What’s up guys! Big D here again and as always thank you for support. I want to make sure I give a shout out to my son Happy Birthday Colin.
Today we are going to discuss why I would never award a Head Coach with the power to make ALL decisions for my team. Just saying it out loud sounds like a bad idea. The Head Coach General Manager (GM) is dying and is also a huge mistake. If I were the owner of a football team, the idea of a Head Coach GM would simply just never be a topic of consideration.
Let’s rewind it first to a time when I actually did believe that this was a great idea. I mean, who knows better than the Head Coach about which players will fit best into the program? There are the ones physically on the field day in and day out with the other coaches and the players, right? Wouldn’t they be the most knowledgeable when considering who we can add or remove in order to better the team? The answer is…No. No, they are not.
Now I do believe that the coach and the GM need to be on the same page when evaluating the direction of the team while having clear communication about the needs, wants, likes, and dislikes. However, the coach (much like any other employee) cannot be fully effective if there are acquiring too many responsibilities. The coach cannot be effective if they are calling the plays, working the playbook, evaluating the current roster, keeping the roster in check, dealing with on and off the field issues with their players, evaluating available players such as the draft, possible trade values, free agents, etc. It is way too much for one person if you want them to be effective and successful. One cannot master all of that. Work and responsibilities need to be delegated. Here are some examples where the Head Coach GM has failed.
The most obvious case where the Head Coach GM has failed is with the Houston Texans organization and their trust with Bill O’Brien. The entire Texans organization went from showing true potential to unfortunately taking a nosedive in the shallow end in just 2 years while closing some of the worst trades that I have seen in years.
“The entire Texans organization went from showing true potential to unfortunately taking a nosedive in the shallow end in just 2 years while closing some of the worst trades that I have seen in years.”
O’Brien traded away the most talented wide receiver in the league (DeAndre Hopkins) for a second-round pick (Ross Blacklock) and fourth-round pick(TBD). The worst part is that I don’t even think that was his worst trade. The other brilliant trade that he closed was trading away Defensive End Jadeavon Clowney and then traded for Offensive Tackle Laremy Tunsil. O’Brien was and is the death of this franchise and is the leading factor as to why J.J Watt and Deshaun Watson both want out immediately. Such a shame and due to this idea of Head Coach GM, this team will not be competitive for another 7 years at minimum.
Yes, I hate the Seahawks BUT I am not being a hater when throw them into this category. The Seattle Seahawks are a very good team as well as the best team in the NFC West. You know what would make this team THAT much better? Reducing the power and responsibilities of current head coach Pete Carroll. This college “RARA” attitude works with the young players but eventually it gets old and the now veteran players want nothing to do with it. The low hanging fruit is the Russell Wilson drama.
“This college “RARA” attitude works with the young players but eventually it gets old and the now veteran players want nothing to do with it.”
Another example of a team that allows the coach to “suggest or want” certain players. This just does not work in the long term. Was Jamal Adams worth what they gave up? Two 1st round picks, Bradley McDougal, and a 3rd round pick? The 2012 draft was the last good draft for the Seahawks as they picked up super bowl winning QB Russell Wilson, OL Bruce Irvin, & LB Bobby Wagner. Carroll has only drafted 6 good players in his 10 years with the organization which further supports my stand on the outdated ideology of a Head Coach GM. The last 3 first-round draft picks all misses and drafted way higher than projected. LB Jordyn Brooks, DE L.J Collier and maybe the worst of his career RB Rashad Penny.
New England Patriots
I can already feel the disagreement from the readers after just seeing the name New England Patriots in this article but that is fine. Let’s argue. I’m all ears.
I know, I know, “Bill Belichick is the best…” blah blah blah. Yes, there is no argument about Bill Belichick being a fantastic coach, hands down. However, Bill Belichick also needs to give up some power. Now I know that this is most likely never going to happen as he is well established to say the least but until Bill is relinquished of some of his power, the Patriots will not find themselves in the successful lane of the old Patriots nor will they find themselves in the playoffs which is crazy to even think about. Playoff Patriots were a thing of expectation similar to the New York Yankees and playoff baseball…but not anymore.
“…until Bill is relinquished of some of his power, the Patriots will not find themselves in the successful lane of the old Patriots nor will they find themselves in the playoffs…”
Belichick has had the worst drafts of possibly any other team in the league they have the worst roster in the NFL, there is no depth and very few quality start. Why do you think future Hall of Famer, 6x Superbowl Champion, 4x Superbowl MVP, 3x NFL MVP, 2x NFL Offensive POTY (okay you get the point. Unreal.) Tom Brady left? Here are some of the last few first round picks of the New England Patriots:
· Offensive Tackle – Isaiah Wynn.
· Running Back – Sony Michel
· Wide Receiver – N’Keal Harry
First and second round picks are supposed to be starters in the league. Go take a look at the last 5 drafts for the New England Patriots and tell me a name of a player that you want on your team. You will be lucky if you find one. I’ll wait.
Going forward in the NFL, the teams that will be most successful will be the teams that separate the roles and responsibilities of a General Manager and Head Coach. Successful teams will have a GM and a Head Coach who work together but stay in their lane. As the Rock said, “know your role and shut your mouth”. The years of the Almighty Decision maker being just one person needs to be terminated and not come back like Schwarzenegger.
The Baltimore Ravens are a perfect example of how an organization should operate and that is why it has been right for so long. The Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, and San Francisco 49ers are other teams who have recently figured thigs out and are trending in the right direction. Consistent healthy communication and a head coach who has input but does not make final decisions, and a GM who is comfortable making final decisions but at the same time does not ignore the head coach. These are key functions that will create a healthy and successful organization.
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