Today’s NFL GM – One and done?

TGC one and done as NFL GM

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...]

Between heaven and hell in the NFL – QB Purgatory

TGC QB Purgatory

The Houston Texans fired their head coach Gary Kubiak after eight seasons at the helm of his hometown team.  Expectations were beyond immense after the "Bulls" went 12-4 and captured the AFC South for a  second consecutive season.  Texan QB Matt Schaub led his team to a #3 seed in the AFC despite being outside of most of the Top 10 categories for … [Read more...]

Trent Richardson trade – Bold move or arrogant assumption?

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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?

TGC Raiders Double Jeopardy

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

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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

TGC 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

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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...]

Player Personnel – State of the Arizona Cardinals

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The Football Educator brings guest blogger J.P. Fox back to give the state of the Arizona Cardinals heading into Training Camp. By J.P. Fox Since the Cardinals appeared in the Super Bowl in 2008, the franchise went into a downward spiral beginning in 2010. 18-30 is the record that the team put up in 2010, 2011, and 2012 combined. That record led … [Read more...]

Professional Football – Selecting for Skill & Performance Ability

TGC Professional Football Skill and Ability

If you read any of The Football Educator’s posts over the past two years you’ve noticed my affinity for Bruce Tulgan of Rainmaker Thinking.  Bruce is one of the country’s foremost experts on management and leadership techniques with the new generation of young workers – The Millennials.  There are differences about where the Millennial generation … [Read more...]

A Crack in the Team’s Armor? Dealing with the Denver Bronco DUI’s

TGC Dam Leak

The recent arrests of Denver Bronco front office executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert for driving under the influence have brought to light an organization that has lost its cultural identity.  Great teams are able to maintain success through staying true to the core characteristics that define who they are and how they go about pursuing their … [Read more...]