Originally Posted by pcola
Everyone that you mentioned peeked in the mid 90s. I'll pass.
Something tells me this guy's a Cowboy fan. You don't get a great GM unless you get lucky. I mean it's got a unique skill set that even you probably don't even know for sure how good you'll be at it, and teams don't just let great GMs go. Who knew Ozzie Newsome would be so good?
You need a guy that can create a plan. Find all the pieces that will work together, and relentlessly, and ruthlessly make it happen. You also need to find coaches with great confidence in themselves, and get them to listen to you, and to each other. Then you need to be able to get other teams GMs to trust you while you screw them over. You have to deal with the media, being open and honest without actually telling them anything. Making yourself look good while not blaming anyone else. Not an easy job. I'm not so sure Mangini wouldn't be good at it. To me he seemed really good at the "process", but not so good at the implementation, or relating his ideas to the players. Who knows.