Listen Now to Episode 31 - Featuring Bobby Merritt
This week on Up Close In Personnel with Alex Brown, Bobby Merritt - Assistant GM for the Edmonton Eskimos joins us to share his insights on pursuing a career in personnel, roster construction, building a player personnel staff in college football and leadership!
A close friend and mentor in my life, Bobby basically gives us a tutorial on how to successfully assemble a recruiting department and construct a roster in college football!
Having coached, scouted, and recruited at all levels of football, Bobby details his career path and lessons he's learned along the way.
We really dialed in on the roster management and construction aspect of personnel, so this week I decided to simply drop all the notes I took away from the conversation in bullet form below! Follow along and enjoy the show!
-Bobby's Current Role in the CFL
Assistant General Manager
Evaluating US College, Canadian College, CFL and NFL players
-Diverse Experiences in Football
Success comes down to the ability to communicate and collaborate at a high level with the various personalities involved in the profession
Must be able to connect with people around you and work effectively; a more diverse background helps with the ability to relate and connect
-The Impact of the Air Force and Military in Bobby's life and career
-Making the move from Coaching to Personnel
-Roster Construction 101
Identifying MUSTS, NEEDS and WANTS
Assessing the value of your roster and incoming players
Defining a clear role and vision for new players
-The Head Coach-General Manager Relationship: MUST be able to collaborate and communicate at a high, high level to achieve success!
-Advice for Interviewing and Hiring Interns:
1. What are their motives? What is their "Why"?
2. What value do they bring to the team? Can they specialize in an area.
Building and Growing a pro-styled Personnel Department
-3 Core Values
Be a great teammate
Compete to be your best
-Developing as an evaluator
Cannot be afraid of being wrong
Say what you see with conviction
Be a great listener and hear the traits
Understand what your team values
-Parameter vs Skill Set
Depends on level of ball
Certain positions require parameters
Ex 1: Perimeter players must have length and speed
Ex 2: Height doesn't matter as much for linebackers
-Evaluating speed without verified times
Assess the player's play speed on game film
3 key components to look for:
Stride length (gait)
Stride frequency (turnover)
Hip mobility (fluidity and knee drive)
-Predicting the draft vs projecting the player
Remember to always define the role a player will play on your team prior to him joining the program; if you don't, then there's no way of reviewing the success or failure of the acquisition.
Let me know what you took away from the show and be sure to give Bobby a follow on Twitter at @BobbyMerritt8!
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