Recent NFL Ownership Transitions Year Team GM replaced

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PITTSBURGH -- The pick: The Pittsburgh Steelers threw a curveball in the middle of the first round when they picked Ryan Shazier No. 15 overall. Most mock drafts had the Steelers addressing cornerbk or wide receiver with their first-round pick Preston Brown Womens Jersey , and Michigan State cornerbk Darqueze Dennard was on the board when the Steelers opted to bolster their linebker corps. Shazier is an inside linebker who can "flat out fly," general manager Kevin Colbert said. Shazier started 29 consecutive games at outside linebker for Ohio State, but the 6-foot, 237-pounder will move inside in the Steelers' 3-4 defense. He recorded 315 career tkles, 14 sks and 44½ tkles for losses. "Quite frankly, the young man's got no holes," Steelers coh Mike Tomlin said.My take: The Steelers didn't address one of their most pressing needs by passing over Dennard, but they turned inside linebker into a strength and added speed to a defense that needs more of it. Shazier is fast enough and versatile enough for the Steelers to move around the field and Colbert said he has the capability to get after the quarterbk. I like the pick if Shazier is the difference-maker Colbert and Tomlin are convinced he will be at the next level. And if they can find cornerbks later in the draft who address their most glaring need.What might have been: Word is that the Steelers really liked North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, and he may well have been their pick had the Lions not taken him at No. 10 overall. Ebron, who caught 62 passes for 973 yards and three touchdowns last season, would have provided Steelers quarterbk Ben Roethlisberger with a tall, athletic target, as well as a future suessor to Heath Miller. The Steelers have had the 15th overall pick three times since 1991, and all three times they have used it on a linebker. They picked Lawrence Timmons No. 15 overall in 2007.What's next: The Steelers have the 46th and 97th picks in the second and third round, respectively, Friday night. They figure to take a cornerbk with one of these picks and perhaps a wide receiver. There are enough good wide receivers in this draft that the Steelers can probably still get a good one after the third round if they want to wait.At the risk of sounding like a cinematic preview Tyrod Taylor Womens Jersey , we'll start here: What would you do if you knew you would be fired within the year? How would you act? What decisions would you make? How much would your risk tolerance rise?

As the NFL draft approaches, there are key employees of one franchise who can and should be asking those questions. The Buffalo Bills have been in a unique transition period since owner Ralph Wilson's death in March. Wilson's family has opted against inheriting the team, the search for a buyer is well underway and a daunting industry precedent faces its current decision-makers.

Recent NFL Ownership Transitions Year Team GM replaced Coach replaced 2012 CLE 2012 2012 2012 JAC 2012 2012 2009 MIA 2010 2011 2005 MIN 2006 2006 The chart illustrates repercussions of the past four NFL teams to be sold, not including family inheritances. In summary: The general managerpersonnel director and coach were replaced within a year in seven of eight possible instances. (In the eighth, the Miami Dolphins botched an attempt to hire Jim Harbaugh, cornering themselves into another year with coach Tony Sparano in 2011.)

So if history can be a guide, Bills general manager Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone have a different long-term outlook than any other leadership duo in the NFL. Barring a dramatically improved 2014 season, they won't have one. Sooner rather than later, new owners install their own handpicked decision-makers, largely independent of performance or reputation. (The most dramatic example: Jerry Jones firing Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry in 1989.)

I'm fascinated to see how the Bills approach this week's draft, a time when teams implement their long view. Will Whaley and Marrone act conventionally and in essence build for another regime's future? Or will they take some risks and think in unconventional ways, whether they are motivated by self-preservation or simply the freedom from consequence?

That's why I was more intrigued than I was shocked during Tuesday's NFL Nation mock draft, which began with a bold move by Bills reporter Mike Rodak. The details can be found here, but in essence Rodak sent five draft picks over a three-year period to the Houston Texans in exchange for the No. 1 overall pick in 2014, with which he selected South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The conventional response, of course Karlos Williams Womens Jersey , is that no team should mortgage its future for a non-quarterback -- no matter how rare a talent Clowney might be. The Bills, however, aren't in a conventional situation, and I for one hope they capitalize on it.

This is not to endorse trading up for Clowney as much as it is to support the idea of going for broke. What do the Bills' decision-makers have to lose?

When you look at the roster, centered around a questionable commitment to quarterback EJ Manuel, you sense that their best chance for competing in 2014 is with a dominating defense. In this particular case, imagine Clowney -- or even Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack -- lining up with a defensive front seven that already includes Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Kiko Alonso.

Remember, this is a defense that finished 2010 ranked 10th in the NFL in terms of yards allowed. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was hired as the Cleveland Browns' head coach and has been replaced by the highly qualified Jim Schwartz.

It's almost crass to suggest that Whaley and Marrone would be motivated purely to convince the Bills' next owner to retain them, and I don't know that to be the case. Whaley, for one, is.

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