4. Jerry Reese
Has he hit on every draft pick or free agent? Absolutely not, and the misses are constantly brought up on New York sports talk shows. But the reality of the situation is that Reese has assembled two Super Bowl winning rosters with the Giants; that ain’t bad. And perhaps even more importantly, he’s shown the fortitude to stick with his head coach, as Tom Coughlin has been in the media crosshairs more than anyone else.
3. Les Snead
He’s built what is arguably the best defense in the NFL, even if most people haven’t had a chance to watch them play, and it’s been done with young talent brought to St. Louis via the draft. That’s because Snead is a) great at stockpiling picks (thanks in part to the Redskins) and b) amazing at evaluating talent (he doesn’t miss with his top choices). Now, he just needs to find a quarterback who can guide the Rams to the playoffs.