Where should “the buck stop” in NFL Front Office Management? Part II

A lot could be inferred from my last post, Where should “the buck stop” in NFL Front Office Management? Since leaving Denver in 2008 I’ve had a close, if not somewhat biased eye on the entire selection process in NFL Football Operations.

Point of reference

I interviewed with two clubs on this list for their General Manager’s position, and with two others while still with the Broncos.  This prefaces having actually sat down with the very people I’m speaking of, both at the management and ownership levels.  There is a knowledgeable understanding and background to draw upon.

For the record

The following tables show the 18 NFL clubs mentioned that made front office management and coaching changes since 2008.  A winning record is just that, over .500.  8-8 is not by its own definition a winning record.  An 8-8 record brought down a fourteen year regime in Denver, then turned around and sent them to the playoffs.  So go figure.

Not real pretty

Of the 18 teams that made changes; ATL, IND & PHI have had consistent overall winning seasons  since 2008.

Except for the above 3 teams, nothing here is impressive.  Seven teams have a single playoff appearance, San Francisco and Detroit appear to be on the upswing.  But to try and say otherwise is accepting mediocrity and or losing as success.  There are a number of other NFL cities that won’t let you get away with that.

Atlanta (43-21) 4-0 / 3 Playoffs  President/CEO Rich McKay

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (10-6)*
Smith
Dimitroff
2010 – (13-3)*
Smith
Dimitroff
2009 – (9-7)
Smith
Dimitroff
2008 – (11-5)*
Smith
Dimitroff’s 1st season
Ryan’s rookie season

 Buffalo (23-41) 0-4  CEO Russ Brandon

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (6-10)
Gailey
Nix
2010 – (4-12)
Gailey
Nix
2009 – (6-10)
Jauron
Brandon, Nix
Brandon became CEO
2008 – (7-9)
Jauron
Brandon

 Chicago (35-29) 2-2 / 1 Playoff  President/CEO Ted Phillips

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (8-8)
Smith
Angelo (Emery in 2012)
2010 – (11-5)*
Smith
Angelo
Lost the NFC Championship
2009 – (7-9)
Smith
Angelo
2008 – (9-7)
Smith
Angelo

 Cleveland (18-46) 0-4  President Mike Holmgren  Exec VP of Business Ops Bryan Weidmeier

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (4-12)
Shurmur
Heckert
2010 – (5-11)
Mangini
Heckert
Holmgren, President
2009 – (5-11)
Mangini
Kokinis
2008 – (4-12)
Crennel
Savage

 Denver (28-36) 0-4 / 1 Playoff  President Joe Ellis

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (8-8)*
Fox
Xanders
Elway EVP FTBL OPS, Won AFC West
2010 – (4-12)
McDaniels
Xanders
2009 – (8-8)
McDaniels
Xanders
2008 – (8-8)
Shanahan
Asst GM’s – Goodman’s, Xanders

 Detroit (18-46) 1-3 / 1 Playoff  President Tom Lewand

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (10-6)*
Schwartz
Mayhew
2010 – (6-10)
Schwartz
Mayhew
2009 – (2-14)
Schwartz
Mayhew
2008 – (0-16)
Marinelli
Millen, Mayhew

 Indianapolis (38-26) 3-1 / 3 Playoffs  Owner/CEO Jim Irsay

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (2-14)
Caldwell
C Polian (Grigson in 2012)
Manning’s injury
2010 – (10-6)*
Caldwell
C Polian
2009 – (14-2)*
Caldwell
C Polian
B Polian, President
2008 – (12-4)*
Dungy
B Polian

 Jacksonville (25-39) 0-4  Chairman/CEO Shahid Khan (1st season)

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (5-11)
Del Rio (Mularkey in 2012)
Smith
Tucker, interim 2011
2010 – (8-8)
Del Rio
Smith
2009 – (7-9)
Del Rio
Smith
2008 – (5-11)
Del Rio
None

Kansas City (23-41) 1-3 / 1 Playoff  Chairman/CEO Clark Hunt  President Mark Donovan

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (7-9)
Haley (Crennel in 2012)
Pioli
Crennel, interim 2011
2010 – (10-6)*
Haley
Pioli
2009 – (4-12)
Haley
Pioli
2008 – (2-14)
Ewards
Peterson

 Miami (31-33) 1-3 / 1 Playoff  Chairman Stephen Ross  CEO Mike Dee

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (6-10)
Sparano  (Philbin in 2012)
Ireland
2010 – (7-9)
Sparano
Ireland
2009 – (7-9)
Sparano
Ireland
Parcells EVP FTBL OPS
2008 – (11-5)*
Sparano
Ireland’s 1st season
Parcells EVP FTBL OPS

 Oakland (26-38) 0-4  Chief Executive Amy Trask

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (8-8)
Jackson (Allen in 2012)
McKenzie in 2012
2010 – (8-8)
Cable
None
2009 – (5-11)
Cable
None
2008 – (5-11)
Kiffin, Cable
None

 Philadelphia (38-26) 3-1 / 3 Playoffs  President Joe Banner

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (8-8)
Reid
Roseman
2010 – (10-6)*
Reid
Roseman
2009 – (11-5)*
Reid
Heckert
2008 – (9-6-1)*
Reid
Heckert

 San Francisco (34-30) 1-3 / 1 Playoff  President/CEO Jed York

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (13-3)*
Harbaugh
Baalke
Lost NFC Championship
2010 – (6-10)
Singletary,
S McCloughan, Baalke
2009 – (8-8)
Singletary
S McCloughan
2008 – (7-9)
Nolan, Singletary
S McCloughan

 Seattle (23-41) 0-4 / 1 Playoff  President Peter McLoughlin

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (7-9)
Carroll
Schneider
2010 – (7-9)*
Carroll
Schneider
Won the NFC West at 7-9
2009 – (5-11)
Mora
Ruskell, Webster
2008 – (4-12)
Holmgren
Ruskell

 St Louis (12-52) 0-4  Chairman Stan Kroenke  Exec VP of Football Ops/COO Kevin Demoff

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (2-14)
Spagnuolo (Fisher in 2012)
Devaney
2010 – (7-9)
Spagnuolo
Devaney
2009 – (1-15)
Spagnuolo
Devaney
2008 – (2-14)
Haslett, Linehan
Zygmunt, Devaney

 Tampa Bay (26-38) 1-3  Owner/President Malcolm Glazer

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (4-12)
Morris (Schiano in 2012)
Dominik
2010 – (10-6)
Morris
Dominik
2009 – (3-13)
Morris
Dominik
2008 – (9-7)
Gruden
Allen

 Tennessee (36-28) 2-2 / 1 Playoff  Owner/President Bud Adams  Executive VP/COO Mike Reinfeldt

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (9-7)
Munchak
Reinfeldt (Webster in 2012)
Reinfeldt EVP/COO 2012
2010 – (6-10)
Fisher
Reinfeldt
2009 – (8-8)
Fisher
Reinfeldt
2008 – (13-3)*
Fisher
Reinfeldt

 Washington (23-41) 0-4  Owner Daniel Snyder

Year – Record
Head Coach
General Manager
Other
2011 – (5-11)
Shanahan
Allen
2010 – (6-10)
Shanahan
Allen
2009 – (4-12)
Zorn
Allen
2008 – (8-8)
Zorn
Cerrato
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