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...]

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...]

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 … [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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

Who Is Bill O’Brien and What Will He Bring to the Houston Texans?

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Just Who Is Bill O’Brien? By Oliver Connolly Every year out of the darkness of Black Monday one coaching candidate emerges as the beacon of hope for every franchise with a newly revealed ‘open’ sign above the head coach’s door. Last year Chip Kelly became the NFL’s most sought after sweetheart. This year it was Bill O’Brien. The former Penn … [Read more...]

Which NFL Coaching Vacancy Is The Best?

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Which Available Coaching Vacancy is the Best? By Oliver Connolly So Black Monday has come and gone for another year. As usual there’s very little holiday spirit from NFL owners. We now have six head coaching vacancies: Redskins, Lions, Vikings, Browns, Texans, and Buccaneers (as of 7am EST 12/31/2013) As we go through the coaching carousel … [Read more...]

Gary Kubiak and a case for firing coaches before Black Monday

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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...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]

Roots run deep for only the VERY BEST NFL head coaches

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In my book Taking Your Team To The Top - How to build and manage great teams like the pros I write about the importance of finding the "best and the brightest" people to put on your team and then developing them to their fullest potential.   The Synergy of a Team  The “natural law” of things points to survival of the fittest.  Some achieve this … [Read more...]