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...]

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...]

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

WASHINGTON ( -- 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...]

The NFL Draft: How a General Manager Manages Risk

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...]

Something is brewing in D.C. with the Redskins & it ain’t beer

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...]

Is the NFL Personal Conduct Policy of Roger Goodell really working? Numbers say NO.

I ran across this somewhat dated but interesting article, and wasn't surprised in the least.  Commissioner Roger Goodell and the rest of the NFL Front Office Executives fully understand the ramifications of illegal/criminal/questionable behavior and its boomerang ramifications upon the red, white, and blue shield of professional football.  And so … [Read more...]

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

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...]

The ties that bind the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs

Crazy weekend of football and along with it came a crazy schedule for The Football Educator as well.  I flew out to Las Vegas to do color analysis for and the UNLV vs Central Michigan match up at Sam Boyd Stadium.  Sunday morning I sat in McCarran International Airport and did two hours of The Football Educator radio show via … [Read more...]

Cleveland Browns 2013 season opener; anomaly, trend, or bad luck?

Analyzing week 1 of any NFL regular season is always a bit confounding.  A single game does not a season make and The Football Educator is constantly preaching of the importance of maintaining consistency over the long haul versus a quick emotional knee jerk reaction when building a Super Bowl contender. Madison Avenue marketing or key … [Read more...]