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The Next GM

Oct 23 2012 03:26 AM Mr. Scot Carolina Panthers
Guess it’s that time again :unsure:

Now truthfully, there’s plenty of time between now and next season, so a lot can happen. There are a load of possibilities here and frankly, not a lot of clues as to what direction the team might go. Throw in that front office contracts aren't generally publicized and titles vary from team to team, so it's kind of a crapshoot determining who might realistically be a candidate and who might not.

Still, the identity of next GM will likely be one of the hottest - if not the hottest - discussion topics of the season, so why not get an early start, right?

To begin, here's a list of potential candidates. Just so I'm clear, not all of these are names that I would endorse, but they are people who I'd consider possible options. Some have been discussed here before, a few more so than others.

Names that seem to be getting the most discussion so far...

Eric DeCosta - Assistant General Manager, Baltimore Ravens
Marc Ross - Director of College Scouting, New York Giants
Nick Caserio - Director of Player Personnel, New England Patriots


Other possibilities...

Omar Khan - Director of Football and Business Administration, Pittsburgh Steelers
Russ Ball - Vice President of Football Administration and Player Finance, Green Bay Packers
Doug Whaley - Assistant General Manager / Director of Pro Personnel, Buffalo Bills
Kevin Abrams - Assistant General Manager, New York Giants
Floyd Reese - Senior Football Advisor, New England Patriots
Lake Dawson - Vice President of Player Personnel, Tennessee Titans
Eliot Wolf - Director of Pro Personnel, Green Bay Packers
Ed McGuire - Assistant General manager / Executive Vice President of Football Operations, San Diego Chargers
Jimmy Raye - Director of Player Personnel, San Diego Chargers
Scott McCloughan - Senior Personnel Executive, Seattle Seahawks
Tom Donahoe - Senior Football Advisor, Philadelphia Eagles
Pat Moriarty - Vice President of Football Administration, Baltimore Ravens
Tom Gamble - Director of Player Personnel, 49ers
Randy Mueller - Senior Executive, San Diego Chargers
Dennis Hickey - Director of Player Personnel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tim Ruskell - College Scout, Tennessee Titans
George Kokinis - Senior Personnel assistant, Baltimore Ravens
Vincent Newsome - Director of Pro Personnel, Baltimore Ravens
Brian Gardner - Director of Pro Personnel, Houston Texans
Will Lewis - Former Vice President of Player Personnel, Seattle Seahawks
Tom Heckert - General Manager, Cleveland Browns


Open to other names being thrown into the mix, but this is my starting list. I plan to research these and add info/links as I have opportunity. As mentioned, nothing definitive is likely to happen before season's end, so there's time to look around.

Here we go.

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Michael Lombardi brought up a good point today on NFL network. He thought one reason for the timing of the move was to get a GM in here before the end of the season to have a better handle on staff and player evaluation. So perhaps we won't wait until the offseason...


You don't need to wait until the offseason to hire a GM. IMO it would be stupid to do so considering the amount of prep that you need leading up to the offseason in addressing looming contracts, the draft, and free agency. That isn't the time you want to be interviewing candidates to run your team. Interviews need to be underway right now and someone needs to come now to survey this mess and gather ideas.

You don't need to wait until the offseason to hire a GM. IMO it would be stupid to do so considering the amount of prep that you need leading up to the offseason in addressing looming contracts, the draft, and free agency. That isn't the time you want to be interviewing candidates to run your team. Interviews need to be underway right now and someone needs to come now to survey this mess and gather ideas.


I get the emphasis, but you have to look beyond just next season.

We need a guy that can guide this team for the next ten years or more, not just next year. To get that, you have to go after the best candidates. Those guys won't be available until the offseason.

Gotta think long term.
I will be disappointed if we hire someone before the blue-chip guys are available. This move will define both this team and Jerry Richardson's attitude towards this team to a lot of people for a long time. If the best guys aren't available right now then hiring right now is beyond a bad idea.
If I had my choice I'd say to give the reigns over to Bill Cowher and let him build this team the way he wants it. He's coached a high-profile QB (who he didn't always get along with) and he won big. He's smart, he's experienced, he's been successful, and he knows how to build toughness on both sides of the ball (which I think Cam needs desperately).

I don't think that you can go out and hire another new head coach. Cam Newton needs someone who has been around before to show him how to do this. So my ideal candidates for both positions would be Cowher. My ideal candidate for a guy who isn't going to be a GM..just a coach, would be Jon Gruden.

I know nothing about Mark Ross...but the Giants have drafted reasonably well. IMO their drafts are a little overrated in the last 5 years but definitely nothing to scoff at.

