I remember I brought up a thread during the season in which I said we needed to hire our guy ASAP and I got a bunch of "we have plenty of time, blah blah blah..."
Well, I don't think many have considered this... Now that we've retained Rivera to this point, it's a sign that we're keeping him. Now, for those of you thinking we're going to go out and hire a big name GM, guess what? What new "big name" GM is wanting to come into an organization that has held onto their coach from the previous year so that they can't fully assert control over the football operations?
And now we're getting to the point that saying, "If he's not your guy, bring your guy in..." to any prospective GM candidate is a fallacy. We've strung it out long enough that likely even if we found a GM to come in with Rivera already in place and they fired him, who are they going to replace him with?
Just looking like a big build up to nothing.
the problem was that we couldn't talk to really anyone deserving the job until the season was over.
there was literally nothing that could be done other than researching people and even then you couldn't call their team and talk about them or really call around without tipping your hat early.
and the fact that we haven't fired rivera yet isn't a sign that we aren't going to fire him. not necessarily anyway. it could be that is a call they want the new GM to make.
if JR is concerned about being competitive, i can't imagine he's thrilled with the record rivera has put up so far and the fact that it took so long for him to "trend upward", esp. if he was never actually completely sold on rivera like some have suggested.
i doubt it would take much encouraging from the new GM to move on from rivera if he wanted to.
that said, JR isn't a guy that likes change and takes waaaayyyyy too long to make decisions and if you think that firing hurney happened quickly, i'd counter with hurney should have been let go when fox was.