Chip I have to agree. Naehring is WIDELY respected which I can't say for Jim. Tim has done an incredible job along with Leland Maddox and Casey McKeon of putting together a solid farm system.
I would much rather have Naehring running the organization than someone from the outside. Tim knows every player and every coach in the system. That in itself is half the battle for a new GM in my opinion. Doc Rodgers will undoubtedly get a look. So will Leland Maddox, Gary Hughes and possibly Johnny Bench.
Doc's star has fallen a bit in the past two seasons. (Long story)
Leland is 100% qualified for the job. He may take a job elsewhere if Jim and Doc are let go.