Top 10 in 2014: The best general managers in the NFL today


2. John Schneider

A mini-dynasty is on deck in Seattle

Building a Super Bowl winning team is always a great résumé building. Doing it with a roster of young talent, many of who were late-round draft picks, is even more impressive. Yes, free agency will eventually start to take its toll on Seattle’s roster, just like it did the Cowboys in the early 1990s. But for now, Schneider has assembled a team that can be a mini-dynasty for a few years in the Pacific Northwest.

1. Ozzie Newsome

Newsome has done it twice in Baltimore

He’s built two different championship teams, as the Ravens’ titles were more than a decade apart. And he’s done it by sticking to his guns. He lets players leave when they are past their prime or not worth their inflated contracts. He retains guys who are a good fit for John Harbaugh’s system. And he consistently finds talent that fill needs to keep the Ravens roster stockpiled. He’s the best in the business in 2014.

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  1. Jerry Reese??! This writer DOES NOT follow the Giants. Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin won Reese two SBs with teams that had no business winning it all. They were underdogs both times! But he has an incredible big game QB and terrific coach. Reese paid them back by putting up a ridiculous Super Bowl countdown calendar in the locker room and giving Eli Manning a deteriorating Oline that completely collapsed last season. No other GM would dare put their super star QB behind that garbage. Unbelieveable! Without Eli, Reese would be no where near this list.

  2. This list is totally meaningless without Mickey Loomis of the Saints. He is by far the best GM in the NFL. After Katrina he put together a new team from scratch by getting Sean Payton and Drew Brees. They went to the NFC Championship that first year. And every year since, he’s been a magician at working the salary cap to get the most.

  3. The wizard of Ozzie fairy tale continues! How smart was it to sign Flacco to a contract that killed this team for years to come!As for Belicheck Playing in the weakest division in the N.F.L. for the last 20 years, He should win 11 games every year!

    • You’re an idiot. Joe was SB MVP just one year ago. Ravens were overhauled and still on the brink of the playoffs that they go to every year. Ozzie just took one year to rebuild a SB contender. Joe Flacco is way under-rated and Ozzie ios going to prove why he’s the best in the business when the Ravens win the SB this year. I love the hate and fear. Thanks for your stupidity, Vinnie.

    • Vinnie he was very smart for signing his franchise QB to that contract why not? The Ravens had no franchise QB before Flacco he fits the Ravens.

      • You are clueless. The reason Schneider is the best is because he can evaluate talent. Sherman was a 6th round pick, and is now the Best Corner in the league. Do your homework. He was the least thrown at, and still had the most interceptions last year. Schnieder resigned him, Bennett and Thomas, and with the increase in the salary cap next year, he will have plenty of room to resign Wilson. You need to get a grip.

  4. Les Snead? LMFAO, he’s built a one-dimensional front 4 and nothing else. Where is Trent Baalke? The man has loaded the 49ers for right now and for the future. The dude has drafted Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Navorro Bowman, Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Bruce Miller, Chris Culliver, Eric Reid, Tank Carradine, Marcus Lattimore, Carlos Hyde. Now onto trades and free agency: The dude traded Alex Smith for 2 2nd round picks which he turned into 5 picks, got Stevie Johnson from Buffalo for essentially nothing, shall I continue?

    • So he traded away his better QB. That’s why the 49ers will be competitive (Jim Harbaugh). But never win a SB. Go ask the Bengals about Dalton. They already have two QB’s waiting in the wings.

  5. In Baltimore we know all about Ozzie’s genius. So what he gave Flacco all that money? He gave him what the market dictated. What other GM has drafted 3 1st ballot hall of famers since 1996? No one other than The Wizard of Oz.