Even the great coaches will pork a draft because they look for specific players to do specific things, like block a specific DE in their division or slow down a TE that beat them up once. Belichick and Parcells come immediately to mind. It's the GM who had to assert the long range view and get players that can stay on the field for ten years. You give the coach a choice between two DEs you've scouted, or two RBs on your board maybe, but you can't let him dictate to you what players he wants if it contradicts the long-term plan.
You need a long term plan. And most likely a HC and GM need to come to an agreement on what that longterm plan is or isn't. Some coaches are good at adapting, others not so much. But if a coach is building a certain kind of team with certain kinds of players,
a GM shouldn't just go out and draft players that don't fit into that system at all or players who can't adapt to that system.
I mean, even look at the QB position. If you're running an old school Oakland Raiders long ball offense and the GM fights to draft a guy like Sanchez or Pennington, how is that having a plan? That plan is a plan to get a coach fired and replace them with a new coach who fits into that GMs system. Except the GM isn't a coach and shouldn't be. So if they start building their own plan for the future without ever caring what coach is in place, you wind up like the Chargers and AJ Smith. Overrated and eventually fall into hell because you wind up with a coach who has no balls. And it becomes the reverse of what happened with Rex Ryan and Tanny. And still, you don't win.
A GM and HC need some kind of plan together. You need two guys who have balls. Two guys who can adapt and change. Two guys who aren't afraid of the owner, aren't afraid of each other. Thats when a real successful plan can be built. If you have a GM and HC who just bump heads and never agree to anything, you wind up with nothing. Because that HC needs to know how to use the players a GM likes and drafts. Otherwise you wind up with guys like Tebow who are nothing but distractions who never even play and are a waste of picks, time, and a roster spot.
Edited by pedro55, 30 January 2013 - 03:20 PM.