CLEVELAND, OH — This week, the NFL and the Black College Football Hall of Fame hosted the fourth annual Quarterback Coaching Summit and the inaugural Ozzie Newsome General Manager Forum, and two key Browns members lent a hand and taught lessons from their areas of expertise to prospective minority candidates hoping to build careers in the NFL.
Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, the Browns' Vice President of Football Operations, discussed how he utilizes analytics to dissect the quarterback position on Tuesday, while defensive coordinator Joe Woods spoke on a panel about how to interview for head coaching jobs on Wednesday.
Bill Belichick, Andy Reid, Bruce Arians, Doug Williams, Patrick Mahomes and a slew of other current and former NFL coaches, players and executives attended the virtual summit, which was designed to connect current and aspiring football personnel executives and provide a platform to help prepare, educate and identify quality minority candidates.
"The Ozzie Newsome General Manager Forum and Quarterback Coaching Summit are part of our ongoing efforts to break mobility barriers, establish a cultural norm of opportunity for all, and a steadfast commitment to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce," said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent Sr. "Participants will be exposed to best practices used by the brightest and most creative minds in football, as well as networking opportunities to build relationships and gain personal insights."
Adofo-Mensah's session, in particular, provided a rare look into how he evaluates quarterback talent using complex data. He provided a few of the equations and metrics used by the Browns—and other NFL clubs—after telling his personal narrative of rising from a Wall Street trader and portfolio manager to working in front offices with a data-driven approach to uncovering talent.
Other subjects discussed during the summit were how to build a coaching staff and create a winning culture, how to properly educate and develop a quarterback, and how to interview and prepare for the position of offensive coordinator.
The summit's overall purpose, however, was to offer a platform for minority coaching and front-office candidates to make the transition into the NFL. Both Adofo-Mensah and Woods, who are in their second seasons with the Browns, have blazed their own paths in doing so, making them ideal candidates to speak at one of the league's most resourceful summits.
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