Running Backwards: The NFL GM Story

People who are well compensated to do things should be better at doing those things than people who are compensated less. Should being the operative word. Alas this is America, Jack. What you get and you deserve are rarely in sync here. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the NFL Front Office, where year after year I become increasingly convinced that a team would be better off letting their Twitter followers make personnel decisions.

Should we trade LeSean McCoy? RT for Yes, FAV for No.

Case Keenum or #NAH?

1000 RTs and we’ll keep Jim Harbaugh!

You get the point. Which makes you the complete opposite of NFL owners who completely don’t get the point. Owners are people who are good enough at other things in life to buy a franchise .That in no way makes them qualified to run a franchise, which is why they hire people to run their teams for them. The problem with this is because the owners have no idea how to run a team they also have no idea if their team is being run well. At the end of the day they are basically writing checks and hoping for the best.

Robert Kraft

The best is not coming. NFL front offices have continued to make increasingly worse decisions simply because they have the ability to make increasingly worse decisions. They cannot appropriately value players. They cannot appropriately manage the salary cap. They cannot identify and hire quality coaches. They are basically all sham artists. This year has blown past prior years of sucky and stupid decisions and we haven’t even gotten our first free agent signing yet! How is this possible?

The biggest issue with NFL GMs is that they assume that they are smarter than everyone. This is never the case. They are no better or worse than their peers in any aspect of their jobs. NFL GMs all start on a level playing field. They get themselves into trouble when they begin to act on their false intellectual advantage and begin evaluating players, often by making the determination who should they sign and who should they let walk.

This is how the RB position becomes devalued. This is how TEs wind up getting paid like WRs and how WRs become the highest paid guy on the team behind the QB. All due to dumb people doing even dumber things.

There was exactly one RB that ran for more than 100 yards a game in 2014. Uno. At the same time there were four WR that had 100 receiving yards per game. There were 13 1000-yard rushers in 2014 and 23 1000-yard Receivers (two of whom were TEs). You might think that this is because the league is moving to more and more passing oriented offenses. You would be mistaken. Of the 13 RBs, three averaged 5.0 yards per carry or better yet all of them had fewer than 15 carries a game. That is insane. That is idiotic. That is what happens when you let people make decisions based of an Excel spreadsheet.

This is why Shady McCoy is in Buffalo and CJ Spiller is not in Buffalo. It’s why Jim Harbaugh is in Ann Arbor and not San Francisco. It’s why signing Dez Bryant was a bigger priority than signing DeMarco Murray,  despite gaining nearly 900 fewer yards in 2014. Of all the big names to change teams this year we may have a record number of teams cutting ties with RBs, the players that at one point were the life’s blood any successful team. NFL GMs are poised to make this offseason the worst in history in terms of cap cuts and salary dumps. Free agency should be highly entertaining if nothing else.

Demarco Murray

Unless you were hoping for smart moves from your GM that is.

 

 

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Behold! NHL Trade Deadline is NIGH!

Nigh….as in soon to come? Whatever. Stay in school kids. The NHL trade deadline is Monday, March 2nd. In years past the trade deadline has been the object of much excitement and trepidation amongst fans for various reasons. It always brings out the armchair GMs who don’t approve of prospects given up for “over the hill has beens” to make a playoff run or they think the return for an outgoing veteran was too low. My favorites are the fans who think a 3rd pair defenseman, a middling prospect and a 2nd round draft pick will land you a top 6 winger or top 2 d-man.

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The Way It Still Is

 

Chapter 4: Geniuses Need Not Apply

According to the mythology in which they swaddle the minds of their customers and employees, the owners of major-league baseball are philanthropist. These dedicated men and women are custodians of a great tradition, the slightest neglect of which would plunge the entire United States into degradation.  Continue reading The Way It Still Is

Beauty and The Best -Ronda Rousey

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If you would have told me 10 years ago that the baddest fighter on the planet would be a female I would have laughed at you. Then to top it all off you say ” she is is also one of the sexiest girls in sports” I would ask for your drug dealers number. Continue reading Beauty and The Best -Ronda Rousey

Mixed Reactions to MLB Pace of Game Initiatives

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Even though temperatures aren’t exactly heating up yet across the country, temperatures are just right for MLB spring training. Unfortunately, blood pressure is also on the rise for fan’s and player’s due to the new pace of game initiatives. Continue reading Mixed Reactions to MLB Pace of Game Initiatives

Going Green, Part 1: Melo, AP, Combine Chatter and NFL in LA

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Going Green is a new feature here at AGSH. Veair Green and Sonja Greenfield will put their heads together to give you some great insight on basketball, football, baseball and who knows what else you will get from Green and Greenfield.

So without further adieu here’s the first round of Going Green. Start us off Sonja!

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NFL Mockery Draft v1.1: Mockageddon!!!

When last we left our Mockery Draft:

  • Left Shark was still a thing
  • Dez Bryant hadn’t yet developed a sudden if not downright mysteriously convenient onset of “off the field issues”
  • Buffalo Wild Wings hideous new Buttery Maple sauce hadn’t been released upon the unsuspecting public
  • There was still time to decide to never, and I mean EVER, watch 50 Shades of Grey

Those days are gone my friends. Today we pick up the pieces and press forward with Part II of the Mockery Draft.  Continue reading NFL Mockery Draft v1.1: Mockageddon!!!