Originally Posted by NY's stepchild
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.
Your post is correct to a point. "Screwing over other GMs never really comes into play unless you are trading bad players with bad contracts, then almost every time, the team receiving the player and comtract gets fleeced.
As far as getting lucky with a GM, I would be a proponent of hiring an assistant of a proven GM. Someone who has worked under a proven commodity and someone that has done it for a while and thus learned to deal with adversity with an underperforming team and coaches.
We have talked about several GM candidates lately. Two examples, Caldwell has worked under Dimitroff in Atlanta. But to his detriment, he has only been at his current position for a year.
Look at someone like Abrams, who has served as the assistant GM for the Giants for a very long time. He has seen everything from both teams (Jets and Giants) through the NY media. He has dealt with Giant teams that have under performed. He has been a contributer on two Super Bowl teams. He has seen an organization stay true to the plan and not switch plans every couple of seasons.
Thye have traded up for the franchise QB despite what everyone thought of Eli on draft day, and for a few seasons after that. They hit homeruns on draft day, on undrafted free agents, as well as veteran free agents.
Over his course at the Giants, they have seen coaches that don't work out long term, (Fassell) and he has seen the type of Coaches that work long term (Coughlin).
It would probably cost Woody a pretty penny, but if he wants his organization to be like the Giants, this is the move to make. A guy like this would bring in a disciplinarian as a HC. My guess is if he wanted to bring in someone he is familiar with , he could bring in Spags or Fewell. Not sure how I feel about either, but I would trust his judgement. He could go with Todd Haley or Mike Nolan, both no nonsense kind of coaches.