Originally Posted by htismaqe
It takes a certain kind of person to be an NFL head coach or NFL GM. I think they are INHERENTLY egomaniacs.
It's purely Machiavellian - absolute power corrupts absolutely.
You could bring in anybody you want but the minute you give him complete control, things get skewed. Maybe not to Pioli levels but they still get skewed.
The coach and GM HAVE to at least be peers or it is ultimately doomed to fail.
Meh, I don't know about all of that. In just about every organization ever, there's been a boss and a subordinate. And from a technical perspective, the GM is the boss. Because he's the manager. He's no different than a CEO is the boss of the COO CFO and whatever other divisions there are. If the GM is worth a ****, he'll let the coach coach, just like the CEO lets the CFO and COO run their business.
IMO, it is no different than a CEO. In order to be successful the GM needs to
- Put his coach in a position to succeed (players, contracts, etc)
- Allow him to be a manager (don't meddle like that cocksucking Pioli)
- Hold them accountable for results over what they have control over.
- Work together amicably.
All of which is like any other manager in the country. And there are good managers and shitty managers. Pioli was (you see what I did there, "was"
) a shitty manager.
I don't think it is wise to force a coach on a GM. Translated to the business world, that's like being a manager over someone you can't fire. That's not good for anybody.