The day of Angelo's firing, a Chicago Tribune writer suggested the Bears consider Bill Polian as their first option. Others followed.
Classic cases of valuing name over performance.
Polian has assembled the Colts much like Angelo has assembled the Bears: an injury to the starting quarterback dooms the entire season.
What's more, Polian's first-round draft record since 2005 has been just as bad as Angelo's:
- CB Marlin Jackson (2005)
- RB Joseph Addai (2006)
- WR Anthony Gonzalez (2007)
- RB Donald Brown (2009)
- DE Jerry Hughes (2010)
- OT Anthony Castonzo (2011)
The Packers, on the other hand, have nailed most of their first-round picks in that same time period:
- QB Aaron Rodgers (2005)
- LB A.J. Hawk (2006)
- DT Dustin Harrell (2007)
- DT B.J. Raji (2009) & Clay Matthews
- OT Bryan Baluga
- OT Derek Sherrod
The Packers' Director of Football Operations is Reggie McKenzie. He too is a growing "name" you may start hearing about during the Bears' search.
But his emphasis is on free agents. Drafts are more important than free agents because every year, teams usually draft more players than they sign free agents. And drafted players, being young, are the lifeblood and future of the team.
Beware the name when considering GM candidates.
(This would, by the way, also exclude Angelo's buddy Tim Ruskell, who is a "name" since he was President of Football Operations in Seattle, but whose draft performance there was unimpressive.)
On the other hand, John Dorsey is not a name you would likely know, but he is the Director of College Scouting for the Packers. He is the primary force behind the Packers' draft list you just read, and his draft philosophy is sound.
Go for accomplishment, not name recognition.