Re: New and improved BB the GM poll.
posted at 3/26/2012 6:52 PM EDT
In Response to Re: New and improved BB the GM poll.
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: New and improved BB the GM poll. : Glad this works out better for you z. I still went with average. My reasoning is as follows: I don't feel it is easy to stand out as great or terrible in this much like most things that humans do with their brain. Similar to human intelligence in general (IQ) it is a bell curve with extreme deviations being relatively rare and diminishing in frequency. He is not encumbered with trying to find the elite QB. There are really only a half dozen teams that do not have to continually drain resources searching for that costly piece. Despite drafting lower because of winning records, that has not hurt him much. The rookie costs before the wage scale actually hurt the poor teams badly as they were paying huge cap bucks to guys that all too often were not worth it. With the new scale BB's penalty in that will be much greater from here on. All the more reason to get it done while Brady is around. When he has hit he has done pretty well. But his misses have too often been bad misses. Many high picks have been spent on guys that were sooo bad. If not for that I could up it to above average or more. His high profile FA signings have been too spotty as well. It is nearly compulsory that if you spend relatively big cap resources on a FA they must be a hit. I believe his misses have prompted him to concentrate on larger numbers of less costly FAs so the impact of a blunder is less obvious and the chances of one of them excelling are still viable. In this he can spend the same money, just on more guys, and any busts don't have the negative impact they would otherwise and also do not make him look bad. Another edge he has that doesn't have anything to do with his GM skills is that he knows as a coach when a guy just doesn't have it. Nobody will be getting a lot out of someone coach BB tells GM BB is no longer worth it. With another GM his weight as a coach on that kind of decision might be overruled on occasion. Bottom line: If an average GM came in and replaced him I think the results would be very similar. That GM would still have him as a coach and Brady as a QB. It would be kind of hard to screw that up unless you were terrible as a GM.
Posted by BabeParilli[/QUOTE]
See I would disagree that his releases aren't GM related. They are, simply because coaches cannot release players. It's him acting in that capacity.
I would also add, he is a shrewd contract negotiator, rarely ever getting saddled with him priced stiffs.
And he is (in my mind) the best in the NFL at sifting through FA pools and getting value.
Anyone can spend the house on big names (Buffalo, over and over again) but BB always finds ways to fill his roster.
I do find fault in his failures at some draft spots, but I try to keep in perspective his overall draft strategy ... BB takes MORE picks over less, rolling the dice on a couple seconds or a couple thirds over a first.
This really colors his draft performance, because he does have some cuts, but is also making more, lower selections than almost anyone.
People point to Brace and Butler, for instance, and it would seem like he just whiffed .... but he also maneveured two picks into four, picking up Chung and Vollmer on the back swing.
I really don't think too many people did much better than Chung and Vollmer in the first and second that year.
That, to me, is good GM-ing.