The Five Whys and NFL Front Office Management

TGC Five Whys

I recently finished a great book by Eric Ries entitled The Lean Startup – How today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses (Crown Publishing).  As I normally do, I read with a keen sense of how to take the specifics lessons Ries was trying to convey and then attribute them to a football specific … [Read more...]

Managerial Styles of NFL General Managers & Head Coaches

TGC NFL General Manager and Head Coach

Managerial Styles of NFL General Managers and Head Coaches:  Does Your Team Have Executive Presence? by Stephen Long, PhD - Motere Consulting The NFL coaching carousel is in full swing. After Black Monday and the following weeks, there are six head coach openings and at the time of this writing in January 2015, four of the positions have been … [Read more...]

Dodging “THE TURK” or How to survive NFL roster cuts – Part 2

TGC Dodging the Turk on Defense

We looked at one factor per position on the offensive side of the ball that might allow an NFL player on the “bubble” of his roster to secure one of the last spots on a club’s 53 man roster.  Quarterbacks showing smarts, wide receivers with return skills, running backs bringing a different element, tight ends capable at the line of scrimmage, and … [Read more...]

Dodging “THE TURK” – Or how to survive NFL Roster Cuts

TGC Dodging the Turk

Week 3 of the NFL Preseason will be the closest thing fans will actually see to REAL professional football (or at least regular season games) than anything throughout the past month.  As the days begin to close down and Training Camps and NFL clubs start focusing on their rosters entering into 2014, many young players on the bubble have literally … [Read more...]

20 tips (14-16) on how to become an NFL General Manager

TGC Telesco and Spanos San Diego Chargers

There are multiple abstracts to becoming an NFL General Manager that you do and don't have control over.  Understanding which ones are which will keep your focus on the right priorities and save you a lot of heartburn and headaches in the interim.  In my continuing series of 20 tips on how to become an NFL General Manager, here are 14-16.  Keep in … [Read more...]

20 Tips (11-13) on how to become an NFL General Manager

TGC Grigson Irsay How to become an NFL General Manager

In my continuing series on "20 Tips of how to become an NFL General Manager", here are tips #11, #12 and #13. Click here to catch up with Part 1 and Part 2. 11. Find connections with the coaching staff 12. Servant leadership - make others look good 13. Work hard, work smart - don't kill yourself Find connections with the coaching … [Read more...]

20 Tips (6-10) on how to become an NFL General Manager

TGC 20 Tips to becoming an NFL GM

This is Part 2 in a series of posts that I'm writing to answer the oft asked question of "How do I become an NFL General Manager?"  As I mentioned in Part 1, there is NO clear cut path to the front office of a professional football team.  There isn't any course of study you should or shouldn't pursue in college.  No online program that will provide … [Read more...]

20 tips on how to become an NFL General Manager

TGC Ted Sundquist General Manager

The most frequently asked question that I get is "How do I become a General Manager in the NFL?"  There isn't any one secret formula to be implemented, nor any one particular back roads journey to be tracked that will get you to the head of an NFL Front Office.  My own path is as unique as the other 32 currently sitting in the same position across … [Read more...]

These Players Ain’t Loyal

TGC Player Disloyalty

I've written numerous times about the challenges of building championship teams in today's professional sports environment.  Changes to the system through financial compensation brought on by the advent of Free Agency has especially been challenging for NFL General Managers.  Today's GM is not only responsible for the Football Operations of his … [Read more...]

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

TGC Deaf, dumb, and blind

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...]