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    Rating Front Office Personnel List (Subjective)

    With the draft and free agency behind us, there’s no better time to check in on the landscape of general managers in the NFL. We’ve ranked them all based on draft picks, free agent signings and cap management. Let’s get to the rankings…
    Note: First-year general managers were automatically placed at the bottom (sorry, Bills, Colts and 49ers fans)

    32. Buffalo Bills: Brandon Beane

    Beane took over for Doug Whaley immediately after the draft, so he really hasn’t had an opportunity to make any notable moves. For that reason, we’re forced to put him at 32.

    31. Colts: Chris Ballard

    Ballard has impressed during his first offseason by taking the opposite approach his predecessor, Ryan Grigson, took during his time running the Colts. The first-year GM went all defense at the top of the draft, which should help turn around Indy’s aging defensive unit. He’s also surrounding himself with smart people, something all good general managers do.

    30. 49ers: John Lynch

    Lynch heads the class of rookie GMs after a stellar performance during the NFL draft. He robbed the Bears with a shrewd trade, landed the player he wanted all along (Solomon Thomas) and added another top-10 talent (Reuben Foster) later in the first round. 49ers fans could not have asked for more.

    29. Jets: Mike Maccagnan

    Former Jets GM John Idzik set Maccagnan up to succeed after clearing the Jets roster of bad contracts. It didn’t take long for the latter to put the Jets back in a bad cap situation. The Darrelle Revis signing was a disaster, and New York still hasn’t found a quarterback. Maccagnan is running out of time.

    28. Jaguars: Dave Caldwell

    We don’t even really know if Caldwell is running the Jaguars now that Tom Coughlin has joined the front office. We do know one thing: Caldwell has had a lot of money to spend in free agency over the last three years and hasn’t spent it wisely. He’s had more draft misses than hits, as well.

    27. Buccaneers: Jason Licht

    Licht has been active in free agency, but his signings haven’t always panned out, and his performance in the draft has been slightly above average. Given the capital Licht’s had to work with (plenty of cap space and high draft picks) you would have expected the Bucs to be further along by this point.

    26. Rams: Les Snead

    Snead is always hard to rank. He pulled off the brilliant RG3 trade, but that was five years ago and he failed to capitalize on those picks. And then he went ahead and made the same mistake Washington did, trading the farm for an underwhelming QB prospect in Jared Goff.

    25. Dolphins: Chris Grier/Mike Tannenbaum

    Grier is the general manager, but Tannenbaum is the face of the front office. The Dolphins enjoyed a nice little turnaround thanks to the hiring of Adam Gase as head coach, but have the roster moves this duo has made over the last two years really moved the team any closer to legit Super Bowl contention? Or are the Dolphins merely a good team with a low ceiling? I’d say the latter.

    24. Saints: Mickey Loomis

    Loomis’ inability to build even a league-average defense is the biggest reason he falls so low on this list. He’s managed the Saints’ cap horribly, but you have to wonder how much of that falls on him and how much falls on an owner who refuses to blow things up and start from scratch.

    23. Redskins: Bruce Allen

    Washington technically does not have a general manager after firing Scot McCloughan in March, so we’ll just use Allen as a place holder. It’s hard to rank the Redskins team president because he hasn’t been in charge of personnel moves during his time with the team. McCloughan picked the players; Allen handled contract negotiations.

    22. Bears: Ryan Pace

    Pace was viewed as a rising star just last year. Then the 2017 offseason happened, and Pace let desperation get the better of him. Chicago gave Mike Glennon way too much money then gave up way too many picks to draft Mitchell Trubisky with the second-overall pick. Those two moves may end up costing Pace his job next offseason.

    21. Eagles: Howie Roseman

    It’s still difficult to rank Roseman because we don’t know how much say he had during the Chip Kelly years. But he’s done some good work after Kelly was sent packing. The Eagles roster is in a good spot and could be ready to contend in the NFC East as soon as the 2017 season. But Roseman’s reputation as a GM will depend solely on the development of QB Carson Wentz and we don’t know how the second-year pro will pan out.

