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View Poll Results: Should a coach be a GM, or should they be separate?
Coach/GM 2 4.76%
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:29 AM    (permalink
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Default coach/GM or coach and GM?

Is it better for a coach to be the GM of the team, or to have those roles separate? If they're separate, should one be "in charge" of the other? If so, which should be in charge?

Personally I am a fan of letting a coach be a coach. Being able to focus on the players and the upcoming game without worrying about the other issues seems valuable. It's worked well that way in Indy, but I know Shanahan had success in Denver doing both, and I'm sure there are other examples.

However, I don't think a GM should necessarily have too much power or influence over what most people would consider "coaching decisions". Decisions like whether to rest players, start or bench players, etc. I think the responsibilities should be defined. I'm not a big fan of puppet coaches.
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There's too much pressure put on one individual to be head coach and general manager. There's too many personnel decisions decisions that need to be made, too much film to study, just too much to do. It's best to break them up the duties between two people.
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There's too much pressure put on one individual to be head coach and general manager. There's too many personnel decisions decisions that need to be made, too much film to study, just too much to do. It's best to break them up the duties between two people.
Yeah I agree with this. It's a lot of work to do both jobs. Some have been successful at it in the past, but I'd prefer, for my team, to have two separate people doing it. The head coach has more important things to worry about.
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i voted for them to have both but meaning that a GM should always work with his HC together so that a HC basically has the ability to work with a GM on the same level
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Are there currently any teams still operating with a HC/GM?
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I think that the coach and the GM need to have a good relationship and work together. Of course, there's easily enough work every week just being a coach to have no time for anything else and sorts of things a GM has to deal with aren't insignificant.

I think the only way one guy handles both jobs is if he has someone being a pretty heavy assistant in the front office, and at that point you might as well get yourself a GM anyway.
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But he hasn't always been. Pioli was in charge of that job for quite a bit and Kraft also involved himself there.
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If the GM & HC are the same it gets into conflict of interest when it comes to salary negotiations, or talking veterans into restructuring to sign a hot FA. They s/b separate jobs, as should capmeister, that's almost mandatory these days, even going into an uncapped yr. The dreaded rookie cap is coming, get ready for it, NFL front offices....
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I think there is simply too much work for a guy to be both. As long as they can both work together, I think that GM & a Coach is preferred.
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They are two full-time jobs, having one guy do both doesn't make any sense. Obviously the coach should be telling the GM what types of players he needs, but to expect him to do the amount of scouting that a GM does in addition to being a head coach is ridiculous.
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Definitely seperate the two. Two minds is always better than one.
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