3 things bugging me from an NFL front office perspective

Here are 3 current stories covered by the NFL media that continue to bug the living #$%@& out of me.  Just sayin’.

NFL Head Coach Candidates

I’m going to use a story I saw about San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman to illustrate a point.  I’m not directly targeting Roman nor singling out his particular situation.  The recent success of the 49ers has deservedly brought attention and the spotlight to both the organization and those that make up the staff of head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke.  But the idea that Roman was somehow unfairly left out of the process…really?

I emphasized similar feelings in a post I previously wrote;  NFL team searching for a head coach? – “Don’t buy the binder!”

The coordinators from the latest Super Bowl participants don’t necessarily make the best candidates for NFL head coaches and shouldn’t be automatically anointed as such by the media.  Candidates ought to be evaluated from a myriad of criteria, the first of which should be leadership/management skills and not playbook prowess.

On the other hand, NFL ownership must be willing to put decisions on hold to interview the best candidates if one is from the above mentioned pool of talent.  There is ABSOLUTELY no reason to rush into having a head coach immediately after firing your last one.  Count yourself the number of misguided mistakes made in a push to parade someone (anyone) up to the podium.  Don’t make me list them myself!

NFL Scouting Pundits

It’s that time of year with NFL Draft preparations where each and every media outlet promotes their prognosticator’s opinions as the “be-all, end-all”.

This one comes from the recent “supposed” critical comments made by Pro Football Weekly’s NFL draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki about West Virginia QB Geno Smith, only to be defended by the NFL Network’s own resident guru Mike Mayock.

Fans should remember that the only opinions that TRULY matter in the NFL Draft process are those of the decision makers for all 32 participating clubs.  The fact that a particular analyst doesn’t like a particular player or the players at a particular position doesn’t mean…well, particularly anything.   I’m astounded by the legitimacy given to those that have never actually participated in the process.  They “scout” for no actual team!

Even I have to be aware that my own “media biased views” are based solely upon past experiences and not the present situation facing GM’s and Personnel Directors.  So my opinions are just that, my opinions, and by no means what NFL decision makers should be using to improve their clubs through the draft.

Keep this in mind come post-draft “grade” time.

NFL Free Agent Contracts

I just recently wrote about this very subject after the Tony Romo extension (Sports Negotiations – 3 better ways to measure results), but I can’t understand WHY we care so much about the fiscal order of our favorite club’s house?  Whether a particular player is worth the deal he’s signed to shouldn’t play into anything from a fan or the media’s perspective.

Club executives tasked with improving their teams should be judged on the results of the final record their efforts manifest.  None of us are privy to the internal evaluations, the ongoing negotiations, or the dogged determination of any organization to acquire a player or players in the current market that is NFL Free Agency.  Don’t let any “NFL Insider” try to convince you they know either.

The consequences of a contract should be questioned only if they significantly preclude your club from adding further talent to the roster (9 times out of 10 nobody knows if or when that will happen, and or the player it might happen with), or if the contract effects the club a season or two down the road after the player has been released.  Otherwise just relax; it’s not your money anyway.

There now, I feel better.

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  1. Thanks Ted. I have encountered these issues myself (to a very lesser degree since I am no scout), especially the last point. Keep up the good work and I very much appreciate the sharing of your experiences.

  2. Nice Ted. Wish your view was more mainstream but instead the general NFL hungry public suddenly become cap experts after the super bowl. the super bowl mvp is “overpaid” and won’t help them “add players” meanwhile a previously star CB is “a steal at $2m” everything in between. Its a never ending analysis of a team’s budgets as if they really matter. But its march april and the media outlets need stories, and the salaries are great sources of that evidently.

    Its as if fans would suddenly love Mark Sanchez or something if he was only paid veteran minimum – obviously they wouldn’t! But instead his “cap figure” makes a big deal of everything. All that matters is having good players and fielding winning results in the autumn.

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