that money saved to give extensions to the players THAT HAVE ACTUALLY CONTRIBUTER TO THE TEAM.

    Its a shame that the biggest move of Schneider’s career is also the worst move of his career.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!