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Is it a mistake for first year GMs to get caught up in the schedule?



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KAY ADAMS: Oh, good morning, Charley.


KAY ADAMS: Glad you're hanging out with us.

Now, the 2017 NFL schedule was released last night.

So I want to know, as a general manager, do-- do you even look at that?

Are you concerned with it?

Do you invest any time, and if so, how long, when you know that you have the draft six days away?

CHARLEY CASSERLY: Well, certainly you look at it, Kay.

And there's nothing you can do about it, though.

But you do look at it.

And the first thing to me you look at is where's your division moments.

You don't want them all jammed in September.

You like them spread out, especially you like them in December.

That's number one.

Number two, who's your September schedule?

How many teams had their seasons made or broken by how fast or slow they started?

So that's the key.

Last thing, what are our odd games?

How many night games do we have?

Do we have Thursday games?

Do we have west coast trips?

Do we have back to back west coast trips?

Do we have three games in a row on the road?

You know, those are things you look at.

But there's nothing you can do about it.

So you look at it.

You have an opinion.

And then you go on to your next job.

It is-- this is a 10 minute exercise.

NATE BURLESON: All right, Charley.

Let me ask you about the first time GM, like John Lynch, and how he's going to look at the schedule for the first time.

Does he try to look at it like a veteran GM, or does he do it his way as a rookie GM?

CHARLEY CASSERLY: I think he does it as a player.

I mean, Nate, you've been a player.

I'm sure you looked at the schedule and had opinions of it.

Everybody has opinions of it.

So I-- I think he-- I think he's already done it.

So I'm sure that's going to be part of it.

It's going to be part of it as a GM, and he's going to have opinions about the September schedule, how many east coast trips, where are the division games, and same things I talked about conceptually.

But the main thing for him is whatever his opinion is, it's got to stay his opinion.

Because everybody's watching him.

He comes in and he starts complaining about, you know, the schedule, and they-- they-- they did us wrong here, then that's going to be giving people a mentality of excuse making.

No excuse making.

Hey, we've got to go play them.

That's it.

Let's go play.

KAY ADAMS: Charley, you are six days away from the draft.

As a GM, what are you doing?

Like, what are you-- what's your day to day look like?

CHARLEY CASSERLY: Well, at this point in time, Kay, we would be finishing up our draft meetings on a ranking of the position.

So we would get that done probably tomorrow.

And then what we would do along with that is, you know, we'd be dealing with the combine situation, the-- obviously this Reuben Foster thing.

And if there's any other players that has that.

Medical information, we're finalizing that.

And there always seems to be one player that we went out and worked out the week before the draft because we just had to get it finalized in our mind how we were going to rate him.

Then quickly, Sunday through Tuesday, OK, the three days there, we would have strategy sessions.

45 minutes a day, three times a day, where we would-- I would go in, and we would go through mock draft sessions of what things could happen in the draft that would be maybe out of the ordinary.

And we would drill that.

And then what I did on mock drafts, I-- I never looked at a mock draft until the week of the draft.

And then I didn't look at them either.

I had two guys in the media that were outstanding.

Those are the two guys I shared information with to go through my mock draft.

And the only thing I really cared about is don't-- I don't care about what name shows up in the paper.

I want to know how you got to the name.

What were the other names they were looking at?

What was their fallback plan?

Because that told me how they thought.

I wanted to know how they thought, not what I read in the paper.

That would help me-- influence whether we trade up or back.

PETER SCHRAGER: Charley, really quickly, before we wrap.

We talked about Reuben Foster going into this.

You're not so many years removed from being a GM yourself.

Does this take him off your first round board if you were a GM right now, one of the 32 teams in the hot seat?

CHARLEY CASSERLY: Well, here-- here was my rule.

If you failed multiple drug tests, that wasn't good.

Now, that-- that got you off the board.

If you fail the combine, you almost always got off the board.


You either had a problem you couldn't solve or you're not very smart.

Now, this is a diluted sample.

And we've heard his story.

And I'm not going to talk about him specifically, because that's not fair without me talking to him.

But I'll tell you this, ladies and gentlemen.

The longer I was in this, the less I believed the stories, OK?

Because you-- you-- they all got stories now.

And this isn't the first one that drank Gatorade, you know, liquids, because he was dehydrated, all right?

I've heard all these stories.

The longer I went, the less I believed them.

Now, this is something you just have to go investigate.

But he would start going off the board and work his way back on.

If this guy has problems in his past, multiple failed drug tests, that's a real red light for me.

And I'm not saying he does.

But that's one thing I would certainly be aware of to look at.

KAY ADAMS: Appreciate the time and the insight, Charley Casserly, as always.