We’ve gone through the All-NFC-West offenses and defenses so far, where I forgot to add notable names like Rodney Hudson and Chandler Jones. Today, we’ll talk about the top decision-makers in the division, where I won’t omit anyone.
Let’s start with the gentlemen who are in charge of personnel, the general managers. 49ers GM John Lynch took over a roster that was laughable in terms of talent and has since turned the Niners into one of the most loaded rosters in the NFL. But, as is the case with every team, Lynch has whiffed on free agents and draft picks.
Lynch and the 49ers' biggest risks have been signing players with an injury history. As you know, those have rarely worked out. Kwon Alexander had an extensive injury history, and he couldn’t outrun that during his short time in the Bay Area.
Jerick McKinnon not only missed multiple seasons, but he didn’t look the same as he did in ‘17 with the Vikings. Those are two players, but the list is long. Lynch has hit on numerous Day 3 picks and gems like Fred Warner during the draft or trading for a starting offensive lineman for a seventh-round pick, like Laken Tomlinson.
The other three general managers in the division are Les Snead of the Rams, John Schneider of the Seahawks, and Steve Keim of the Cardinals. Each GM operates differently.
Snead isn’t big on using his first-round picks, but that hasn’t prevented Los Angeles from being successful. While they don’t have many young players on the roster, the Rams have “gone all-in” using trades and spending big. It’s helped them field the best defense in the NFL.
San Francisco north is poised to start a few former 49ers this season. But, by in large, Seattle has been below average drafting. DK Metcalf falling into their laps at the end of the second round in 2019 is not something you get credit for.
It took Keim selecting Andy Isabella two selections before and the Chiefs, Eagles, and Colts selecting different wideouts starting at pick No. 56, when Metcalf went No. 64.
Schneider drafted Rashaad Penny in the first round of 2018, and he hasn’t come close to seventh-rounder Chris Carson’s production. On the other hand, Seattle has made big splashes, like trading for Jamal Adams and left tackle Duane Brown. It’s tough to tell what exactly their plan is at times, but the Seahawks always find a way to win.
Speaking of having a plan, Keim is all over the place. Keim hasn’t done a great job of surrounding Kyler Murray with weapons. His two second-round receivers, Isabella and Christian Kirk haven’t been anywhere near as productive as most young wideouts who have entered the league in recent years. Let’s see if Rondale Moore is any different. To Keim’s credit, they haven’t stopped swinging for the fences, and landing DeAndre Hopkins covers up for the other two. Who knows what A.J. Green will give
Who is the best GM in the NFC West?
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John Lynch - 49ers
Steve Keim - Cardinals
Les Snead - Rams
John Schneider- Seahawks
The Cardinals had added veteran castoffs upfront before Hudson came to town. On the other side of the ball, Jones is a premier edge rusher, while J.J Watt remains an elite player; you just don’t know how many games he’ll play.
Arizona hit a home run in Budda Baker, but they have yet to figure out that the secondary and in the trenches are what wins in the NFL. Unfortunately, their offensive line and secondary investments have been questionable at best, which is why they faded last season.
Who is the best GM in the NFC West?
We’ll talk about head coaches in the division on Friday.