Originally Posted by SAR I
Well, it is a different way to look at things.
He does seem to be the Rex Ryan equivalent of GM's. These days, hot GM prospects get a look in their mid-30s. This guys pushing 50 and was passed over numerous times on numerous other teams.
1. This guy was specifically picked because he's the type of GM that would be comfortable with Rex Ryan and continue to support his strategy to win on defense and a ground game for the next 3-4 years.
2. This is the best we could do because our front office is such a mess. Taking a flier on a GM project that was never given a look by anybody else in a whopping 25 years in the NFL.
I think you're reading too much into this. There are only 32 GM jobs, and only a few open each year.
The fact that he is pushing 50 has enabled him to gain varied experience. A younger candidate would not have such a well balanced resume. Additionally, timing and circumstance need to be right for both the GM candidate and the hiring team.