Originally Posted by BigRock
Yeah. Pioli didn't work his way up. Jesus.
Pioli was a scout with Cleveland. Pioli was a Director of Player Personel with the Jets and Pats. The lone difference is that DeCosta did entirely college, while Pioli did college and pro evaluations as he came up. They're very similar paths.
The thing that worries me about DeCosta, and which should have worried me about Pioli, is that they both were comfortable staying in their successful environments and turning down other job offers. To me, when a guy starts to get comfortable where he is, where everything is set up nicely and they are a nice cog in the equation, and aren't sure if they want to leave that comfort to go push themselves and challenge themselves, it should raise alarm bells. If a guy is comfortable ruling their little piece of the kingdom while someone else runs the whole show, I worry about what that means from a leadership standpoint.
I'm sure at some point someone will offer DeCosta a boatload of money, and it may be enough to pull him away from BMore, but what happens when he goes somewhere where he doesn't have the same scouts, the same owner, the same office, when an entire organization is looking at him for leadership, where he doesn't have Ray Lewis and Joe Flacco on the field? How will he react? How will he lead? If I am Clark Hunt, that's my question to the guy if I'm interviewing him (of course if I am Clark Hunt, I am showing more leadership myself)...