General Managers in demand

With at least six teams possibly looking for new GMs, these names should be on every owner's list.

Updated: December 17, 2003, 9:51 AM ET
By Nolan Nawrocki | Pro Football Weekly
With the season nearing an end and the Falcons' firing of Dan Reeves setting in motion the wheel of change, a lot of attention is being given to the head-coaching jobs that could be available after the season. As many as 12 head coaches will feel their job security threatened, but little attention will be given to arguably a more important position -- general manager.

Behind every championship franchise is a savvy general manager, looking under every rock for talent, figuring out how to balance the roster and supply talent to fit the schemes of its coaching staff. The importance of the position should not be overlooked. The Giants never got far in the playoffs until George Young reconstructed the organization and put the pieces in place that led them to two Super Bowl championships in five years. Before Ron Wolf was hired in Green Bay, the last time the Packers had been to the Super Bowl was in the days of Vince Lombardi. Wolf rebuilt the franchise, hiring one of the finest coaching staffs ever assembled and securing the talent to field two consecutive Super Bowl teams and restore pride to Lambeau Field.

For every hot coaching prospect, there are qualified talent evaluators who could be more important to winning championships. General managers inspire and set the tone not just for the team, but for the entire franchise as well, and where great GMs are concerned, they often serve as a vital sounding board and valuable mentor for head coaches.

At least six teams could have new general managers in the very near future, including Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Baltimore, Minnesota and both New York teams.