I respect the idea that we need to keep the GM and coaching jobs seperate. I think that's a very sound approach to take and the only reason I'm in favor of violating it is in the pursuit of Bill Cowher, who is absolutely everything we've been looking for as the face of a franchise. Hard-line, family-man, xs and os. defense, offense, the works.
If we don't get Cowher because he decides to hang out in North Carolina with his daughters another year, no biggie. If we don't get him because the lure of the New York gig was too much, I'll be glad because that's not what I think Cowher is. If we don't get him because the Lions offer him everything he could ever want and more money than God, I'll wish him good luck and be fine with it.
What I will not be okay with is if we lose out on Cowher because the Broncos get him.
Imagine having to play Cowher twice a year for a half-decade with a franchise quarterback and a solid group of personnel. You know what it's like trying to get over the hump with Cowher on your schedule twice a year? Go ask the Browns or the Bengals.
I know that Hunt wants to exercise due dilligence and pick the right guy for the job. But we're going to lose out on most of the top candidates if we don't get a move on. We'll end up stuck with someone that wasn't our first, second, or third pick. And that's been our MO for too long. Clark Hunt, if you have a plan, execute it. If not, go get Cowher on a plane.