    20. Chargers: Tom Telesco

    Sure, the Chargers haven’t enjoyed a lot of success over the last few seasons, but you can’t blame Telesco for that. He’s stocked the Chargers depth chart with plenty of talent. Bad luck and bad coaching have done this franchise in.

    19. Lions: Bob Quinn

    Quinn is taking a measured approach to building up the Lions roster. You’re not seeing any splashy or desperate moves, which should encourage fans in Detroit. Great teams aren’t built in an offseason, and Quinn clearly understands that.

    18. Texans: Rick Smith

    Yes, the Brock Osweiler deal was a disaster. That the Texans still managed to make the playoffs despite fielding one of the league’s worst starting quarterbacks says a lot about the job Smith has done putting together the rest of the team. He’s a good general manager who just can’t seem to figure out the quarterback position. Maybe Deshaun Watson is the answer, but I’m not so sure.

    17. Titans: Jon Robinson

    I really wanted to put Robinson higher on the list. He’s pulled all the right strings during his 16 months as Titans general manager, but the names ahead of him on this list have done it for a longer period of time. If Robinson can turn around Tennessee’s defense in 2017, he’ll crack the top-10 next year.

    16. Giants: Jerry Reese

    Reese was the most difficult GM to rank on this list. He was given credit for rebuilding the Giants defense last offseason, but how much does he really deserve? With $200 million to spend and the allure of New York in your back pocket, it shouldn’t be too hard to bring in top free agents. And the Giants still probably overpaid for Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins.

    15. Browns: Paul DePodesta/Sashi Brown

    The most interesting front office in the league lands a little higher than you were probably expecting. The Browns have won a single game under this current regime, but it’s hard to take issue with any move it has made over the last year and a half. DePodesta and Brown get a ton of credit for being patient when it comes to the quarterback position. That patience has allowed the team to stockpile draft picks and add a number of young, intriguing pieces to the roster.


    14. Vikings: Rick Spielman

    There’s no denying that Spielman has done a fantastic job of adding young talent to the Vikings roster. But he’s also had his fair share of misses. The Sam Bradford trade doesn’t look like a very good one nine months later. Laquon Treadwell, Trae Waynes and Matt Kahlil all look like botched first-round picks. And the offensive line is still a complete mess.

    13. Ravens: Ozzie Newsome

    Newsome has been handcuffed by the Joe Flacco contract, but he only has himself to blame for that disaster. Giving an average quarterback elite money put the onus on Newsome’s drafting ability, which has fallen off in recent years. At the same time, the Ravens have remained competitive and Newsome’s track record of success is too long to drop him any lower on this list.

    12. Bengals: Marvin Lewis/Mike Brown/Katie Blackburn/Duke Tobin

    It’s been a rough offseason for the Bengals, but we won’t let one offseason detract from the excellent job this front office has done finding talent over the last decade. Unfortunately, Cincinnati never got enough out of QB Andy Dalton when its window as contenders was open. Now it looks like that window has closed.

    11. Chiefs: John Dorsey

    I don’t feel good about leaving Dorsey out of the top-10, because the guy just continues to keep this Kansas City roster loaded with talent year-after-year. He managed to find two first-round talents in last year’s draft despite the Chiefs not owning a first-round pick. Dorsey has also done good work in free agency. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Chiefs’ trade to draft Patrick Mahomes, which is the biggest reason he was left out of the top-10.

    10. Panthers: Dave Gettleman

    For the first time as Panthers general manager, Gettleman had money to spend this offseason. It remains to be seen how the Panthers’ free agent acquisitions will turn out, but Gettleman always seemed to find talent on the free agent market when he was hamstrung by the last regime’s poor cap management, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Carolina’s general manager really shines on draft day, where he has consistently found good talent in the later rounds.

