Plenty of General Managers could be in jeopardy, too


With all the focus on head coaches whose hot seats could soon convert to a full-blown conflagration, it’s easy to forget that a fairly large number of General Managers could be getting the boot, too.

Here’s a look at the G.M.’s who are likely to go, those who are on the bubble, and those who are safe despite plenty of turmoil in their teams.

On the endangered species list are Browns G.M. Tom Heckert, Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith, Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith, and Cardinals G.M. Rod Graves.  (Already fired was Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney.)

The bubble boys include Bills G.M. Buddy Nix, Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli.  Tannenbaum may be less than on the bubble, but it’s believed he wouldn’t be fired but reassigned, if/when a change is made.  Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew arguably is on the bubble as to whether, well, he’s on the bubble.

General Managers who are believed to be safe despite the turmoil in their current franchises include Titans G.M. Ruston Webster and Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman, who received a multi-year extension in June.

33 responses to “Plenty of General Managers could be in jeopardy, too

  1. How Howie Roseman even has a GM job is amazing!!! 2011 draft – Danny Watkins, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Curtis Marsh, and Casey Matthews…..Come on Son!!

  2. Another losing season, another year out of the playoffs, and another year of looking for hope for playmakers????

    Yeah, let’s add Jeff Ireland to that list

  3. If Graves isn’t fired in Arizona ill give up on the Cardinals. Wiz should stay but graves needs to go. No coach in the league could get these guys to win with their quarterbacks. Lets not forget this year Kolb was 4-1 before he went down

  4. Ireland must have some interesting photos of Ross. 4 straight losing seasons & he keeps his job? Must be nice.

  5. Those of you mentioning Jeff Ireland are either media sheep or Dolphin fans that have no understanding of reality.

    Jeff Ireland has only had two years in charge, and he’s done an excellent job of cleaning up Parcell’s garbage. His two drafts have produced excellent results and re-signing Paul Soliai and trading for Reggie Bush were genius moves.

    Also, not signing/trading for Matt Flynn, Kyle Orton, Alex Smith and all the QBs the uninformed pined for and now forget that they did was brilliant.

    Keep Ireland he’s green, like money.

  6. @ Pantsfree: the Dolphins just lost to the Pats 28-0. ZERO!!!! We are no where close to competing against the best teams in the league! Even if you’re right that he has been in control for just 2 years, plenty of teams have turned things around in 2 years & become playoff teams.
    By the way, Solia wasn’t his draft pick, Bush didn’t even rush for 1000 yards this year & wouldn’t be a starting running back for most teams. Also, name me a draft pick of his that has made the pro bowl this year.

  7. Agreed. Ireland should be on the list, and for some reason thought he was getting a steal in Tannehill (sp). Why not draft Seattle’s guy? In the THIRD ROUND! And he has not done an excellent job. We didn’t compete today, or offense was/is devoid of skill players. Ireland too worried about character. FIND talent. He needs to go.

  8. My Giants missed the playoffs despite being a top 3 NFC team & probably better than any team the AFC has – AFC is garbage this year – therefore I can’t wait for the next few weeks with all the coaching changes. I don’t get joy out of someone losing their job – although I don’t feel as bad for a coach or GM who has made millions of dollars while employed – but I find this Black Monday & the subsequent searches to be very interesting. I still have my Irish to root for next week as well. However, after that game all I have left is coach/GM firings & hirings, and the countdown to pitchers & catchers reporting for Spring Training in Port St. Lucie (Mets Pitchers & Catchers report in 43 days – January 11).

  9. yeah, Jerry Jones should be fired, because his team is so bad and his draft picks are awful.

    these are the same idiots who were throwing Dez Bryant under the bus for being an overrated bum and he’s carrying the team on his back. He and Romo pretty much got no credit but the talking head morons will be ready to pile it on if they lose against the Skins.

  10. Howie Roseman should be put in the same car with Andy and Marty and told to never come back….the hiring of Washburn/Mudd and the onslought of FA signings coupled with the drafting of Danny Watkins in the 1st round should spell his doom….

  11. Pantsfree really has it all figured out. I mean if you eliminate the fact he traded a WR that just once again made the pro bowl and then eliminate the fact that both Alex Smith and Matt Flynn turned them down he is spot on.

  12. Ireland didn’t draft Wake but he did bring him down from the CFL. The Phins had a fairly successful season despite fair weather fans and critics claiming the Phins would be lucky to win 3 games this season. Now the Phins have 5 selections in the first 3 rounds and over 50 million under the cap thank to Ireland. Next season will be Ireland’s make or break year.

  13. The joke of it all is that Tom Modrak was run out of town in Philly after going 11 and 5. And a joke like Howie Roseman gets a pass. Scott pioli in KC has whiffed on 3 head coaches and still has a job. Judge people on their performance not how they suck up to the owner. Tannanbaum and Rex Ryan should be let go. Jacksonville needs to clean house also.

  14. Ireland looks like a freaking GENIUS compared to Gene Smith. With a roster of 5 pro-bowlers on a 2-14 team, we’ll take Pioli in Jacksonville. Hell, at least SOMEONE would wear teal, black, and gold after December….

  15. A few weeks ago, I posted on here in regards to a certain Thurman Thomas tweet. Since then, I put on my journalistic cap, dug a little, and I’ve got some huge news for Bills fans regarding my “change in ownership” hypothesis.

    Search “spinitreacts” for more info. This could be one of the biggest things to happen in Buffalo sports history. The article will be under the “popular this week” section of the blog.

  16. I expect Tom Heckert to scooped up quickly as his only sin was finding himself working under Joe Banner in the change in ownership when Jimmy Haslam bought controlling interest of the Browns.

    Joe Banner’s rumored choice to replace Heckert is Mike Lombardi, from NFL network.

    Holmgren and Heckert only got 3 years into their 5 year plan to rebuild the Browns roster via the draft, which they started in 2010.

    Heaven help our Browns as Jimmy Haslam adds his name to the list of Browns owners who never finish anything….

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