I was going to wait till later to drop this, but with the Browns going real hard after Pioli and other teams looking for a GM, we may have to move faster than we had hoped. Five names have been linked to the Chief’s GM job. They are: Scott Pioli (Pats VP of Personnel), George Kokinis (Ravens pro personnel director), Eric DeCosta (Ravens college scouting director), Chris Polian (Colts assistant GM) and Phil Savage (former Browns GM).
Other than Savage, the choices all look solid. Pioli is the hottest name and with good reason. He does have ties to the Browns and they are the odds on favorite to land him. Working with this list, my choice is: Eric DeCosta.
Eric is one of the brightest young minds in the game today and is rooted in college player evaluation. He is extremely smart earning Deans list at Colby College and a Masters from Trinity. He was named one of the most powerful people in sports under the age of 35. He was the only football guy listed.
It’s not enough to just bring in one guy at the top and expect this to work. Folks working under him need to be on the same page. Accordingly, I would expect Eric to, in the words of Emmitt Smith, debacle the Ravens. He should know the Raven’s scouting personnel extremely well. Finding another young hot shot there to become our Director of College scouting, plus raiding a few scouts would be a great start.
The new head coach needs to be with the program to. Like Adam, I am staying in the same organization for my new head coach. My choice has been paying for his last name for years. It’s time to give this man his due. Eric should bring Rex Ryan over to be our new head coach. Rex is a fine defensive coordinator. Before becoming a defensive coordinator, he coached defensive line.
On a side note, these moves could open the door for some current Raven defensive players (Suggs among others) to come over to the red and gold.
OK Addicts, have at it. DeCosta and Ryan are the Merlin picks. What do you think?