Been lurking through the GM search, just gotta say to those of you that do this threads each day with the twitter posts - thanks. It's good to have all of this stuff aggregated in one place, without having to have to use twitter myself.
Granted, but Khan does have some input none the less. He would bring in some Steelers scouts with him I am sure.
I agree with this position. Just because Tannenbaum came from a cap management background and didn't know how to leverage scouts, and whose opinions mattered on player select, it does not mean that will be the case for all GM candidates that come from a financial background.
Khan, ideally would come with an understanding of the Steelers infrastructure, and the blueprint to re-create similar success. He'd almost certainly have a better working relationship with scouts, and they'd probably be people he appoints to their roles. I would hope.
If it's true that the finalists are Khan, Cohen, and Idzik (and I take everything that's reported with a mountain of salt at this point), then I agree.
Khan is strictly a cap guy. Cohen is strictly a scout.
Idzik's a bit of both.
From Cimini Blog
To that, I quote former longtime GM Bill Polian, who told SI's Peter King: "Football teams need to be led by football men who know how coaches think, how players think. You can't learn that in business school or law school."