This would be a terrible hire. The guy knows how to field CFL level talent. There's a huge level in scouting and fielding CFL talent and knowing what wins in the CFL vs scouting & fielding NFL talent and knowing what wins in the NFL. Scouting opponents, systems, players for a particular system and also players to combat systems you're up against. Popp might be interviewing well but thats only cause he's thinking of doing a lot more with less, convincing owners "no need to spend money I'll find all our players thru the draft and I'll make miracles" blah blah. This isn't the CFL ... This would be WAY too risky and way too much of an adjustment. If Rex has any say on this hire as well it won't be this guy.
I watched Jimmy Johnson one time talk about the importance of an interview on ESPN and then he mentioned that Bill Cower, John Madden, Bill Parcells & Bill Bellichick all were turned down for jobs early in their career for possible HC positions cause of their interview. Supposedly Bellichick hired a consultant to even teach him how to interview at one point. Are we hiring a guy based on how well he interviews or based on how good he does his job? I mean if the guys interviewing skills SUCK and he knows how to draft, build a team and etc lets get him. If he doesn't have media skills but he can field a championship contender then give him some counceling in that area or something and let Rex do all the talking. I mean this is ridiculous ... a CFL guy? Yeh lets get a guy who has to learn how to adjust his skills in fielding NFL talent .. what a great call.
I still haven't heard definitively that Popp has been interviewed or that an interview has been setup. It's all been speculation. I'd love to hear some sort of confirmation.
This goes right along with the old and very outdated thought that experience is everything. I've seen so many guys elevated to jobs because they had experience that were not half as smart nor half as competent as a person with no experience in a field.
The basic tenants of being a smart GM are the same for any league and the talent level between CFL and NFL is not so gaping that it is a major problem.
I would understand if NFL teams felt that Popp must get a job in a front office other than GM for a few years to build that resume but to outright dismiss him due to being from the CFL is the same foolish thinking that makes teams pass of guys like Cam Wake.
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Sources tell me that despite Panthers hiring of Dave Gettleman, Jim Popp had an excellent interview & impressed enough to make choice tough.
GM Jr. Scouting, The Big Ten Network & The National Football Post. Former college scout for Cleveland Browns & scouting administrator for the St. Louis Rams. SOUTH ORANGE, NJ · http://www.russlande.com
Gets my vote for looking like Barry Melrose