There is very little patience exercised by owners in today's NFL. Last year, six teams (Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland, Denver and Tennessee) chose to bring in new general managers after the conclusion of the season. Eight weeks into the 2012 NFL season, frustrations are ripe amongst certain owners and fan bases, indicating more changes are going to come.
When teams are not meeting expectations, changes are sure to come. Typically, said changes begin small with minor personal changes. Teams that continue may choose to change quarterbacks or fire coaches. In more serious situations, when a team really wants to revamp their losing culture, the general manager is sent packing. This was the case in Carolina last week, when the Panthers fired longstanding general manager Matt Hurney after only six games.
During the process of reviewing the performance of a general manager, all offseason transactions are evaluated from free agent acquisitions to draft selections. The grace period general managers once had for rebuilding a franchise has dissipated in recent years based on the increased impact of rookie players, especially at the quarterback position. Now more than ever, general managers feel the pressure exerted by owners and fans to win immediately.
Due to these increased expectations, the trend of fluctuation at the general manager position will continue during and after this season. After eight weeks, here are the general managers who find themselves on the proverbial hot seat.