On the interview and Ng
We’ve written a lot about Kim Ng here in the past, and I’m indisposed, so I’m going to skip the recap. And I’m going to also skip the other issue about her candidacy* and say this:
Ng doesn’t do much in the way of publicity, so you’re very likely not going to hear a ton about her as the team does their interviews and whatnot. I will bet big money that she will rock those interviews. The team clearly intends to ask candidates a lot of questions about what they’d do in different situations, how they’d build the team, and so on (which is going to be a huge improvement over the last time they did this). And while (as previously expressed) I don’t know that Ng’s at the cutting edge of GM technology in the way we do know that (say) Antonetti is, in part because of the previously-mentioned press aversion, I guarantee that there will be no interview question she won’t be prepared for. If they ask her what they should do about Bloomquist, she’s going to tell them Bloomquist should be about #100 on a Top #100 Offseason Question list, and then she’ll tell them why, and Armstrong and Lincoln will probably stare, remember to close their mouths, and then have to decide whether that feeling is fright or excitement.
Sometimes that wins jobs even when the candidate goes in low on odds. Ricciardi got his job that way. Ng could be next.
* whether or not hiring the first woman GM generates enough positive publicity that it becomes an additional hiring factor as the franchise has been so beseiged by bad news for so long. I would rather spend time thinking about this, frankly.