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Five essentials to head coach-GM success

While some franchises have tried giving one person total control as head coach and GM, most teams maintain the traditional structure. Floyd Reese identifies the essentials that keep this relationship working.

Updated: May 15, 2008, 12:06 PM ET
By Floyd Reese | ESPN.com

While some franchises have tried giving the head coach control of on-the-field activities and personnel, most teams have maintained the traditional structure, with the general manager controlling personnel and off-the-field matters and the head coach watching over on-the-field matters.

Here are the essentials that keep this relationship working:

1. Specific and detailed outline of responsibilities

Big-ticket items may require lengthy discussions, but a decision-maker ...

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