If Sean McDermott can manage to guide the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs a couple times in the next four years or so, then I foresee him becoming the franchise's second-most powerful football man behind only Ralph Wilson.
Given some success -- and after 17 straight years without the playoffs the bar is low -- McDermott could cement more football-operations control than anyone else.
McDermott hasn't coached an NFL game yet, but he's on the verge of complete oversight. "The Tim Graham Show" dug into the topic Wednesday on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan.
You can listen to Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan, ESPN.com Bills reporter Mike Rodak, co-host Joe Licata and me discuss this idea by clicking on the links below or downloading the podcast from iTunes.
The Pegulas fired GM Doug Whaley and Buffalo's scouting department Sunday morning. McDermott will have substantial input into filling those vacancies, thereby influencing football operations from top to bottom.
Brandon Beane, who worked with McDermott at the Carolina Panthers, reportedly will interview Thursday for the GM opening.
The Pegulas still have final say, but they're impressed with McDermott's long-term vision and will stay out of his way if he doesn't take too long to validate their complete trust.
Wilson, meanwhile, employed many fine football minds yet remained heavily involved in football decisions.
Wilson fired Bill Polian, John Butler and Tom Donahoe and eased Buddy Nix out of the GM chair. Head coaches Marv Levy and Lou Saban couldn't simply do whatever they wanted either.
With development toward postseason competitiveness, I believe McDermott will take unprecedented command.