Like marriage, head coach-GM union is rarely perfect

Head coach-general manager marriages can lead to greatness or tear teams apart. Either way, they're never simple, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Originally Published: May 15, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

In a hotel bar at the spring NFL owners meeting in 2003, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden -- knowingly standing within earshot of a few reporters -- ripped general manager Rich McKay.

In a similar venue about a decade earlier, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who might pride himself on playing the role of general manager more than anything else, wondered aloud if 500 other coaches could do Jimmy Johnson's job.

Gruden and McKay had won a Super Bowl together. ...

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