Pretend You’re an NFL GM and We’ll Guess How Much of a Risk-Taker You Are

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By: Gavin Thagard

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About This Quiz

The general manager is one of the most important positions within any organization, and that's just as true in the NFL as it is in any other type of business. In most cases, the general manager makes all of the major choices when it comes to the roster and coaching staff. They are responsible for scouting and drafting NFL prospects from the college ranks. They are always on the lookout for trade opportunities whenever a player from another franchise might become available. They also scan the free-agent market to ensure every position is filled with the best possible talent. All of this, of course, has to be done while staying within a hard salary cap, making every decision that much more important. Then, they have to build a coaching staff that can get the best out of the roster they put together.

NFL GMs have different methods when it comes to addressing their responsibilities. Some GMs like to build a team slowly, over years at times, to ensure they aren't making any mistakes along the way. Others prefer to take chances to maximize the talent currently on their roster, as they fear missing the playoffs will cost them their own job.

Which kind of GM would you be? Are you willing to wait for the perfect players to become available, or do you like to make a buzz by pulling off huge trades and free-agent signings? If you're not sure where you fall, take this quiz and find out!

It's draft day, and you have the first overall pick. You already have your franchise quarterback. Which decision are you making?

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The draft is moving into the later rounds, and you still need to fill the following positions. Select the position you're taking first.

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How much are you willing to trade for a star wide receiver who becomes available?

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You have the 11th overall draft pick and several position needs. Which position are you focusing on first?

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What decision are you making if your franchise running back sits out until they get paid?

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Are you willing to give your head coach leeway if they are inheriting a terrible team?

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Why would you draft a running back in the first round?

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How long are you willing to wait to draft a franchise quarterback?

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It's fourth and one on the 50-yard line with five minutes on the clock, and your team needs to score. What's the best way for your coach to handle this situation?

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Where do you like to hang out during games?

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Your team got beat down in a playoff game. Who should take responsibility for the loss?

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Identify the type of quarterback you want to build a team around.

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Which positional need are you looking for first in free agency?

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Where should your focus be if you're building a championship team?

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How many losing seasons do you wait before you fire your head coach?

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Your veteran quarterback is on the decline, but he's still a legend in town. What the best way to handle his diminishing play?

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Who do you prefer to be the leader of your team?

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If you were just hired as the GM, why would you stick with a head coach who was there before you?

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A new head coach is hired to get a team that made the playoffs the year before over the hump and to the Super Bowl. Do you blame them if they don't make the playoffs in their first season?

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The fans are waiting for the quarterback you drafted in the first round to finally get a start. Should you throw him into the fire if he isn't ready yet?

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Would you rather accept a player is a bust or blame it on player development?

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You have four star defenders at different positions. Which position are you trading away first to improve your offensive line?

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Where is the first place you're taking a free agent who you want to sign with your team?

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How do you take a team that has been 8-8 for three straight seasons to the next level?

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What skill position do you prefer to build your offense around?

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Should you make any major changes if your team reaches the Super Bowl but loses big time?

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If a season isn't going well, when do you fire the head coach?

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Your team desperately needs a run game, so what's the best way to address it?

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There's a player out of college who will attract a lot of fanfare. Do you draft them or focus on a position of need?

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How do you measure team success?

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