20 tips on how to become an NFL General Manager

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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

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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?

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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...]

Former players & their lawsuit against NFL a HARD PILL to swallow

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WASHINGTON (ESPN.com) -- A group of retired NFL players says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the league, thirsty for profits, illegally supplied them with risky narcotics and other painkillers that numbed their injuries for games and led to medical complications down the road. The league obtained and administered the drugs illegally, without … [Read more...]

Making the GRADE; What real numbers say about the NFL Draft

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The 2014 NFL Draft is officially over.  No sooner had Mr. Irrelevant been introduced to the nation (Lonnie Ballentine of Memphis) than the FINAL GRADES began popping up from every angle of the media stratosphere.  It's an intriguing aspect of the entire process, clubs being evaluated and critiqued off the evaluations of those not actually involved … [Read more...]

The NFL Draft: How a General Manager Manages Risk

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I've long been a fan of the work of Dr. Stephen Long of Motere Consulting.  Dr. Long specializes in management team execution.  He targets financially healthy, distressed, and underperfoming organizations where strategy might be sound, but lacks execution.  His work has resulted in increased financial performance, innovation, improved decision … [Read more...]

2014 NFL Draft – Will history & Houston repeat itself?

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No team in the National Football League has drafted from the number one position more than the Houston Texans over the past twenty years.  Thursday night will be my hometown’s third venture in selecting college football’s cream of the crop and it’s a pivotal pick for the entire organization.  The “third verse” is a lot like the second and first, … [Read more...]

An interview with The Football Educator – NFL Draft questions

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The Football Educator sat down with Alex Lanigan to answer some questions like what's a General Manager's draft philosophy, is there perceived college conference bias in player selection, and who the Houston Texans might take with the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. As a former General Manager when would you begin your preparation for … [Read more...]

An interview with The Football Educator – NFL Draft questions – Part 2

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This is a continuation of a one on one interview The Football Educator recently had with Alex Lanigan concerning the 2014 NFL Draft and all things that permeate around it.  Click here if you missed Part 1. Is there a discrepancy between the amount of time that is spent looking at possibilities for the first-round selection compared with the … [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 … [Read more...]