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...]

Something is brewing in D.C. with the Redskins & it ain’t beer

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By Shane Tidrick  A potential problem is brewing in Washington D.C. right now and it has nothing to do with beer or politics.  The acquisition of DeSean Jackson was huge for the Redskins offense, but the way in which he was brought on board seems a little suspicious. The Power of Player Influence Robert Griffin III made personal visits to Jackson's home in Los Angeles to talk to him about signing with Washington.  DeAngelo Hall made phone … [Read more...]

The “Fantasy” perception of an NFL General Manager

TGC Fantasy Perception of NFL General Manager

By Joshua Elkin Fans. They're the fantasy General Manager of their favorite NFL team. We anticipate front office moves by speculating potential free agent signings, targeting draft prospects and trades. But when the actual General Manger doesn't  meet our expectations, fans become frustrated because “hey, it worked in Madden.” Reality vs Fantasy Owners only give a General Manager so many years to rebuild their failing organization into a … [Read more...]

Rams seeking a suitor for the 2nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft?

TGC Rams Table at NFL Draft

The NFL draft is just under 50 days away. One of the more intriguing teams this year is the St. Louis Rams. The Rams are primed with the 2nd overall pick as a result of the 2012 RGIII trade with the Washington Redskins. The Rams are also armed with the 13th pick in the draft following a 7-9 season. Meeting of the minds With NFL executives making their way to Orlando on Wednesday for the pro day of highly-touted, University of Central Florida … [Read more...]

Loss of FOCUS & UNITY could fracture the 49ers future.

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The situation in San Francisco is serious.  If the tension between head coach Jim Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke is as tumultuous as is being reported (and I personally don’t know if it is), then Jed York should make it his first and foremost priority.  Clean this mess up, ASAP. A storied history The 49ers clearly are one of the storied franchises in NFL history.  Throughout two decades San Francisco served as one of the model organizations not … [Read more...]

5 Business Lessons From Former NFL GM Ted Sundquist

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I recently had the chance to sit down with the Motley Fool's own Jake Mann to discuss some of the business principles that I felt crossed over into the world of professional football and the emphasis I put on these in my book Taking Your Team To The Top - How to build and manage great teams like the pros.   The following interview appeared on their website on February 9, 2014. 5 Business Lessons From an NFL GM By Jake Mann | More … [Read more...]

Today’s NFL GM – One and done?

TGC one and done as NFL GM

The NFL offseason is upon us and focus now shifts towards the front office executives in charge of rebuilding their rosters in hopes of dethroning the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.  Much has been said about the job that GM John Schneider has done in building the Seahawks into professional football’s powerhouse with his craft use of the draft and free agency. The Future is NOW The past two seasons have also seen rookie GM’s … [Read more...]

What Are Your Memories of Being in the Super Bowl?

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I recently completed an interview for Quora.com regarding my personal thoughts and experiences in relation to back-to-back Super Bowl Championships and the ensuing efforts to get the Denver Broncos back to the "Big Game" as General Manager.  It was a fantastic opportunity to share with Quora and I'd like to share my answers with the readers of The Football Educator as well.  Here's my recollection of Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII, along with links … [Read more...]

Which comes first, the General Manager or the Head Coach?

TGC GM or the Head Coach

I spent the better part of this past week discussing the various tactics and strategies of the General Manager – Head Coach relationship in the National Football League. With seven clubs dismissing their head coach and two their GM’s, it’s an inevitable question for the fans & media of these organizations looking to rebuild their leadership structure and get back on track.  Houston, Washington, Detroit, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and … [Read more...]

NFL ownership – Stephen Ross needs to take the ball & run with it

TGC Stephen Ross and the ball

The situation that has engulfed the Miami Dolphins for the better part of the past two weeks has garnered more than its fair share of coverage.  Every major media outlet covering the NFL has been glued to the story and there’s been no shortage of opinion from sports journalists, former players, and other professional football personalities. The situation has ebbed and flowed as information leaks out from tweets, videos, and voice mails connected … [Read more...]