Leadership Lessons of an NFL General Manager

Building a Championship Organization or a "Thundering Herd" The popularity of the hit movie “American Snyper” has baffled some that don’t understand, nor even begin to comprehend the concept of putting the needs of others before those of yourself.  The definition of TEAM was never more fully taught and developed within me than over the course of … [Read more...]

Using the power of video and “big hitters” to make football safer

By Shane Tidrick Football is a game designed by brilliant minds and played in barbaric fashion.  It's a not a sport for the timid.  It’s a place where civil unrest is encouraged, violence is endeared, and blood lusts are satisfied.  It's where man and beast become one, and where rage fuels performance.  With all of this come horrific injuries, and … [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...]

We don’t need a Developmental League, we need Football Academies

We’ve all heard over and over again about the need for a Developmental League to supplement the talent pool within the NFL.  The drumbeat mantra bangs “Draft & Develop, Draft & Develop”.  In fact the numbers speak for themselves (in support of a D-League) with the average NFL career lasting all of about 3 years.  The League has argued … [Read more...]

Deaf, Dumb, & Blind loyalty; Is your TEAM doing biz the right way?

Over the course of my career as Director of College Scouting and General Manager for the Denver Broncos, I’d take a couple days after the end of each NFL Draft to reflect back upon the process that led us to selecting the players that we did.  I wanted to know if we had efficiently and effectively collected all the necessary data available on each … [Read more...]

The ALL-Back End of the NFL Draft Team (1992-2009)

This past Friday The Football Educator podcast hosted Dr. Stephen Long of Motere Consulting.  Dr. Long spoke about the importance of what he calls Execution IQ and its relationship with Emotional Maturity in successful athletes.  He wrote a post on the subject for TheFootballEducator.com; The NFL Draft; How GM's manage risk.  The premise is the … [Read more...]

Rookie development will be affected by later NFL Draft date

The NFL pushed the 2014 NFL Draft back two weeks, in order to create something of high importance in a normally quiet month of May.  Although the draft may have received "Record Ratings" for views, the people it matters to the most are highly affected by it: the Rookie Class. The added time led to massive over analysis of prospects and nit picking … [Read more...]

NFL draftees — take charge of your own professional brand from Day One

The NFL Network is airing a commercial on behalf of the League that dramatizes the moment "that lives are changed forever".  The point is to emphasize the enormity of the situation that IS being selected in the annual NFL Draft.  Players step up to the podium, accept their new team's ball cap, hug NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an always awkward … [Read more...]

Bridgewater Defense Mounts – Keeping Perspective

By Joe Landers Teddy Bridgewater didn’t deserve the precipitous drop that came after his Pro Day. He had a great college career and, by all accounts, can command a complex offense with the best of the 2014 prospects. 256 prospects will get drafted, another 650 will get invited to a camp as an undrafted free agent. Essentially, each season, 10,000 … [Read more...]

A lot of Smoke & Mirrors as the 2014 NFL Draft pot reaches a boil

Have you ever put a tea kettle on the stove to boil some water?  I’m sure most of you have, so you understand how water rumbles under the flame as the kettle begins to heat up.  It usually starts out slow and steady, but as the temperature rises to 212 degrees it seems like the pot might just jump off the stove and land on the floor.  Suddenly all … [Read more...]