Originally Posted by CIWhitefish
This reminds me of something that has always bothered me. I am not saying Jerry is good or bad because he's both. However, I have never understood why Jerry doesn't at least get credit for his experience. He's been GM since he bought the team so I would say he does have a background in talent acquistion today. One can argue his effectiveness but he's had to learn something about the process in his time as GM, no? I agree that being owner and GM is not the best way to go and having someone who is only the GM would be preferrable. However I have not subscribed to the "football guy" or "background/experience" argument.
I guess I don't give him credit for that because I don't think he's ever actually worked at it. By that, I mean I don't think he's spent a lot of time watching film, going on the road or actually working underneath someone that could mentor him in that process.
If you install yourself as GM, without having taken those steps along the way to gain that experience, you'll do things your own way and you'll never really learn the basics.
So, yes, he's been a GM for a long time. But has he ever gone out on the road to a Pro Day or do a game to do any scouting? There are GMs in the league now that still do that.