The proof is in the pudding in terms of McCloughan's approach.
McCloughan and Nolan took over a 2-14 franchise in 2005 and went about rebuilding it using the "bigger is better" approach. 5 seasons later, Mc is still looking for his first winning season.
By contrast, Sean Payton took over a 3-13 team in 2006. In that same year, he went 10-6 with a team built around speed, the big play and one of the shortest QBs in the game, and is now a Super Bowl champion.
Now, that doesn't mean the "bigger is better" philosophy can't work (look at Pitt and the Giants), but specifically, McCloughan's way of going about it has failed miserably.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Mar 1, 2010 at 22:28:53 ]