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Shawn Zobel
Draft Guru

Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

Harmony is key


The question of whether a general manager or head coach is more important to a team is one that I don't think can be answered; or it doesn't have a right answer. I personally think that each position is extremely important to the team and, to have success, you need to find the right relationship between the two parties. Finding players for the right schemes takes a coach to help; being able to find value at later points in the draft is where you need a general manager. There's no way that one position is more important than the other, because each position does something different to help the team win.

When you look at successful teams in the past decade, each team has had a general manager that has gelled with the head coach. Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli were the epitome of that in New England; Bill Polian and Tony Dungy also were a perfect example of this in Indianapolis. When you look at the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins, the reason why they were able to go from having the third and first pick in the 2008 draft, to being in the playoffs in the 2008 season, is because they both had a general manager and head coach that worked well together. Whether it was Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith or Bill Parcells and Tony Sparano, each pair knew what their visions were for the team and they were able to come together and build them.

The relationship between the general manager and the head coach is one that not enough people consider when looking at how teams are built up. Having a strong general manager, who can maneuver his way through the draft picking up key players, as well as a head coach who can put those players into the best possible situations to have success, is the key to winning a Super Bowl.

By Shawn Zobel  |  November 9, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  | Category:  Atlanta Falcons , Cleveland Browns , Coaching , Seattle Seahawks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Shawn Zobel --tell it to danny boy snyder!!!!!

Posted by: hansonharley1 | November 11, 2009 6:20 AM

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