Originally Posted by Beerfish
This goes right along with the old and very outdated thought that experience is everything.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.
You are arguing something completely different. Cameron Wake was a player who was able to adjust to the league and have a huge impact and it took years for him to develop in the CFL to become that player. He developed technique along with his athleticism it eventually led to him being NFL ready. To know if he's NFL ready is a talent evaluator's job but whether or not he worked out in the NFL ultimately depended on Cameron Wake. Some players don't have the confidence, ability to adjust their games, or are just trapped in the wrong system that don't utilize their strengths and they end up not working out. Sometimes that doesn't all fall on a talent evaluator it ultimately depends on the player himself adjusting along with the coaches. The scout could have made a great call on a player but everything else around it failed.
In this case you're talking about a GM who's evaluating talent and building a successful franchise in a B level league. To put a quality unit on the field and establish success you have to understand not just your players but all the players around you in the league. He's evaluating talent for the CFL. I'm not saying it won't translate to the NFL AT ALL. I'm saying you're taking a HUGE risk. Fielding NFL ready talent is completely different from fielding CFL talent. The discreprancy between NFL players and their talent level is so small it takes years to notice the distinction. Not just that its also understand fielding your talent to fit your system and ultimately to counter other systems you're competing against. Sometimes you have to fail 3 or 4 times to know what you really need to get it right. This is where the experience is crucial.
Also SMH to whoever asked if I think he'll take a 7th rounder with the 9th pick. Its a dumb question that isn't related to anything I've said. GM's have to do more than pick solid 1st -3rd rounders. If they hit BIG yeah they'll get rewarded and build accolades but the best GM's are one's that trade talent right before they see it declining before anyone else does and get value for it, knowing when to trade picks for certain players they need as essential pieces, drafted late, and also working the cap properly to leave flexibility for your team's future. This isn't just a job where you gotta hope a guy can spot a good college player from round 1-3 ... or even 3-5... I'm surprised some of you guys are so sold on this guy. Especially because a few NFL network guys are spazzing and the super power Carolina Panthers were blown away in an interview. J.I was crazy about Gamble until his interview skills were in question. Turn around and "LETS HIRE THIS GUY THE PANTHERS WERE BLOWN AWAY IN AN Interview oh and he's been a big hit in the CFL" ... SMH ... so the search has ended? LOL ..hilarious