They may be working behind the scenes, but NFL general managers play a huge role in the team’s performance.
Their roster-building decisions will dictate whether the franchise has a contender or a loser.
Aside from getting the right rookie prospects or free agents, they must be wary of the league’s hard salary cap.
Their work does not end because they constantly evaluate the right moves, especially during the offseason.
It’s a complex and thankless job wherein these individuals might go unrecognized.
But while some of them have been exceptional with their work, others are in danger of losing their jobs.
Here are two NFL general managers that are likely on their way out from their respective roles.
2. John Schneider
Yes, Seattle Seahawks head coach and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Pete Carroll has the final say regarding roster moves.
However, Schneider still advises him regarding their approach.
Both men came to Seattle simultaneously, and they’ve built a Super Bowl-winning roster primarily through the draft.
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) December 1, 2021
Unfortunately, they did not get a Pro Bowl-level player in 2013, 2014, and 2016.
Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are the only good selections they’ve had in recent years.
Schneider also had a hand in failing to build an offensive line to protect Wilson.
The Seahawks are 3-8
Their season is basically over.
And so is the greatest era of Seahawks football. There's no logical reason to keep the Big 3 of Pete, Russ and GM John Schneider in their current roles moving forward. don't know what changes are coming, but change is coming.
— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) November 30, 2021
Despite that concern, he was lucky that the Seahawks won 12 games last year.
However, they do not have the same luck this year, winning only three of their first 11 games.
It looks like the team will go on a full reset after this season, costing Schneider his position.
As a side note, Carroll may also get the boot to persuade their star quarterback to remain in Seattle.
1. Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman joined the New York Giants before the 2018 season, and the team had two glaring concerns.
First, Eli Manning was at the home stretch of his career.
Second, their offensive line was a disaster, with only three players from their active rotation back then still playing in the NFL in 2021.
Despite those holes, he selected running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall selection.
Breaking: #Giants GM Dave Gettleman to be replaced regardless of how the team finishes this season. They have already started reaching out to potential candidates to fill the role.
— Film Talk Football (@FilmTalkFB) November 25, 2021
Initially, the pick paid off as the former Penn State standout became Offensive Rookie of the Year, a Pro Bowler, and a First-Team All-Pro in the same season.
But that’s the high point of Barkley’s career, and he’s still trying to return in peak form.
In the fourth round, the Giants selected quarterback Kyle Lauletta, 106 picks after Barkley.
On the other hand, the Giants’ offensive line still has problems four years into Gettleman’s tenure.
2021 is a “wrap” for Dave Gettleman pic.twitter.com/S01rDdUvCr
— The Slumpbuster (@SlumpBusterPod) December 1, 2021
Outside of Andrew Thomas, he did little to fix the pocket that protects their quarterback.
His ineptitude handed the Giants a losing season in each of his first three years.
That streak might stretch to four years, given that the team is at 4-7 as of writing.
If the team fired Jason Garrett, Gettleman must be the next person to go.