This is his second tour of duty with the Hawks. He was director of player personnel back in 2000. He has spent the past 8 seasons with the Green Bay Packers as a personnel analyst to the GM. In 2008 he was named director of football operations for the Packers.
I have to admit, it pains me to see someone 3 years my senior taking on a role as cool as GM of a professional football team. I guess I am just now entering that age. Plus, with the youth movement occurring in the NFL and other professional sports, more of this is bound to happen. John has been involved in NFL front offices since 1992.
John has challenges ahead. We have an aging Walter Jones that needs to be addressed before he retires and leaves us high and dry. We also have questionable leadership at the quarterback position. I am not sure if this is an issue from the head coach movement over the past 2 seasons. Regardless of the reason, it needs to be addressed. Either an attitude adjust on Matt’s part, or a total changing of the guard. Again, Seneca Wallace is NOT the answer. He has showed moments of greatness, but overall is not a #1 quarterback in the NFL.
Another point of weakness that I see is the running back post. It would be nice to have some consistent play in this role, rather than a total running back by committee. Even though, RBBC appears to be another growing NFL trend.
Basically, we need every position to be placed under a microscope and figure out the best way to spend our April picks. Good luck John.