KCCD Editor: Jason Madson
I know, I know. The Chiefs have a General Manager, one that is rumored to have signed an extension. One that, in my opinion, has done a pretty damn good job building a roster. A GM that has re-signed most every important piece on this team. I’m all for Scott Pioli remaining in Kansas City as the Chiefs GM. As long as the stubborness regarding Matt Cassel leaves town.
I just watched the Football Life episode Cleveland 95. It makes me think that had the Browns stayed in Cleveland and retained Bill Belichick, along with his group of All Star scouts and coaches, they would’ve won multiple Super Bowls. My point is that I want to watch his plan unfold with all the pieces in place. The QB (and maybe a Defensive Coordinator) are really the only major pieces left in this puzzle.
With all this being said, I wanted to be prepared for the chance that Scott Pioli is fired at some point during the 2013 season. Let me say it again though, I wouldn’t agree with the choice.
When I was compiling this list, I looked at the model franchises first. There has to be a reason those teams are always stocked with talented reserves, ready to step in when a free agent leaves. A lot of times, the good teams know when it’s time to say goodbye to a player, whether he’s on the top of his game or not.
It seems that the teams I picked from have a very high success rate on their early round draft picks and strike gold later in the draft more times than the lesser teams. Some would call this luck, I call it doing your homework and outworking other staffs.
This is another reason why I’m in favor of keeping Pioli and his crew around. I’m willing to bet that nobody works harder or is more prepared than the Chiefs front office on draft day and in regards to pro personnel.
I’m sure most die-hard NFL fans (all of you reading this) can figure out which teams I selected a candidate from. Take a second and think about it….Did you come up with the Steelers, Ravens, Packers and Giants? If so, you are correct. I threw in a few wild card candidates and absolutely no Patriots.
Check this out and tell me what you think or who you would add or subtract from the list. Remember, I am not for Scott Pioli losing his job, this is just an informative piece to get you ready in case Clark Hunt takes the advice of the banner in the picture below and “Fires Pioli”.
Baltimore Ravens- Vincent Newsome Director of Pro Personnel
Pittsburgh Steelers- Omar Khan Director of Football & Business Administration
Pittsburgh Steelers- Brandon Hunt Pro Personnel Coordinator
Houston Texans- Mike Maccagnan Director of College Scouting
Green Bay Packers- John Dorsey Director of Football Operations
Green Bay Packers- Brian Gutenkunst Director of College Scouting
Atlanta Falcons- David Caldwell Director of Pro Personnel
New York Giants- Marc Ross Director of College Scouting
Philadelphia Eagles- Louis Riddick Director of Pro Personnel
Tennessee Titans- Lake Dawson Vice President of Pro Personnel
This is an extremely strong group. From top to bottom, I can see every one of these men running an NFL franchise one day. Which is the best for the Chiefs, though?
Taking everything into consideration, I can probably cross off a number of these candidates. Due to youth and inexperience in their current position, I would like them to gain a bit more seasoning before making such a large investment. This makes me take my susperstar choice off the list, Omar Khan.
Khan was a hot target last offeason by the St Louis Rams. He made the correct decision though, and remained in Pittsburgh. I say correct decision because, unless you’re Bill Parcells or Mike Holmgren, you only get one shot to run an NFL franchise. Being such a hot commodity allows you to be selective.
Other guys crossed off in my first round of cuts were:
Lake Dawson- Even though I would love to see the former Chiefs WR get the team back to the level it was at when he was catching passes from Joe Montana, he is still too fresh on his new job. If the Chiefs are in need of a GM in 3 years, Lake is on my short list of candidates.
Brandon Hunt- Surprisingly enough, that takes each of the Steelers candidates off my GM short list. Hunt is in his very early 30′s, which is young for such a demanding position. He has been molded in the Steelers scouting department and should be ready to take on the job after, once again, gaining experience in his current role.
Louis Riddick- The Eagles Director of Pro Personnel, has also served in the same role with the Washington Redskins. My question is: Why hasn’t he moved forward at either spot?
Here is my short list:
Vincent Newsome, Mike Maccagnan, John Dorsey, Brian Gutenkurst, David Caldwell and Marc Ross.
With my favorite of this group being the New York Giants Marc Ross.
New York Giants GM Jerry Reese had this to say about Ross last January:
‘‘He’s a veteran personnel guy and has been around two or three different clubs, so he’s seen how things are done differently at different places,’’ Reese said. ‘‘And he’s smart. He’s a people person, a terrific evaluator, and he’s qualified.’’
The Giants consistently make the right moves on draft day, and Ross has been a big part of the success. He has learned this trade working with different organizations throughout the years including the Giants, Bills and Eagles.
Ross had interviews set up last offseason with the Bears, Colts and Rams. So other teams have taken notice of this superstar GM prospect. Ross is young, but experienced. He isn’t tied to a certain “Way” if you will. Even if he is, the “Giants Way” is much more sound on draft day.
He has been responsible for the drafting of such players like: Jason Pierre-Paul, Brian Westbrook, Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz to name a few.
He was also the NFL’s youngest ever National Scouting Director when he was put in that position at the age of 27 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
If the rumors are true and Scott Pioli is fired during this season, even as soon as next week, this would be the first call I would make. Although, I’m not sure of how hiring a GM works mid season, has something like this been down before? Looks like we might find out in Kansas City over the bye week.