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...]

Predicting Success in an NFL Front Office – Part 1

A friend of mine in the football analytics world, Joe Landers, sent me a  link to a VERY interesting article from the Harvard Business Review, What Research Tells Us About Making Accurate Predictions -  by Walter Frick.  It dispels the notion that “predicting the future is just too hard” and cited studies that even “experts struggled to perform … [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...]

20 tips on how to become an NFL 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...]

Today’s NFL GM – One and done?

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 … [Read more...]

Trent Richardson trade – Bold move or arrogant assumption?

The Cleveland trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts sent a clear message from the halls of their training complex in Berea, Ohio – management, not the players, will be responsible for any outcome on the field.  Richardson was the third pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and arguably thought by most to be the top back in the … [Read more...]

Will McKenzie & Allen’s roster strategy double jeopardize the Raiders?

I'm a firm believer in rewarding only those that produce, somewhat of a closet disciple of Rainmaker Thinking's Bruce Tulgan, one of the country's foremost authorities on the management and leadership of the Millennial generation.  Bruce writes; "If the role of rewards is to drive performance, managers should make performance the only lever for … [Read more...]

Using analytics to help forecast top NFL rookie performers in 2013

When you start talking analytics in professional football many of the old-time traditionalists will scoff that you can't apply "Money Ball" tactics to the gridiron.  The fluid dynamics of the game are just too diverse from some of the statistical predictability of baseball.  True, and I would never argue to replace the human element of forecasting … [Read more...]

Not a lot of shades of gray for Panthers’ GM Dave Gettleman

The more things change the more they stay the same.  I worked with Panthers' GM Dave Gettleman for a number of years in the Denver Broncos organization, both as a peer and a supervisor.  Gettleman came to Denver when Bob Ferguson was named Director of Player Personnel under the Wade Phillips regime.  Ferguson and Gettleman had worked together under … [Read more...]

80-85% of NFL 53 man roster decided before Preseason even starts

This past weekend on The Football Educator radio show I talked about the reality of the roster competition on most of the 32 NFL organizations.  Heading into NFL Training Camps most club front offices probably had already locked down 80-85% of their 53 man roster before even walking out to practice on Day 1.  Developmental draftees, high dollar … [Read more...]