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David Tepper reflects on long-term lessons of "exhaustive" GM search


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9 minutes ago, Mr. Scot said:

Go back and watch the video of Fitterer's introductory press conference and see for yourself.

A little after twenty minutes in to the presser, Scott Fowler asked Tepper what his involvement would be in player decisions. Tepper responded that his role was only about making sure the right processes were in place.

He added specifically, that he'd never be the kind of evaluator that Scott or Matt is, and said "I won't try to be".

Who does Rhule report to?

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35 minutes ago, Mr. Scot said:

Go back and watch the video of Fitterer's introductory press conference and see for yourself.

A little after twenty minutes in to the presser, Scott Fowler asked Tepper what his involvement would be in player decisions. Tepper responded that his role was only about making sure the right processes were in place.

He added specifically, that he'd never be the kind of evaluator that Scott or Matt is, and said "I won't try to be".

Doesn't mean he doesn't have final say.  All owners have final say, some just are more active in the decisions.  Patriots are very coach centric but at the end of the day Kraft can veto Belicheck, if Bill can get overridden anyone can.

Honestly the entire setup is a bit like Simplebuzz predicted.  Rule at the top, a bit of a flat structure beneath him with the GM and coach.  Also the GM isn't traditional in a lot of ways, he answers to the coach.

A team of different people all with different backgrounds working towards a common goal.  

 

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9 minutes ago, AU-panther said:

Doesn't mean he doesn't have final say.  All owners have final say, some just are more active in the decisions.  Patriots are very coach centric but at the end of the day Kraft can veto Belicheck, if Bill can get overridden anyone can.

Honestly the entire setup is a bit like Simplebuzz predicted.  Rule at the top, a bit of a flat structure beneath him with the GM and coach.  Also the GM isn't traditional in a lot of ways, he answers to the coach.

A team of different people all with different backgrounds working towards a common goal.  

 

When Tepper says he won't interfere, I believe him, primarily for a couple of reasons.

Tepper had his eyes on a different sort of GM, a data driven, analytics guy. The guy we hired isn't anything close to that, and Tepper admits it. Fitterer's profile is very much what Matt Rhule wanted, a pure talent scout.

Now, being the owner, Tepper could easily have just chosen someone he wanted and told Rhule to deal with it, but he didn't. He listened to his coach, and that was smart.

As to Fitterer himself, the only thing "non-traditional" about him is that he comes from an environment where the GM didn't have final say. The coach does, as he does here. For the record, this isn't really a new thing, just less common these days than it used to be. Outside of that though, his resumé reads exactly like what you'd find in the vast majority of NFL front offices.

Our friend Sizzlebuzz here is a guy who wants to be a big deal, so he keeps pushing phony inside knowledge and making predictions based on those things. The problem is those guesses have pretty much all been wrong. I've told him before he should stop trying for attention and just be part of the discussion, but he hasn't listened yet and just keeps shooting himself in the foot.

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1 hour ago, AU-panther said:

Doesn't mean he doesn't have final say.  All owners have final say, some just are more active in the decisions.  Patriots are very coach centric but at the end of the day Kraft can veto Belicheck, if Bill can get overridden anyone can.

Honestly the entire setup is a bit like Simplebuzz predicted.  Rule at the top, a bit of a flat structure beneath him with the GM and coach.  Also the GM isn't traditional in a lot of ways, he answers to the coach.

A team of different people all with different backgrounds working towards a common goal.  

 

Preach. 

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54 minutes ago, Mr. Scot said:

When Tepper says he won't interfere, I believe him, primarily for a couple of reasons.

Tepper had his eyes on a different sort of GM, a data driven, analytics guy. The guy we hired isn't anything close to that, and Tepper admits it. Fitterer's profile is very much what Matt Rhule wanted, a pure talent scout.

Now, being the owner, Tepper could easily have just chosen someone he wanted and told Rhule to deal with it, but he didn't. He listened to his coach, and that was smart.

As to Fitterer himself, the only thing "non-traditional" about him is that he comes from an environment where the GM didn't have final say. The coach does, as he does here. For the record, this isn't really a new thing, just less common these days than it used to be. Outside of that though, his resumé reads exactly like what you'd find in the vast majority of NFL front offices.

Our friend Sizzlebuzz here is a guy who wants to be a big deal, so he keeps pushing phony inside knowledge and making predictions based on those things. The problem is those guesses have pretty much all been wrong. I've told him before he should stop trying for attention and just be part of the discussion, but he hasn't listened yet and just keeps shooting himself in the foot.

Who does Rhule report to?

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