Winning doesn’t happen by accident. The best NFL teams are able to win games because they have the best players and coaches.
Good teams don’t come together by natural selection like some kind of primordial NFL soup—that only happens in the NBA. NFL teams are put together by front offices, and the best ones are able to consistently find the talent (including players, coaches and scouts) needed to win on a regular basis.
It’s not a stretch to say the best NFL teams also have the best front offices. Good teams win in the regular season, and better ones also win in the playoffs. But the best teams are able to sustain that kind of success over a long period of time.
In order to decide which front offices are the best in the NFL, I used a simple formula which includes the number of years each general manager has held the position (with some adjustments), wins per year, playoff wins per year under the leadership of each general manager, and bonus points for winning the Super Bowl and developing other NFL general managers.
It’s not a perfect rating system, but it’s also not totally arbitrary. Each metric is measuring something important about the role the front office plays within an organization.
The following eight front offices are the best according to the formula.