Deaf, Dumb, & Blind loyalty; Is your TEAM doing biz the right way?

Over the course of my career as Director of College Scouting and General Manager for the Denver Broncos, I’d take a couple days after the end of each NFL Draft to reflect back upon the process that led us to selecting the players that we did.  I wanted to know if we had efficiently and effectively collected all the necessary data available on each … [Read more...]

Gary Kubiak and a case for firing coaches before Black Monday

Perception is often seen as reality and in the case of the Houston Texans it was perceived that the message of head coach Gary Kubiak just wasn't getting across to his roster.  There are a number of instances where a change in the "messenger" is just what a team needs to shake up the organization and get things back on track.  Two seasons ago it … [Read more...]

A “fair and balanced” assessment of Jim Irsay and his tweet

This is big.  About as big as it gets for those that seek to create "BIG".  Future Hall of Fame quarterback returns for the first time to face his old team, where a younger version of himself ignites renewed passion in a fan base not used to going 2-14 only two seasons earlier.  Social media engaged owner makes what he feels to be a benign comment … [Read more...]

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...]

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 a lot of shades of gray for Panthers’ GM Dave Gettleman

The more things change the more they stay the same.  I worked with Panthers' GM Dave Gettleman for a number of years in the Denver Broncos organization, both as a peer and a supervisor.  Gettleman came to Denver when Bob Ferguson was named Director of Player Personnel under the Wade Phillips regime.  Ferguson and Gettleman had worked together under … [Read more...]

The Football Educator Radio Show – Episode 03 Summary (Denver DUI’s)

By Alysen Hargrove If you’re in Denver or up on your NFL news you saw that two Denver Bronco Executives were arrested for DUI's in the last month. Matt Russell, director of personnel for the Broncos, was arrested last weekend in Summit County after hitting two cars, one of them a police car, injuring the officer. Russell faces charges of driving … [Read more...]

Professional Football – Selecting for Skill & Performance Ability

If you read any of The Football Educator’s posts over the past two years you’ve noticed my affinity for Bruce Tulgan of Rainmaker Thinking.  Bruce is one of the country’s foremost experts on management and leadership techniques with the new generation of young workers – The Millennials.  There are differences about where the Millennial generation … [Read more...]

A Crack in the Team’s Armor? Dealing with the Denver Bronco DUI’s

The recent arrests of Denver Bronco front office executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert for driving under the influence have brought to light an organization that has lost its cultural identity.  Great teams are able to maintain success through staying true to the core characteristics that define who they are and how they go about pursuing their … [Read more...]

Scouting football talent – Checking off the CHARACTER box

The events of the past few weeks have once again brought into focus the question of character in professional sports and in particular the National Football League.  The debate will surge a demand for more emphasis, better vetting, stronger punishments.  Sixteen years in the NFL gives me a perspective that many talking about this subject don’t have … [Read more...]