I just don't think Brady has ever really existed IN a chain of command. I think he's got a voice and input, but it's not like he's over this guy or under this guy, or that anyone is going to tell him what to do. I don't see that going away. I also don't think the rumors of his influence are as true as they are made out to be, I think he's around to help out, and he chimes in with opinions and likes to work with players, but I don't think he's trying to overrule anyone on FO decisions. I'd be willing to bet that any involvement he's had as far as "signing players" has gone has been facilitating conversation, or just pushing ownership to sign off on something. I don't think he's out there negotiating deals like some people have speculated, or has forced people to offer contracts or amounts or anything. Maybe I'll be proven wrong at some point, but it's always seemed to me that he's been in that consultant kinda role, some training here, happy to hose guys for optional workouts or routines, and I'm sure conversations happen in that regard, but I doubt he's anything formal. If anything I think he's an opinion that the brothers like to hear, and they give it some weight, but he's not out there in meetings doing FO things, that just doesn't seem his personality. I can't see him showing up to the warehouse in anything but a track suit and a tank top and hanging out in the gym.
Yeah I mean at some point, you just have to find guys that understand hitting. Especially if you have one that can help guys learn to make more contact or take a walk. How is Edgar Martinez not the best hitting coach in baseball? Harold just seemed like one of those guys to me, and he's got a little history with the team.
I think he's had a defined position (defined by title, less by structure... freedom to operate as he has pleased). VP, Assistant GM. He didn't always have that title, it came about as his influence grew.
Unlike other Asst. GM's he has had training element...
Do think he worked on contracts... but more to the point you made, the suggestion aspect.
Do know he roved the organization as a roving instructor, often to irritation of coaches.
Gave input to Buck and Dan.... gave input to the Brothers.
His influence was real imo, but so was his title. Which was below Dan.
Only point I'm making here is that his influence has been widely reported at this point.
And if John and Lou insist to new leadership that Brady has to stay on, and will have a position of leadership... it should be expected that the new hires will define what that means.
I'm not saying he won't continue to have influence.
I'm not saying it won't go wrong, if he stays in the org., and John and Lou allow him to supersede the chain of command.
Definitely something to watch.