    9. Falcons: Thomas Dimitroff

    Dimitroff’s star was falling a bit before he aced last offseason. He managed to find five defensive starters in one draft, which helped Dan Quinn turn around what had been a bad defense for the last half-decade. Dimitroff has been inconsistent during his time in Atlanta, though, so it’s hard to put him any higher on this list.

    8. Steelers: Kevin Colbert

    If Colbert was as good at finding defensive talent as he is at finding offensive talent, he’d be a top-five general manager. But as good as the Steelers offense has been, it’s defense has continued to drag the team down in the playoffs. And Colbert has used a lot of draft capital to shore up the pass rush and secondary. Those picks haven’t paid off yet.

    7. Raiders: Reggie McKenzie

    McKenzie inherited the worst roster situation in football when he took over the Raiders front office in 2012. Five years later, Oakland’s roster is one of the most promising in the league thanks to the patient work McKenzie has done. He didn’t blow all the cap space he built up after tearing down the roster. Instead, McKenzie built through the draft and made smart free agent signings. Now the Raiders will be able to keep their young core intact for years.

    6. Cardinals: Steve Keim

    Arizona is coming off its first losing season under Keim’s watch, but we won’t hold that against him. Injuries ravaged the Cardinals roster in 2016. That they were able to finish one game under .500 is a testament to the job Keim has done in Arizona. His talent evaluation skills will be tested this year after the Cardinals lost several key pieces in free agency.

    5. Cowboys: Jerry Jones/Stephen Jones

    If you had told me ten years ago that Jerry Jones would one day be considered a top-five NFL general manager, I would probably still be laughing. But here we are. His son, Stephen, has probably reined Jerry in a little, but the Cowboys no longer make those bold offseason moves that used to tank their cap situation. Patience has paid off for Jerry, and now Dallas has a young, talented roster that will be competitive for the next decade.

    4. Broncos: John Elway

    How much credit do we give Elway for not giving Brock Osweiler an extension last offseason? While he refused to match the Texans’ offer, he was still trying to lock one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league to a long-term deal that may have crippled the rest of Denver’s impressive roster. It worked out for Elway in the end, and the Broncos remain one of the deepest teams outside of the quarterback position thanks to his fantastic work in both the draft and especially free agency.

    3. Packers: Ted Thompson

    Boring old Ted Thompson just keeps putting together playoff teams while his fans continue to complain about his refusal to overspend (or spend at all) in free agency. When will fans ever learn?

    2. Seahawks: John Schneider

    I seriously considered putting Schneider ahead of Belichick on this list. That’s how brilliant a job he’s done in Seattle since taking over as GM in 2011. Every year, the Seahawks lose a few key players in free agency and it never seems to affect them thanks to the strong foundation Schneider has built.

    1. Patriots: Bill Belichick
    Belichick has made some curious decisions over the last year or so, but you can’t argue with five rings and nearly two decades of consistent dominance. Some may say that Belichick the coach makes up for Belichick the GM’s mistakes and that’s a legitimate argument. The only way we’ll find out is if he gives up coaching and remains in the front office. I just don’t see that happening.

    I liked the job that Thomas Dimitroff did this year, he did have a great QB to work with but, what he did to turn around that defense was an "A" job. jmho. Don't you people just love when I post these "lists" for you all to enjoy?

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    Im excited to see our guys ranked in the middle of the pack. It would be so easy for an outsider to say, they suck, they have won one game.
    I believe we have a foundation for this team that is being built on solid ground.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheffie View Post
    Im excited to see our guys ranked in the middle of the pack. It would be so easy for an outsider to say, they suck, they have won one game.
    I believe we have a foundation for this team that is being built on solid ground.


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    Given their due credit for being a diligent operation. Now, we've got to hope ownership is willing to pay the $$ to keep them here to sustain our franchise until we win at least a couple Super Bowls.

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    I think middle of the pack is appropriate at this point. It's an innovative way to run an NFL franchise, and it may or may not work. So slot them in the middle & adjust once the results are in.

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