What is the issue with Mac not initiating the talks himself anyway? It sounds like the first rule of good management if your #2 has a personal relationship with someone in the FO of the team you're hoping to do business with to let them handle the negotiations. I'd see this a small plus in the Mac column rather than a minus. The Jets as a group clearly had a Plan A and B. Plan A bombed but B worked out great. How this can be construed as a negative for the guy in charge at the time eludes me totally. Who cares if Mac didn't do the deal himself. Delegation that gets results is good management.