Lets hire a top end GM...whether its OB or Rita or Taman really matters very little to me, personally; "I" just want a proven professional with previous experience, and will know that "hiring and training" his replacement is a high priority for any business executive. (You don't want to "create" a team that some lame brain replacement will utterly ruin)
Yes, Taaffe committed the "sin" of hiring his buddies. He compounded this "sin" by not firing them when they proved incompetent. The next layer of the excrement sandwich was Marcel, not taking the situation in hand and firing one or both.
Had such action(s) happened, the players would have been given a "stern warning" with the famous "vote of confidence" from Senior Management.
Just where the various "player heads" are at in "conficence" in the team is very questionable right now (my opinion, only)
Lets bring in a top end GM, and give him his choice to retain or discharge Taaffe (and this choice may take a week or two), but its entirely correct that the GM will want his own man as HC, and oversee the OC and DC hires, let alone other assistant coaches.
Run a lot of tape, and define the "core players" that are going to be the backbone of this team, as opposed the "plugs" (hired to fill a hole) from the previous administration.
And therefore the GM is going to have to be someone that can work "seamlessly" with Mike McCarthy, head of scouting, who is going to have to find the guys to come in and fill in the training camp roster...
Okay, I've said too much already, and I've been wrong too many times before, just remember, these are "my" opinions...