We have had horrible GM’s for the last 33 years (except for Walsh/McVay = A+). McCloughan was actually the BEST GM we had during that time (except Walsh); which isn’t saying much. Clark, Policy and Donahue were so bad that many fans have lowered the bar very low and are easily pleased with an average GM. Therefore McCloughan seems good, compared to the mostly garbage GM’s that we had, even though he is average. However, I do think that McC is an excellent scout, he just ‘peter principled’ and he is over his head as GM.
McCloughan (2008-2010): C+/B-
Nolan (2005-2007): C
Donahue (~~2001-2004): D
Dwight Clark / Carmen Policy (~~1993-1998): D
Bill Walsh / McVay (~~1978-1994): A+
Joe Thomas (1977-78): F-
It’s bad timing, but after the draft, there will be many good GM candidates available. Here are ten mostly younger candidates ‘on the rise’:
Doug Whaley: Pro personnel coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Mark Dominik: Tampa Bay director of pro personnel
Brian Gaine: Assistant director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins.
Scott Studwell: Director of college scouting for the Minnesota Vikings.
Steve Keim: AZ Cardinals player personnel director
Eric DeCosta: Ravens personnel man
John Schneider: Green Bay Packers football operations director
John Dorsey: Director of college scouting for the Green Bay Packers.
Ron Hughes: College scouting coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.