Bill is one of the best GMs in the game but I think you can also make arguments for other GMs being in the picture. Bottom line any team that has won multiple super bowls has a good GM - unlike even the NBA you just can't luck or BS your way into enough great players to win it all multiple times without being a great GM. I'd say getting to the championship game and winning a Super Bowl could be enough.
BB is in that conversation, so is Ravens GM, Giants GM, Steelers GM. You can't argue with those team's results. Packers GM also. Woiuld have to give other NFC teams more thought.
So I'd give Bill a 1.5. However, he is not infallible as a GM and warrants criticism at certain points. Again I will judge the team by results not by the offseason in the end, but it's fair to say for now BB the GM has had a very rough offseason. I won't go through all the screw ups as I've made the case before.
Rusty, I get too frustrated with your Belichick is better than Lombardi, Brady cost us two Super Bowls and can't play in the postseason anymore schtick to argue with it except with potshots.
But I will say this: your entire argument falls apart because if BB is that good a coach, and Brady is costing his team, then you take action. You bench him for a series of plays, bring in a Tebow type to run goal line or running plays, whatever it is. You get control of your team back.
So your argument caves totally in on itself. if BB is good as you say then he has to get control of Brady. You can argue Belichick is a great coach/GM and Brady is overrated, but you simply can't say that BB is an all time great coash and not hold him accountable for QB related decisions.
That's not even taking into account that from what I know of the facts it doesn't work that way. But even if Brady was out of control, BB still has the power to yank him. Your argument has a huge logic flaw.
My argument doesn't because I blame the entire team for our losses (though different games would cause different levels of blame). I also make the case that in todays' NFL, you can't have a Brad Johnson type QB and a shut down defense and win. Offensive rules have shifted too much.
But: somewhere between 6-10 teams have a quarterback good enough to win it all. Maybe 12. Defense comes into play much more significantly in the post season. Mobile quarterbacks and running game to some extent as well.
Where you have a partial point on Brady is that he is no longer #1 or #2 in the postseason. Mostly because the value of mobility for a QB has gone up, and Brady's own mobility has decreased even from its limited point. And yes, since the lost year he is just a bit more skittish.
He's stil plenty good enough to win it all though. He does, however, need to be surrounded by more game changes at offense and defense skill positions. And that's why BB's bad offseason couldn't have been timed any worse.
But - I'll be happy to be proven wrong about BB's offseason if we make a deep playoff run into 2014.
Post of the Year Nomination. I concur. Really, after reading this clear and consice analysis, if Rusty doesnt drop his agenda, he never will. Bravo!!!!