NFL hires Rod Graves as senior V.P. of football administration

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Here’s something Patriots fans will love to hear: Another Jets employee is joining the league office.

But Rod Graves, the NFL’s new senior V.P. of football administration and club services, only spent a year or so in New York. He previously served as G.M. of the Cardinals.

Per a league source, the NFL has hired Graves to “oversee all club and game-related initiatives concerning the Competition Committee, general managers, and head coaches,” according to the email communicating the hire to the teams. Graves also will “develop and implement new strategic programs within our Football Development group,” which includes the Scouting Combine, the Regional Combines, high school initiatives, and the Career Development Symposium.

While the memo doesn’t specifically state that Graves is replacing long-time league employee Joel Bussert, who retired earlier this year, the email mentions Bussert and explains the latest move as something that “will streamline our leadership and help us deliver clarity, credibility, and consistency to our clubs, players, fans, and colleagues.”

It doesn’t take a genius (which qualifies me immensely) to read between the lines. Graves will be expected, among other things, to prevent hiccups from becoming hash tags. Current leadership failed to do that on January 18, 2015, and the pungent fumes of #DeflateGate not only undermined the Super Bowl but will now hover over the start of a new season, and possibly all of it.

62 responses to “NFL hires Rod Graves as senior V.P. of football administration

  1. Graves will be expected, among other things, to lie, cheat, and destroy evidence to cover up Roger Goodell’s complete lack of knowledge, decision making skill, or ability to run the NFL just as the rest of Goodell’s sheep are.

    ^^ fixed that part.

  2. when does Goodell & company realize that never admitting you make/made mistakes, when it is painfully obvious to everyone, undermines all credibility?

    Whether you think the Patriots cheated or not, whether you hate Ray Rice or not, whether you think AP was wrong or not, etc… in pretty much every case the NFL screwed up in major ways, yet never admits to it. Goodell first created a league office with no processes in place and then fails to oversee the keystone cop antics of his minions. The NFL owners maybe the dumbest people on earth for sticking with Goodell because “he makes them so much money”, because there are at least 5-10 people at each Fortune 500 company who could make them even more $ and prevent the league from these PR screw-ups. To think Goodell is some uber-talented executive is mind boggling to me….he is a middle-manager at best.

  3. Who leaked to Kravitz and Mortensen, what exactly did they,who authorized the leak, and why haven’t they been disciplined if the are an NFL or Colts employee?

    Isn’t that a more relevant story than Rod Graves being named the NFL’s new senior V.P. of football administration and club services?

    Why isn’t anyone in the media pushing for answers?

    We are almost six months out and the NFL knows the truth, they just won’t come clean.

  4. Goodell will eliminate the suspension. He can’t go to court. A federal court in Missouri has already raised a major concern over the Commissioner’s authority and the company tasked with the laughable science in the Wells Report is currently in contempt of court in Illinois. Brady will not lose in court especially in Massachusetts. The sooner Goodell ends this the faster we can all just try to enjoy some football. What would the NFL care if there is temporary public uproar when it happens? When has the NFL ever cared about the opinion of anyone other than that of the 32 owners??

  5. Patriot fans don’t have to worry Mike, they have you to shill for them. You really don’t get into trouble with the league after all the badmouthing you do? Shocking.

  6. Oh, and deflategate will stink up the whole season, because you’ll make sure it does.

  7. As a long time Cardinal fan, Graves was completely over his head as GM, never proactive, and for the most part seemed completely clueless.

    Only reason he stayed GM for so long is because he did a good job of brown nosing Bill Bidwell before Michael finally got enough power to give rid of him.

    No idea was the league see in Graves, unless kissing up to Goodell was a main requirement for the job.

  8. How about when anonymous league employees leak inflammatory falsehoods during super bowl week…
    somebody put a stop to it and correct the misinformation?
    Yes, thank you Mr. Florio.
    Of course a certain franchise is probably exempt from such a courtesy.

  9. Even Florio knows the number of ex-Jets employees employed at NFL HQ is getting to be a joke.

  10. I am old now and these types of high paying do nothing jobs unfortunately didnt exist when I was trying earn my keep in this world

    Can someone young and smart please explain to an old codger in 140 characters or less what the hell this guy will do to earn no doubt a mega 6 figure salary

    thank you in advance

  11. I hope for his sake he’s better at this job than he was as a GM. The good news is, if he screws this gig up, at least he’s not taking an entire team and their fan base with him.

  12. As a Cardinals fan. We won’t have anything to worry about. This is THE MOST INCOMPETENT Exec in NFL history! He’s a disgrace. He acts LOST! Like he doesn’t know where he is, or WHY he’s there! He’s a true MORON!

  13. Does the league office know who Rod Graves is?

    He’s a company kind of guy. The problem is, he has always appeared to be a bit oblivious to everything going on around him. He also moves at a snail’s pace with everything.

