NFC team profiles
In advance of the NFL draft Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton examines the NFC's decision-makers, needs and offensive and defensive philosophies.
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New York Giants
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride uses a power run-oriented offense designed to wear down defenses and establish ball control -- especially because the receiver position is very shaky. Complete Profile
Head coach Andy Reid runs this front office and his voice is final. However, he has a personality that is not overwhelming and he listens and welcomes input by everybody. Complete Profile
This could be a challenging year for vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato and his front office because there is a feeling that owner Daniel Snyder's patience could be waning. Complete Profile
Lions' fans are hoping that they finally have a front office that they can trust after years of bad personnel decisions. They have a new coaching staff and a rebuilt front office, so better days may be ahead. Complete Profile
Green Bay Packers
This looks like an exotic offense at times with a lot of personnel groupings and motion, which is designed to confuse opposing defenses and create favorable matchups. Complete Profile
Although there are a lot of titles in this front office, head coach Brad Childress has a lot more say than most people realize. He is a strong-minded evaluator with a firm idea of what he wants. Complete Profile
General manager Thomas Dimitroff was almost perfect in his rookie year in Atlanta and he is building an excellent front office -- basically in the image of his former team, the Patriots. Complete Profile
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New head coach Raheem Morris has no experience making personnel decisions and new general manager Mark Dominik who has never run a front office. Something has to give. Complete Profile
Coach Ken Whisenhunt would ideally like to be more balanced on offense, but as long as Kurt Warner is his quarterback this will continue to be a pass-oriented attack with a lot of spread sets designed to dictate matchups. Complete Profile
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have one of the strangest front office structures in the NFL, at least from the outside looking in. The good news is that head coach Mike Singletary has gained a lot of power in personnel matters. Complete Profile
There is a new coaching staff and Mike Holmgren isn't around, so the spotlight is now on veteran president of football operations and general manager Tim Ruskell alone to get this team turned around. Complete Profile
St. Louis Rams
New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur comes from a pass-oriented Eagles offense, but with the Rams he will adjust that philosophy to a more run-oriented scheme that head coach Steve Spagnuolo prefers. Complete Profile
Gary Horton is a pro scout for Scouts Inc. and has been a football talent evaluator for more than 30 years. He spent 10 years in the NFL and 10 years at the college level before launching a private scouting firm called The War Room.