In case Popp departs as GM I thought it might be interesting to look at common work experiences of current GMs
9/9; had some football operations function/scouting duties sprinkled into their previous postions somewhere
5/9: Played extensively in the CFL. (Popp, Desjardins, Jones and Barker have not)
6/9: were Coordinators in the CFL ( Hervey, Popp and Desjardins were not)
4/9: Were HC in the CFL. (Hervey, Popp, Desjardins never were a HC anywhere. Walters, Hufnagel were HC but not in CFL)
Hufnagel, besides playing 12 year QB in CFL, had 5 years OC under Buono in Calgary, also had 2 years OC in NYG in NFL and 2 years HC/GM in Arena. Then he came back to CFL. Some seem to forget he had 17-18 years in CFL before his current run in Calgary.
Walters was HC for a time in CIS before STC and operations functions in Winnipeg
Popp's experience before becoming GM in Baltimore was 2 years of WR coach and director of player personnel in Sask. in 92-93. ( Kind of a weird mix of duties, at least in terms of hierarchy.)
Desjardins had about 10 years ( including a 2 year GM stint in Hamilton) as top level assistant GM experience with Popp in Montreal.
2/9 have been a CFL GM before ( Barker and Desjardins)
All had been "in the CFL" before becoming a GM.
All had some front office/personnel duties mixed in.
Most are ex-players.
Most have been coordinators in CFL
Less than half have been HC in CFL
I suspect Scott Milanovich will be a hot GM commodity somewhere soon.