    He was the type of GM who made his free agency splash by setting up meetings on day 6 of free agency. Then overpay for a scrub who shouldn’t even be in the league anymore (or close to it).

    He’ll toe the company line, but expecting anything more out of him… like an actual poignant thought not given to him… well that’s stretching it.

    As for one of the commenters above… I don’t know why they think Goodell makes them money. Last I checked, they were paid by the networks and the fans to watch football.

    What Goodell does is bring down the league, by making idiotic decisions, by acting like a moron…he supposedly ‘has to’ hold athletes to account, but never themselves. It stinks, plain and simple.

    Then again I think what we really are seeing, is that it is the owners who are the biggest idiots. They have been getting fat off of free TV money for so long, that they are getting stupid, and doing stupid stuff, just because… none of it has harmed their profits before.

    This could go on for awhile, or maybe it reaches a point where there is some blowback, but remember, its the idiot owners who decide to keep an idiot Goodell.

    The NFL is much like a limited democracy. In their universe there are 32 owners who vote, and it’s clear from their decisions, it’s a universe filled with crazy out of touch morons. Goodell is just a manifestation of a symptom of a larger problem. Luckily for them, the public loves football, and for now, have overlooked their idiocy. But that doesn’t mean it will stay like that forever.

  14. Ah the jets and cardinals. When you have the pedigree of NFL franchises on your resume its easy to see why this hire was made……

    Though I don’t like him much and of course he can’t do it, this is probably a job Jerry Jones would be a fantastic at.

  15. I guess they didn’t choose me for the position when I said, I see myself as the next Commissioner in 2 years.

  16. @hjb99992013:

    Pretty much the same as the higher ups in the corporate world. He will call meetings…

    (but I don’t fit your criteria – I am an old codger too…)

  17. .
    How many lackeys and Idol worshipers does Goodell need? We already have Pash, Gardi, Blandino, Vincent, Henderson, Blandino, Kensil and Vincent.

    When will Vincent reprimand the league for spending so much money on a box of hammers?
    .

  18. Rod Graves was GM of the Cardinals for 15 years and they had ONE SINGULAR double digit win season. There was no reason for him to be GM for that long, and there’s even less reason for him to hold such a high office with the league. The only reason he’s around has to be that Goodell found someone who will do his bidding, no questions asked, because otherwise no one in their right mind would hire him.

  19. Its crazy the owners can stand the level of incompetence Gooddell and the league office displays.

  20. “As a Cardinals fan. We won’t have anything to worry about. This is THE MOST INCOMPETENT Exec in NFL history! He’s a disgrace. He acts LOST! Like he doesn’t know where he is, or WHY he’s there! He’s a true MORON!”

    It looks like he will fit right in the league office.

  21. Funny a hell…You lose you jobs w/the jets…because you are dumb, working for the dumbest team…and you get more $$$ to work for the league…which gets dumber by the month.

    When are the other 31 owners going to realize the jets do not belong in the NFL???…nor do their past employees.

  22. For all you Goodell bashers, one question, how many games should a child abuser get? How many games should a wife or girl friend beater get? Why do expect the NFL to get it right when our criminal justice system can’t even get it right? These off field issues are in the hands of the players and the owners. They are the ones promoting the abuse and protecting the abusers. Blame them.

  23. What’s the funniest part about the Goodell bashing is Kraft hand picked him for this job, he’s bent over backwards to cover things up and minimize punishment for the Pats in the past except for this one time. Does anyone remember Pats fans complaining while Goodell was tweaking rules to protect Brady from getting hurt or when he was burning evidence to protect them during spygate? I don’t. If you don’t trust Goodell then you don’t trust Kraft because they are connected no matter what.

  24. .
    @limakeys

    ” These off field issues are in the hands of the players and owners. ”

    I put out an APB for your mind. Goodell has nothing to do with these off field issues, if you exclude the fact that he appointed himself judge, jury, prosecutor, and appellate judge. He’s a failure in all positions because he’s not a leader, just a cut rate PR guy.
    .

  25. Kraft recommended Goodell for the position, supported him through every bad decision, and accepted his punishment. If you don’t trust Goodell then you probably shouldn’t trust Kraft either.

  26. As a Cardinals fan, just seeing that name gives me the shudders.

    Pass on Terrell Suggs and take Calvin Pace.

    Pass on Adrien Peterson and take Levi Brown.

    What a genius.

  27. 6Baller, the commissioner has that power, as past and future commissioners will have. But again, that wasn’t the question. The point is players who committed off field crimes force the commissioner to take action. The other point is if the PA wanted these men out of their league, they would be. The same for the owners.

