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Do we need to go back to the Polian or AJ Smith trees for a GM?

Going through each teams' front office page (the ones that display backgrounds, at least!), I've noticed there are a few directors of player personnel and pro/college scouting left in the league who have ties to Bill Polian or AJ Smith and Buffalo (either the city or the team itself).

Tom Telesco, director of player personnel (4th year) , Indianapolis Colts -

He's worked under Polian going back to 1995 with the Carolina Panthers starting as a scouting assistant. He was born and raised in Buffalo and summer interned for the Bills from 1991-94 while in college. Graduated from John Carroll University in 1995, which is also the alma mater of Colts VP of football ops/GM Chris Polian and Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

Bob Ferguson, special assistant to the director of player personnel (4th year), Indianapolis Colts -

34 years of NFL personnel experience. Ferguson worked in Buffalo from 1985-93 (basically the exact same time when Bill Polian was GM of the Bills), including 1989-93 as assistant GM/director of pro personnel. He was director of player personnel for the Broncos from 93-95 and GM for Arizona from 1997-2003. His greatest success on his own came when he was GM of Seattle from 2003-05.

http://www.colts.com/images/news_photos/communitydynamic/2009_mediaguide_sec1.pdf

David Caldwell, director of college scouting (2nd year), Atlanta Falcons -

Very similar career path and background as Telesco's. Began as a scouting assistant working for Bill Polian in 1996 while with the Panthers. Moved onto the Colts in 1998. Born in Buffalo and graduated from John Carroll Univ. in 1997.

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/People/Staff/Scouting/David_Caldwell.aspx

Dennis Abraham, director of pro scouting, San Diego Chargers -

Followed John Butler and AJ Smith to SD after the 2000 season. Born in Buffalo, worked in the Blls personnel department from 1996-2000.

http://www.chargers.com/team/staff/dennis-abraham/7d75c594-ec56-4475-9c71-5ea773eea0b3

Mike Biehl, assistant director of college scouting (2nd year), SD Chargers -

Also followed Butler & Smith west after 2000. Worked in the Bills personnel department from 1998-2000.

http://www.chargers.com/team/staff/mike-biehl/d610304c-fd7d-44f3-8d3d-ee45b804ac79

We also brought in Buddy Nix last year from the Chargers as National Scout, hard to tell if there is more to the story there. He followed Butler and Smith to SD from B'lo and served as assistant GM under AJ until 2007.

Good organization and good coaching are so important to success in the NFL and always will be. Indy and SD's rosters are also known for being primarily made of purely drafted talent instead of other team's free agents. Are we better off going with one of these guys rather than a high priced big named coach/GM? If there is anyone with any "insider info", would we even have a shot of bringing these guys back after Polian and Smith left the team rather unceremoniously?

Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.

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