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    Executive Decisions: Ranking the front offices in the NFL

    [size=18px]Executive Decisions: Ranking the front offices in the NFL[/size]

    By Chris Harry
    THE ORLANDO SENTINEL

    07/19/2006


    Rank . . . team . . . executive voice . . . the buzz

    1.. . . Pittsburgh* . . . Bill Cowher . . . Dan Rooney's steady hand keeps the franchise grounded in its principles.

    2. . . .Carolina . . . Marty Hurney . .. Panthers' moves always measured and sound. Not bad for a former sportswriter.

    3. . .. New England* . . . Bill Belichick . . . Patriots will contend, but how could they let Adam Vinatieri go?

    4. ... Seattle . .. Tim Ruskell .. . Re-signed the right guys and went to the Super Bowl. Not bad for first year.

    5. . . . Philadelphia* . . Andy Reid . . . Eagles sold their soul for Terrell Owens - and paid dearly for it.

    6. . . . Denver* . .. Mike Shanahan . .. . No losing seasons since John Elway retired.

    7. . .. Atlanta . . . Rich McKay . .. . Wherever McKay is in charge, there always will be a well-thought-out plan.

    8. . .. Indianapolis . .. Bill Polian . . . His teams always contend, but Colts are strapped by QB's contract.

    9. . .. N.Y. Giants . . . Ernie Accorsi . . . Saved some of his best work for past couple of years. Expected to retire in 2007.

    10. . . . Tampa Bay . . . Bruce Allen . . . Learned from abysmal first season and got Jon Gruden's confidence, too.

    11. . . .Washington* . . . Joe Gibbs . .. . Redskins still overpay, but Gibbs has neutered owner Dan Snyder.

    12. . .. Dallas . . . Jerry Jones . . . Hard to believe Bill Parcells agreed with gamble to sign Terrell Owens.

    13. . . . Miami* . . . Nick Saban . .. Saban is power hungry, but the Dolphins appear to have a plan now.

    14. . . . Kansas City . . . Carl Peterson . . . Doubtful new coaching staff can get same explosive results on offense.

    15. . . . Baltimore .. . Ozzie Newsome . . . Kyle Boller draft pick set Ravens back years.

    16. . . . San Diego . . . A.J. Smith . . . They've been lucky with some tough decisions. Now comes Philip Rivers.

    17. . . . Chicago . . . Jerry Angelo . .. Bears are one of the league's most unpredictable teams each year.

    18. . . . Jacksonville . . . Paul Vance . . . Those three first-round wide receivers are looking dubious right now.

    19. . . . Cleveland . . . Phil Savage . . . Seems to be building the right way, but is Charlie Frye the future at QB?

    20. . . . N.Y. Jets . . . Mike Tannenbaum . . . First-year GM used first draft to fortify bad offensive line. Solid.

    21. . . . Cincinnati* . . . Marvin Lewis . . . Playoffs, yes, but disturbing trend with character issues.

    22. . . . Tennessee . . . Floyd Reese . . . Cap problems, talent problems and now draft-day gambles.

    23. . . . Rams . . . Jay Zygmunt . . . This team is in a major transition, but it has maintained that offense. Again.

    24. . . . Arizona . . . Rod Graves . . . They're trying, but they're still the Cardinals. Blame the Bidwill family.

    25. . . . New Orleans . . . Mickey Loomis . .. Signed Drew Brees and knew enough to draft Reggie Bush.

    26. . . . Minnesota* . . . Brad Childress . . . First-year coach and decision-maker did some house cleaning.

    27. . .. Green Bay . . .Ted Thompson . . . What are they doing up there in Wisconsin?

    28.. . . San Francisco* . . . Mike Nolan . .. Lots of No. 1 picks have gone, with not much coming in.

    29. . . . Oakland . . . Al Davis . . . Aaron Brooks? The old man has lost it.

    30. . . . Houston* . . . Gary Kubiak . . . Texans proved rudderless under Charley Casserly, too.

    31. . . . Buffalo . . . Marv Levy . . . The 87-year-old owner hires an 80-year-old to rebuild the team. Wow.

    32. . . . Detroit . . . Matt Millen . .. . Averaging nearly 12 defeats per season in Millen's five years.

    * Denotes coach (rather than a general manager, executive vice president or other front-office administrator) is making the call.

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    Re: Executive Decisions: Ranking the front offices in the NFL

    Another clueless offseason article.

    'Hmm, who do I personally like in the NFL. Let me combine that with a pointless oneliner. That looks good lets print it.'

    It must have taken up to 15 min. to make that.

    To prove the point look at no. 5. He thinks philly made a bad move in TO, yet they are still 5th...

    Thanks to PPE for the sig.

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    Re: Executive Decisions: Ranking the front offices in the NFL

    Well, at least he got Detroit right.
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