Matt Flynn, The NFL Draft and You

By David Igono Success in the NFL as a GM is difficult, to the point where only a handful of franchises experience consistent success. How good or bad the decision making processes are for a particular GM can only be analyzed in that teams specific team-building context. Though the draft is the best way to build a team, it’s not the only way to … [Read more...]

More questions on the future of NFL Running Backs

I recently sat down with David Salerno of NFL Network to discuss the changing dynamic that is the NFL Running Back of today.  In PART 1 we discussed how the NFL Draft had changed for the position and how changes to the game have affected utilization of what was once the most important player in football. Here are 3 & 4 of a 7 question … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Undrafted Players

With the 2015 NFL Draft coming up in May, many would be NFL draftees continue to their march towards possible selection in rounds 1 through 7.  But a number of college prospects won't hear their name called out at all, yet enjoy very fruitful and lucrative careers as a professional football players. How is that? The Football Educator sat down … [Read more...]

The Five Whys and NFL Front Office Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...]