The thing that scares me about Ross is he might want Perry Fewell to get that job and I'm not sure why but I wouldn't be excited about Fewell at all.
Jerry is going after another journalist......drumroll..................................













here comes Chris Chase!!!!!
Let's be honest here... It's very likely the guy we hire to be GM will be someone nobody here has ever heard of before.

Let's be honest here... It's very likely the guy we hire to be GM will be someone nobody here has ever heard of before.

Doesn't mean its a bad thing. Most front office guys don't get their names in headlines.
Marc Ross would be a no name candidate to average fans.

our next GM will be GM/HC


I highly doubt that.

I'd have to look, but I'm pretty sure if we did that we'd be the only team in the NFL using that model right now.

Pretty much everyone else has abandoned that approach. And with good reason: it doesn't work.

May want to consider this. It's actually possible that Richardson could go back to be 'two-headed GM' approach he preferred before (one evaluator, one administrator) rather than keeping the power consolidated under one guy. That's something I plan to take a look at later.

Regardless, I'm pretty sure the 'full control' option is off the table, but we'll see.


I thought Shanahan and Belichick were both in full control of player personel? Am I mistaken?

I thought Shanahan and Belichick were both in full control of player personel? Am I mistaken?


Belichick, yes...Shanahan, no...

Snyder handles the personnel decisions

I thought Shanahan and Belichick were both in full control of player personel? Am I mistaken?


Bruce Allen is the GM of the Redskins.

In Patriot Land, nobody has the official GM title. Caserio has the player personnel title, Floyd Reese is 'Senior Advisor' and Jon Kraft is team president. Looks to be a committee approach. You could rightly expect Belichick to have the most say in that committee though.

Pats may have somewhat given up on a traditional model since they've had some departures (Pioli, Dimitroff).
As much as i hate to say it, i think all you guys know Jrich will sign someone nobody has ever heard of.

Let's be honest here... It's very likely the guy we hire to be GM will be someone nobody here has ever heard of before.


Possible. In fairness though, 95% of this list is people most have never heard of.

As much as i hate to say it, i think all you guys know Jrich will sign someone nobody has ever heard of.

And AGAIN, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Big name GMs and coaches aren't always the best. And in general you don't look through the headlines for a GM.
Still no Brian Gutekunst? :'(
As NFL.com wrote. Hire Cowher and let him pick his GM.

As NFL.com wrote. Hire Cowher and let him pick his GM.


Can we please just stop with the Cowher talk? Dude lives in NC, cool, I get it.

He has been out of the NFL for, what, 3-4 years now? The game has changed. Cowher would be in over his head in today's NFL.

Besides, Cowher probably wants to sit on his ass, pressure-free, and talk about football for an hour on Sunday rather than coach a team.

Still no Brian Gutekunst? :'(


I'll check him out.

Can we please just stop with the Cowher talk? Dude lives in NC, cool, I get it.

He has been out of the NFL for, what, 3-4 years now? The game has changed. Cowher would be in over his head in today's NFL.

Besides, Cowher probably wants to sit on his ass, pressure-free, and talk about football for an hour on Sunday rather than coach a team.

While you may not like the idea. Cowher said he would be interested in coming back in the right situation. The formula that the Steelers employ now is basically the same has Cowher has when he was there. Being a head coach is more about being a good manager. Making right decisions and giving his team the best opportunity to win. Hiring a good OC and DC will prevent your so called Over his head.
I wouldn't complain if we got him, but I'm not convinced he's some sort of amazing savior. The Steelers are one of the best run organizations in professional sports. Certainly he's a fine coach, but plenty of guys could have succeeded in the situation he was in. Anyone expecting him to rekindle that kind of success here would be in for a rude awakening.
Yas has mentioned that he heard the Panthers are interested in someone who's currently employed by another team but has never been a GM. Who knows how solid his information is, but that could help narrow things down by eliminating former GMs (and, IMO, I think it eliminates DeCosta has he's an "assistant GM" and I think he was a pipe dream anyway).

Yas has mentioned that he heard the Panthers are interested in someone who's currently employed by another team but has never been a GM. Who knows how solid his information is, but that could help narrow things down by eliminating former GMs (and, IMO, I think it eliminates DeCosta has he's an "assistant GM" and I think he was a pipe dream anyway).



Which brings up question. I'm pretty sure gm's can not take other jobs til their team is out of the playoffs. IIRC it isn't the same for people under them right?

Which brings up question. I'm pretty sure gm's can not take other jobs til their team is out of the playoffs. IIRC it isn't the same for people under them right?


Correct. If JR has someone in mind who's currently employed, we're going to have to wait until that team's season ends. And I might be assuming here, but I can't imagine it not being someone who's currently with a team that's on track to make the playoffs.
I'm guessing if JR waits into the season is over he could be looking at Player personnel guys from the Packers, Giants, and etc.