Archive for February, 2014

Transcript of NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock’s 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Conference Call — Tuesday, February 18

Provided in the link below is the transcript of NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s 2014 NFL Scouting Combine conference call from earlier today.

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NFL Media Provides Exclusive Live Coverage of NFL Scouting Combine for 10th Year

NFL Network, & NFL Mobile From Verizon Cover 2014 NFL Scouting Combine with 23-Man Roster of Analysts, Hosts & Reporters

Live Coverage of Combine Drills Begins Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 AM ET

Coverage of Combine Press Conferences Thursday, February 20 & Friday, February 21 at 2:00 PM ET

For the 10th year, NFL Media provides exclusive multi-platform coverage of the league’s next generation of talent with more than 60 hours of programming of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour. Beginning Thursday, February 20, NFL Network, and NFL Mobile broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, providing an up-close look at South Carolina defensive Jadeveon Clowney, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and the rest of the more than 330 NFL prospects looking to take the next step in their careers. Additionally, NFL Network’s live coverage of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine can be accessed on mobile phones exclusively through NFL Mobile From Verizon.

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2014 NFL Combine: Club Personnel Media Availability

Please check back for additional speakers and updates

 Thursday, February 20

9:45 AM          Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins Head Coach

10:00 AM        Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears Head Coach

10:15 AM        Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager

10:30 AM        Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans Head Coach

10:45 AM        Ruston Webster, Tennessee Titans Executive Vice President/General Manager

11:00 AM        Phil Emery, Chicago Bears General Manager

11:15 AM        Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills Head Coach

11:30 AM        Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager

11:45 AM        Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons Head Coach

Noon        Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions Head Coach

12:15 PM        Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach

12:30 PM        Tom Telesco, San Diego Chargers General Manager

12:45 PM        John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach

1:00 PM        Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach

1:15 PM        Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings General Manager

1:30 PM        David Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager

1:45 PM        Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders Head Coach

2:00 PM        Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager

2:15 PM        Dennis Hickey, Miami Dolphins General Manager

2:30 PM        Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles General Manager

2:45 PM        Rex Ryan, New York Jets Head Coach

3:00 PM        John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager

3:15 PM        Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach

3:30 PM        Dave Gettleman, Carolina Panthers General Manager

4:00 PM        Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

4:30 PM        John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks Executive Vice President/General Manager

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NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy Kicks Off in Phoenix

28 Current and Former NFL Players to Participate

The NFL and NCAA are offering the fourth annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy that kicks off today in Phoenix.  The three-day program (February 14-16), developed in 2011 by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, will provide 58 coaches/coaching prospects – including 18 NFL Legends and 10 current NFL players (list below) — with tools and networking opportunities for potential careers as football coaches.

Many of the participants currently have high school or college coaching positions. The NCAA also invited football coaches who have less than eight years of college coaching experience to take part.

Arizona State University head coach TODD GRAHAM will serve as the opening night keynote speaker. Additional keynote speakers for the program include Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator TODD BOWLES and running backs coach STUMP MITCHELL, and NFL Network analyst and former Redskins and Texans general manager CHARLEY CASSERLY.

“The NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy provides both current players and NFL Legends with a unique opportunity to learn from top coaches at every level of the game,” said JAMES THRASH, manager of NFL Player Engagement. “Our goal is to develop a professional pipeline of coaches who understand the NFL standard and transfer that knowledge of coaching skills, leadership, and character to players at all levels.”

In keeping with NFL Player Engagement’s industry leading peer-to-peer model, participants will gain knowledge and insight into the world of coaching from those who have been successful on the sidelines.  Sessions will include instruction from NFL, college and high school coaches, business leaders and athletic administrators.  Topics include how to build a personal and professional brand; managing budgets; successful networking; health and safety; media messaging; coaching contracts; building relationships in college; effective leadership; understanding the academic landscape; and the interview process. Participants also will experience mock interview sessions.

“Continuing the education of administrators and coaches can provide a better, more complete, experience for athletes, whether on campus or in the professional arena,” said DR. BERNARD FRANKLIN, NCAA executive vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs and chief inclusion officer. “The partnership with the National Football League has a positive impact on the sport and those charged with developing the game and its participants. The exposure of aspiring coaches to a collection of the top minds in football – specifically on important topics such as financial literacy and mental health to the locker room culture – is crucial now and in the future.”’

For the complete release, click here

NFL Statement on Report of Independent Counsel Ted Wells

“Our office has received the report of independent counsel Ted Wells, which sets forth the findings of his investigation into the workplace environment at the Miami Dolphins. Consistent with our commitment at the outset of this matter, the full report has been transmitted to our clubs and has been made public. We appreciate the work of Ted Wells and his colleagues and the cooperation of the Miami Dolphins organization in the investigation. After we have had an opportunity to review the report, we will have further comment as appropriate.”

Ted Wells Releases Report to the National Football League

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Goodell Comments on Michael Sam

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke today at Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition “Wall Street Project” in New York City. One of the topics Goodell was asked to addressed concerned Michael Sam.

“Good for him,” said Goodell. “He’s proud of who he is and had the courage to say it. Now he wants to play football. We have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. We will have further training and make sure that everyone understands our commitment. We truly believe in diversity and this is an opportunity to demonstrate it.”

NFL Health and Safety Update—February 12, 2014

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NFL Retired Player Benefits and Programs

To view a snapshot of benefits and programs available to retired NFL players click here.

NFL Statement on Michael Sam

“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”

In April 2013, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent the NFL’s sexual orientation anti-discrimination and harassment policy to all club presidents, coaches and general managers who made it available to all players and staff. Click here for the policy.