Joined: 19 Jan 2005
|Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2005 11:56 pm Post subject: Who makes the decisions?
|Interesting piece from ESPN on who makes the decisions within each organization.
Charlie Casserly: Senior vice president and GM of football operations
Dom Capers: Head coach
• The Texans might have the largest scouting department in the NFL, and it gives them a distinct advantage in their coverage of players in free agency and the draft. They have nine college scouts who cover the country and three pro scouts who handle free agency and veteran organizations.
• It all starts with Charlie Casserly, who has all the power and makes all final decisions. He is still a guy who watches film and attends workouts, which allows him to make informed decisions.
• Dan Ferens handles the salary cap, and although he is not a real football guy, he does a solid job.
• The trio of veteran pro scouts -- Chuck Banker, Bobby Grier and Miller McCalmon -- does an excellent job of dividing up the league, and Casserly listens to their input.
• Mike Maccagnan runs the college scouting department, but neither he nor the college scouts are high-profile evaluators and their input is fairly minimal.
• The coaching staff has a voice but not decision-making power, but Dom Capers seems to be on the same page as Casserly and they appear to have a good working relationship, especially on the pro side.
• The Texans had almost two years to set up this scouting department before they ever played a game, but they haven't seemed to take full advantage of it. However, they are very meticulous in their decisions, and because they have such expanded exposure to players, they don't make a lot of character mistakes and do dig some late-round gems out on draft day.
• This is not a front office that takes a lot of risks or gambles in both free agency and the draft. The Texans let the process come to them, and they rely on their preparation to make smart final decisions.
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