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4 NFL General Managers Most Likely to Get Fired During the 2019 Season

Max Staley
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General managers usually don't receive as much credit as coaches do, but a good general manager is one of the most important aspects of a great NFL team.

Take Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard, for example. The Colts had little-to-no young talent before he took over, but Ballard drafted Pro Bowlers like Darius Leonard and Quenton Nelson, and now the Colts are one of the best teams in the AFC.

Unfortunately, an ineffective general manager can be equally as disastrous for an NFL franchise. So let's break down four general managers who are potentially in danger of getting fired during the 2019 NFL season.

4. Bruce Allen, Washington Redskins

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Bruce Allen has struggled to put together a competent offense in Washington in recent seasons, and it doesn't look like that's changing any time soon. The Redskins are preparing for 2019 without QB Alex Smith, who is owed $20.4 million next season, so they won't have much cap space to improve this offense. While it's hard to fault Allen because of a fluke injury to Smith, it's fair to note that he hasn't surrounded his quarterback with much talent on offense. Allen also handed out a couple of the worst contracts in the NFL this offseason to former New York Giants' draft picks Ereck Flowers and Landon Collins. If Washington doesn't take a big step forward soon, Allen's days with the Redskins are likely numbered.

3. Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only finished above .500 once since Jason Licht took over as GM in 2014, and they haven't made the playoffs during that stretch. Licht's career will likely forever be linked with QB Jameis Winston, who he drafted No. 1 overall in 2014. Unfortunately, Winston hasn't been the player many expected him to be. Unless Winston can turn it around under new head coach Bruce Arians, Licht could be out of a job soon.

2. John Elway, Denver Broncos

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Getting rid of John Elway in Denver could be complicated, for a variety of reasons. For one, he's the greatest player in Denver Broncos' history, and he did a great job at the beginning of his tenure as general manager. He even constructed the defense that led the Broncos to a Super Bowl win in the 2015-16 NFL season. However, the team has since been in reverse, in large part because Elway hasn't found a franchise quarterback. He has missed on an array of QBs including Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Case Keenum. If Elway misses on yet another quarterback this offseason, his time in Denver could be coming to an end.

1. Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals

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When Arians was still the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach, Steve Keim was considered one of the better general managers in the NFL. Unfortunately, Keim has really struggled assembling talent in recent seasons. The Cardinals haven't drafted a player in the first round who would go on to make a Pro Bowl since they selected cornerback Patrick Peterson in 2011. That's just not going to cut it. Keim also traded up to the No. 10 pick to select quarterback Josh Rosen in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he was so bad as a rookie that the Cardinals are already rumored to be moving on. To be fair to Rosen, he was playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in football, and throwing to one of the NFL's least talented skill-position groups. Of course, it was Keim who assembled that roster. Unless the Cardinals really turn it around, and quick, it wouldn't be a surprise if Arizona moved on from Keim at some point this season.

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