  28. whitetrash69 says:
    Jul 8, 2015 5:49 PM

    Does anyone remember Pats fans complaining while Goodell was tweaking rules to protect Brady from getting hurt or when he was burning evidence to protect them during spygate? I don’t. If you don’t trust Goodell then you don’t trust Kraft because they are connected no matter what.

    __________________________________

    Well, no, because those things never happened – only in your head. The “rule to protect Brady” was actually put in place because of the Carson Palmer injury & “burning evidence” during Spygate?? That’s tinfoil hat material right there. Like when they showed a loop of the Pats tapes at a press conference open to the press? That kind of evidence burning?

  29. limakey, why has Goodell covered up who leaked to Kensil and Mortensen? Why did he not punish the leaks and the lies? Why did he favor a procedure that would let guys like Vincent and Kensil confer with the Colts in advance of the AFCCG, investigate at halftime (in violation of NFL protocols), speak off the record to the media, allow lies about the facts surrounding the so-called deflategate to go uncorrected, require confidentiality agreements to ensure the public did not learn the correct facts, hire a law firm at a cost of multi-millions to railroad the Patriots and Brady, decide guilt or innocence, and decide the punishment? All while calling possibly the greatest player in the game a liar and a cheat when there was no evidence of either?

    That level of corruption is worthy of the worst political scandals.

    Because it is the NFL are we suppose to look the other way?

  30. Offensive linemen are going to get away with murder on Graves’ watch. Take a look at his track record with the Cardinals, and you’ll come to learn that Rod Graves has no idea what an offensive line is.

  31. whitetrash69 says:
    Jul 8, 2015 6:53 PM
    Goodell said he burned the tapes. It happened.
    =====================
    Why don’t you ask Jay Glazer for a private screening?

  32. rod graves is dumb as a box of rocks. he as no clue about anthing. he couldn’t plan lunch at a taco bell. stupid yes man. kissed bill bidwills butt for ever. sorry jerk.

  33. And he will accept his resignation as well

    whitetrash69 says:
    Jul 8, 2015 5:57 PM
    Kraft recommended Goodell for the position, supported him through every bad decision, and accepted his punishment.

  34. patsbrat says:
    Jul 8, 2015 3:46 PM
    @hjb99992013:

    Pretty much the same as the higher ups in the corporate world. He will call meetings…

    (but I don’t fit your criteria – I am an old codger too…)

    ———————————————————————

    Reminds me of the time when there was a fire alarm, by the time I walked down 9 flights of stairs, I had requests to attend 5 meetings.

  35. Tiger, No can control the media. They do not have to reveal their source, so it it is useless for any agency to try to get to bottom of the leak. Just as useless as to try to hold a journalist responsible for their slant on a story. If any adult trusts the media in any arena of life, I would be shocked.

  36. limakey, the NFL has every right to know who in their office or working for a team leaked information in violation of NFL protocols. Of course they know who did it. They are covering it up.

    Clearly, you and I have different views on this case and about the world in general but I trust that you are a decent person.

    How do you sit back and support an administrative guy, appointed by billionaires, to carry out the sham investigation and penalties Goodell has against a guy that has done so much for the game?

    Shame on you.

  37. Tiger, I think you are a fine example of a human being. I trust your posts come from your heart and your strong belief of right and wrong. I have just seen and have been a victim of media accounts of events and hiding behind the shield law. My family was crushed by a journalist. I had no recourse because of the shield law and a journalists’ rights to say whatever the hell they want.

  38. Great! He did such a great job for the Cardinals while he was there. I’m sure this hire was based on merit.

  39. Goodell didn’t change the rules after the Brady injury. Not that I see what is supposed to be wrong with changing the rules to keep players from targeting the lower legs of a stationary QB. That rule was in place after the Carson Palmer injury. But for some reason it wasn’t enforced when Bernard Pollard ended Brady’s 2008 season. So the NFL reiterated (or ‘clarified’) the rule to make that kind of doubly illegal.

    As for destroying the Spygate tapes, that was only done after they had first been shown to the media privately, and then they had started to be leaked to various sources. Since Goodell obviously couldn’t keep his own office under control, he had to take the extreme step of destroying the videos (or so he thought). That was no favor to the Pats, as it only left legions of fans thinking that Goodell was covering something up.

    And anybody who still thinks Goodell does favors for the Pats is just stupid. You’d have to be seriously dim to think that the largest penalty ever for an unproven allegation constitutes a favor.

  40. is there a junior VP of football administration too? or is ‘senior’ used to make the position seem more important

  41. Cardinals fans say he is not proactive and is a yes man.
    The NFL office is perfect for him, they are all about being confused, indecisive and not knowing exactly what they are supposed to do every day.
    I can picture him sitting at a desk trying to decipher
    his job description with the rest of the guys.
    If things get unbearably slow, he can always find a big stick and shove up the backside of the nearest NE Patriot. That earns you big points at the office.

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