A lot of Smoke & Mirrors as the 2014 NFL Draft pot reaches a boil

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Have you ever put a tea kettle on the stove to boil some water?  I’m sure most of you have, so you understand how water rumbles under the flame as the kettle begins to heat up.  It usually starts out slow and steady, but as the temperature rises to 212 degrees it seems like the pot might just jump off the stove and land on the floor.  Suddenly all that built up energy lets loose and results in a high pitched whistle. Part of the process So … [Read more...]

Restructuring NFL Football Operations – The Players

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This is Part Four of a series on how the NFL should restructure its Football Operations Department.  If you missed the previous three articles here are the links; Time to Restructure Football Operations in the NFL Restructuring NFL Football Operations - The Game Restructuring NFL Football Operations - The Process The Players – The most important of the two cornerstones.  “Treating players as Assets vs … [Read more...]

On the chopping block? It’s tough being an NFL “head” coach.

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Potential NFL Coaching Changes When the NFL train pulls into the November station we hit silly season. Preseason notions are well and truly over and certain portions of the league only have next season to look forward to. My friends Mainz & Dutton recently wrote a fantastic article looking at Which coaches are on the hot seat? I'm not a huge fan of calling for people's jobs so I’m going to take a look at which coaching changes are likely, … [Read more...]

Seven Reasons Why Nick Saban Should Consider Leaving Alabama For Texas

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Seven Reasons Nick Saban Should Consider Leaving Alabama for Texas Before I even write this. I'm fully prepared for for some of the vectorial that will come my way from a certain portion of the globe. I'm not saying Nick Saban WILL leave Alabama. I'm not even saying he SHOULD leave the tide. But I've got nine reasons why he should at least give it some thought. (it's also a great excuse to re-show the Saban Texas picture) Texas … [Read more...]

Using analytics to help forecast top NFL rookie performers in 2013

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When you start talking analytics in professional football many of the old-time traditionalists will scoff that you can't apply "Money Ball" tactics to the gridiron.  The fluid dynamics of the game are just too diverse from some of the statistical predictability of baseball.  True, and I would never argue to replace the human element of forecasting productivity in professional football by number crunching my draft choice selections.  But what I do … [Read more...]

It’s Bill Parcells turn to wear the NFL’s Hall of Fame gold jacket

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Ever heard the idea of "Six degrees of separation"?  It's the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.  NOTHING permeates more true in college and professional football.  "Someone coaches with somebody who played with someone that went on a … [Read more...]

It’s HIGH time we learn a new language for NFL Defenses

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I constantly get inquiries from knowledgeable fans aspiring to be scouts, front office executives, or professional football coaches asking what they have to do to get noticed for a next level opportunity.  They expound upon their passion for the game, how much they watch NFL Rewind, how long they've had season tickets, the number of times they've attended an NFL Training Camp, and even how they've won their Fantasy Football League for six years … [Read more...]

Adderall suspension and an NFL female fan’s perspective

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You've heard the old adage "Perception is reality".  As followers of the NFL (fans, media, employees - players, coaches, staff) we all see professional football from our own angle.  Dealing with the dynamics of both the business and the game can be a tight rope walk for sure.  Trying to sift through a myriad of information coming from various directions can be a difficult task in formulating our own "educated" opinion. This past week the Denver … [Read more...]

The realities of NFL Training Camp competition

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I wrote an article last August after preseason Week 1 that stirred up a little controversy regarding the actual competition in NFL Training Camps.  With rosters expanded to upwards of 90 players, there appears to be a ton of battles at the various positions across an NFL roster.  Young draft picks trying to get noticed, aged veterans hanging on to backup roles, journeymen players perhaps hoping to accomplish both. We’ve yet to even hit the first … [Read more...]

Riding the Wave of Analytics

TGC Riding the wave of Analytics

One of the hardest parts of overseeing a Player Personnel Department is attempting to separate internal bias and emotion from the external reality of performance.  During my days as the Denver Broncos General Manager (and also as Director of College Scouting) it was my responsibility to ensure that a complete and thorough evaluation of potential candidates for addition to the roster was made (whether through the NFL Draft or Free Agency).  We … [Read more...]