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

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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 that built up energy lets loose and results in a high pitched whistle. Part of the process So … [Read more...]

Heavy odds against high school/college players making it to the NFL

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NFL Free Agency is into its second week and some major activity has already captured the headlines of sports pages across the country.  Just in the first 24 hours alone there were 49 players grabbing $358,040,000 in guaranteed money over contracts valued at a total of $879,075,000.  Again, this was just on DAY 1! Quick Pick The anticipation and excitement leading up to the first 24 was nothing short of the same fanatical frenzy that drives … [Read more...]

Rashard Mendenhall shows COURAGE in the face of life’s journey

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Though controversial at times in his statements about particular subjects outside of football (specifically the death of Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 attacks, and parallels to the NFL & slavery), I respect the words and the manner in which Rashard Mendenhall chose to end his NFL career.  Life is indeed a journey and not a particular destination.  TFE is anxious to see where he takes things from here. Courage The ability to do something … [Read more...]

EPA – Exceeding Peer Average & its relevance to the NFL Combine

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Part two of Joe Landers' study on the relevance of the NFL Combine takes a hard look at the notion of EPA (Exceeding Peer Average) and the idea that one single athletic attribute can lead a young prospect to success, but that an understanding of the correlative combinations in reference to one's peer group is a better predictor over the long run. Here's the link to Part 1 if you missed it - Seeking to find the relevance of the NFL Combine. The … [Read more...]

Seeking to find the relevance of the NFL Combine

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I've asked Joe Landers to update his statistical analysis  of the NFL Combine as we continue to seek to find the relevance in this annual pro football scouting extravaganza.  Here's the link to last year's look - The NFL Combine - Finding the Relevance The Football Educator Relevance of the Combine Physical Attribute Testing and NFL Success By Joe Landers Two Wide Receivers ran a sub-4.40 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Combine. Another … [Read more...]

5 Business Lessons From Former NFL GM Ted Sundquist

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I recently had the chance to sit down with the Motley Fool's own Jake Mann to discuss some of the business principles that I felt crossed over into the world of professional football and the emphasis I put on these in my book Taking Your Team To The Top - How to build and manage great teams like the pros.   The following interview appeared on their website on February 9, 2014. 5 Business Lessons From an NFL GM By Jake Mann | More … [Read more...]

NFL Draft Prospects – Declared Underclassmen Preview

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I sat on the NFL's Underclass Advisory Committee for a number of years.  Our job was to give an unbiased assessment of where a particular college football player (underclassman) might be selected in the coming draft.  There were multiple inputs from a number of clubs, each with their own evaluation techniques and philosophies.  The goal was to provide a broad but informative recommendation to a young player who might be contemplating forgoing his … [Read more...]

Bumps, Bruises, & Breaks: The most common NFL injuries

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With Super Bowl XLVIII only days away and the talk of the importance of maintaining a healthy NFL roster to get to the "Big Game", TFE thought it would informative to provide a glimpse into some of the most common injuries related to professional football.  The following illustration comes from the Wall Street Journal and the injury summaries are taken from a related article via SimpleTherapy.com.   Our thanks to Ralph Cindrich (NFL Agent) for … [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 State head coach agreed to a long term contract with the Texans on Tuesday after being a reported target … [Read more...]

The Four Seasons of Professional Football

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The Football Educator is always touting that "There is NO off season in professional football" and yet through the following article it's easy to see that there are actually FOUR SEASONS to follow your favorite team. By Michael Burke I live in Arizona. One of my best friends now lives up in the Northeast. One thing he loves to tell me is that where he lives he has four seasons. Hey, I have four seasons too. They are the Pre Season, the Regular … [Read more...]