Successful NFL teams rely on a symbiotic relationship between their players, coaches and front office. And no person in an organization can influence its future as much as a general manager.
It is hard to sustain success for long periods of time in the NFL. Everything has to work seamlessly. From the coaching staff developing players to the scouting staff properly identifying players to fill needs and fit schemes, every department is important to sustained success.
The most important person to what a team accomplishes, however, is the general manager.
The GM is responsible for overseeing the draft, signing free agents and conducting trades. The good ones work well with their coaching staff to find the players who fit what the coaches want to do on the field. Generally, that means drafting well and being a smart spender in free agency.
Here are the Top 5 General Managers who have their respective teams set up for success not only right now, but for the foreseeable future as well.