Monday, June 16, 2008

Tim Ruskell Named to GM Committee

by: Michael Steffes

The NFL announced today the formation of what is being called The General Mangers Advisory Committee. Retried Giants GM-turned NFL consultant Ernie Accorsi, as well as NFL VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson, are chairing this committee. Seahawks GM Tim Ruskell is one of the committee members.

This committee has been formed to provide suggestions on policy regarding such events as the Pro Bowl, the Combine, the Draft, and even the preseason.

If you are interested in reading the NFL's press release....



Former New York Giants General Manager ERNIE ACCORSI has been hired as a consultant to the NFL office and will co-chair a new General Managers Advisory Committee, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations RAY ANDERSON announced today.

In his new role, Accorsi will focus on assisting the NFL in monitoring compliance with rules and policies and achieving better and more consistent communication with senior club football personnel.

Accorsi retired from the Giants after the 2006 season following a 35-year career in the NFL, the last 14 with the Giants, including nine as general manager. He also served as general manager of the Cleveland Browns (1985-92) and Baltimore Colts (1982-83).

The General Managers Advisory Committee will provide advice and other feedback to the NFL Football Operations department headed by Anderson. Areas of focus for the committee will include:

* Protecting and supporting the integrity of the game
* Expanded use of technology
* Player development and scouting opportunities
* Development of innovative ideas to improve the Pro Bowl, Scouting Combine, NFL
Draft, and preseason

“With our emphasis on innovation, collaboration, and accountability of all personnel in protecting the integrity of the game, the General Managers Advisory Committee gives our clubs a new mechanism for consistent communication with the league office and will result in better information for our office,” Anderson said.

The General Managers Advisory Committee will be co-chaired by Anderson and Accorsi.

Other members of the committee are JERRY ANGELO (Chicago Bears), KEVIN COLBERT (Pittsburgh Steelers), ROD GRAVES (Arizona Cardinals), JAMES HARRIS (Jacksonville Jaguars), TOM HECKERT (Philadelphia Eagles), MARTY HURNEY (Carolina Panthers), MICKEY LOOMIS (New Orleans Saints), CARL PETERSON (Kansas City Chiefs), JERRY REESE (New York Giants), TIM RUSKELL (Seattle Seahawks), RICK SMITH (Houston Texans), and MIKE TANNENBAUM (New York Jets).