Trent Richardson trade – Bold move or arrogant assumption?

The Cleveland trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts sent a clear message from the halls of their training complex in Berea, Ohio – management, not the players, will be responsible for any outcome on the field.  Richardson was the third pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and arguably thought by most to be the top back in the … [Read more...]

“Perception is reality” unless you took a closer look at the Patriots

"Perception is reality" when walking away from Week 2 of the 2013 NFL regular season.  Fans pick up the morning papers and read what the media twists and spins in their direction.  "Here, this is what I think so therefore you should too."   The New York Giants are 0-2 and have no shot at the playoffs.   Seattle spanked San Francisco and … [Read more...]

Brandon Jacobs & NY Giants – Who says you can’t go home again?

Bygones.  Sometimes it just makes sense to chalk things up t0 chance and admit mistakes were made all around.  The New York Giants released running back Brandon Jacobs back in the spring of 2012 after continued bouts with knee injuries and looking to get younger/cheaper at the position.  Jacobs in turn signed a contract three weeks later with the … [Read more...]

Manning getting it done without all the prerequisites required of rookies

Last night’s NFL opening game between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens featured one of the all-time performances by an NFL quarterback – in the history of the sport!  Never before had anyone passed for seven touchdowns in a game in the modern era ('70 AFL-NFL merger) and now the legendary Peyton Manning has rewritten yet another standard in … [Read more...]

“Born to be wild!” Some team tinkering & tuneups from the preseason

If you're a fan of the National Football League you've spent the better part of the last six weeks waiting for this very day - opening night in the NFL!  Debate rages on about the need for preseason and whether or not we should cut back on the number of  "practice" games inserted into a season ticket package, but the bottom line is that coaches … [Read more...]

Will McKenzie & Allen’s roster strategy double jeopardize the Raiders?

I'm a firm believer in rewarding only those that produce, somewhat of a closet disciple of Rainmaker Thinking's Bruce Tulgan, one of the country's foremost authorities on the management and leadership of the Millennial generation.  Bruce writes; "If the role of rewards is to drive performance, managers should make performance the only lever for … [Read more...]

Not everyone is convinced the KC Chiefs are ready for a run in AFCW

Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp and Preseason Review by Noah Gronniger- Outsiders Podcast A new era of Chiefs football started in late July as they opened up training camp with a new General Manager in John Dorsey, a new Head Coach in Andy Reid, and a new Quarterback in Alex Smith. The fans filed in hours before the first practice to tailgate … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations: When, where, how, & why of injury settlements

With all the preseason action now behind us, the 32 NFL clubs begin the arduous task of reducing down the roster to 53 in preparation for Week 1 of the regular season.  A lot of activity on the wire will waive and terminate players accordingly, and I'm sure there'll be a few designations pop up that some of you might not be accustomed to.  I've … [Read more...]

Optimum Scouting – 2014 NFL Draft Season Preview

The Football Educator has run across a lot of quality work and detailed evaluations in the scouting process leading up to the annual NFL draft.  Too many of the same "network names" get all the attention, and perhaps too much credit, for their prognosticating of players and then many times molding their mocks off each other!   There's young … [Read more...]

NFL Draft Preparation – The urgency & earnest of the Tight End

With final roster cuts being made in the next week heading into the 2013 NFL regular season, look for teams carrying more tight ends over what is becoming an antiquated position at fullback.  Offenses are finding the versatility and flexibility needed in spread formations through the size and athleticism at the Y position.  This is nothing new to … [Read more...]