Did the Buffalo Bills do everything they could to “know” Matt Araiza. Could they or the NFL have done more to vet this highly touted player. The Bills pride themselves in their “culture” and the type of not just players but people they bring into the organization. This key element to any organization should be valuable, like understanding the concept of budgeting a checkbook. The effects of executing this important principle can be very vital to any future endeavors that involve a team structure within any type of organization.
The process if followed properly can be as beneficial as learning and sustaining financial literacy. In some cases, it’s like finding the hardest piece of a puzzle or overcoming a personal fear. The thought process behind it is to protect a company or organization from liabilities that may damage or have detrimental effects on the image or growth of the said entity.
The 32 teams in the National Football League annually indulge in acquiring the best talents from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. According to Wikipedia, there are ten conferences and 131 schools in the NCAA Division I Football Subdivision alone. These special talents come from all over the continental United States. NFL scouts attend specific games to acquire information needed for an NFL team to gain interest. But the real question is…Do the NFL teams do enough investigating of their own? This due diligence is what we call the vetting process.
Bills Sixth Round Pick And The Allegations
The National Football League was in the media news cycle this past week when the news introduced alleged sexual assault allegations against the sixth round 180th overall pick “Punt God” Matt Araiza who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in late April. Due to the inadequate execution of the vetting process, Araiza’s career would take a 180-degree turn when he was cut from the Buffalo Bills.
Many people can speculate on what may have taken place with the situation, but I find it just as important to get to the root cause of the issue. NFL teams have the responsibility of investigating any potential talent that they may find interest in and this includes the Bills. The vetting process includes investigating an individual’s mental health, criminal background, academic background, and any extracurricular activities that one may find pleasure in doing.
The NFL as a whole should go the extra mile while using the vetting process. So, when NFL teams execute this process poorly should they be held responsible? What disciplinary actions should be given to teams who fail to use the vetting process properly? What effects do these improper actions have on the NFL? What effects does it have on the NFL team in itself? Should NFL teams be required to receive retraining on how to properly use the vetting process?
According to an article that was written by NFL.com in 2014, Seahawks GM John Schneider was quoted saying “the hardest thing we do is try to find out what’s in a man’s heart”. The former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominic in the same article was quoted saying “Who they are and what they do away from the football field are two of the hardest non-predictors”. So, is there really an equation for putting together a great vetting process or is this concept just a trip to the casino with the hopes of being dealt an ace and a king in a blackjack game? Can NFL teams really vet like a veteran?
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