Why would anyone want to be a G.M.?

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During his recent visit to PFT Live, Dolphins coach Adam Gase explained that, early in his NFL career, his work focused on the personnel side of the business. He eventually gravitated to coaching, and he clearly made the right choice. For a multiple reasons.

First, Gase became a head coach at 38 and, based on his first year on the job, he’s here to stay. Second, something weird is happening with NFL General Managers.

It’s one thing for General Managers of struggling teams, like Doug Whaley of the Bills, to lose their jobs. It’s another for General Managers of playoff teams to be dumped.

Both Dave Gettleman, formerly of the Panthers, and John Dorsey, formerly of the Chiefs, saw their teams go to the playoffs three times in four years. (Less than 18 months ago, Gettleman’s team played in a Super Bowl.) Now, both are gone.

While there will never be a shortage of willing candidates for General Manager jobs, the industry has entered bizarre territory, with teams apparently thinking that thy can find a replacement quickly and easily — even if a change is made in June or July.

The full Gase podcast, by the way, can be downloaded at Apple Podcasts, audioBoom, and wherever else podcasts can be obtained.

8 responses to “Why would anyone want to be a G.M.?

  1. The way I see it, a guy can try to work his way up from assistant to head coach to GM. If you strictly only go for one side or the other, you lose out on potential jobs (money) from the other side. Same reason why I would also work on becoming a TV personality. The more skills you have the more jobs you could do.

    I personally think it would be sweet to be a GM. Heck its half the fun of fantasy football…

  2. Dorsey did not do much, really. Pioli left him with some nice pieces a few years back that they still have now.

    As for Gettleman, he had it going in the right direction and Richardson is one of those greedy, delusional owners who is more concerned about the fans lack of understand of the salary cap and the image he needs to project for the fans to not lose confidence.

    Very fickle, front running fans in Charlotte.

    Not a good sports town at all. He needs sell outs to make money and their fans probably are still confused why Norman was dealt, even if a great move by Gettleman.

  3. I would say it depends on the team. But having a public job like GM is not for me. I would rather scout at the lower rungs of the organization than run it.

  4. Everyone wants to be a GM. Why do you think so many people play Fantasy Football? But in the NFL, look who’s doing the hiring. Look who’s conducting the interviews. It’s guys like Jed York, and Daniel Snyder. Think about some of the owners. Woody Johnson. The Dolphins owner. The Eagles owner. These guys are the ones who are making the hiring decisions. What criteria are they using? What do they know about football? So a lot of the times, they don’t pick a competent GM. They pick the guy who is the best B.S. guy. Some owners have know idea about what it takes to put together a winning team, and some owners don’t care (Jed York). They’re just in it for the money. It’s a family business that they were born into. Look around the league at all the owners’ kids that are taking over. These kids never held a job before.

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