General Managers in demand
With at least six teams possibly looking for new GMs, these names should be on every owner's list.
Behind every championship franchise is a savvy general manager, looking under every rock for talent, figuring out how to balance the roster and supply talent to fit the schemes of its coaching staff. The importance of the position should not be overlooked. The Giants never got far in the playoffs until George Young reconstructed the organization and put the pieces in place that led them to two Super Bowl championships in five years. Before Ron Wolf was hired in Green Bay, the last time the Packers had been to the Super Bowl was in the days of Vince Lombardi. Wolf rebuilt the franchise, hiring one of the finest coaching staffs ever assembled and securing the talent to field two consecutive Super Bowl teams and restore pride to Lambeau Field.
For every hot coaching prospect, there are qualified talent evaluators who could be more important to winning championships. General managers inspire and set the tone not just for the team, but for the entire franchise as well, and where great GMs are concerned, they often serve as a vital sounding board and valuable mentor for head coaches.
At least six teams could have new general managers in the very near future, including Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Baltimore, Minnesota and both New York teams.