Adding to the front office

Posted by Darren Urban on February 6, 2013 – 9:35 am

The Cardinals have made a pair of new additions to the front office: Mike Disner as a director of football administration and Debbie Pollom as executive assistant.

Disner had spent the last four years working for the NFL Management Council, and started in the NFL with the New England Patriots, where he was a scouting assistant in 2007 and interned for a pair of summers before that. He will have multiple duties, including salary cap management. The front office has a distinct Patriots flavor now, with Jason Licht as VP of player personnel and football administration coordinator Matt Caracciolo also having come to the Cards from the Patriots.

Pollom spent the last 21 years with the St. Louis Rams, including the last 12 as director of scouting administration. She too worked for the Patriots, although that was back in 1990-91, and spent six seasons working for the Cleveland Browns before that.


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Front office changes: UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on May 2, 2012 – 10:32 am

In the NFL, the week or so after the draft is the time when personnel changes happen. The rules are such that personnel men can’t move from team to team as the draft approaches for obvious reasons. But new jobs are offered and teams make moves with scouts and the like right after, in that month or so when the scouting finally gets a break before gearing up for another marathon of work before the next draft.

So today comes a couple of reports concerning the Cardinals. A report first came out of New England, where Shalise Manza Young tweeted Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht was leaving the Patriots to take an unknown role with the Cards. Then Adam Caplan tweeted out Cardinals director of pro personnel T.J. McCreight was leaving to take a job with the Colts (which I have since confirmed.) The Cardinals have not announced anything officially.

If Licht sounds familiar, it’s because he worked for the Cardinals in 2008, hired away from the Eagles and was with the Cards for the Super Bowl year. He left after the Super Bowl to take the Patriots job, and McCreight was the one hired to replace him.

(Here’s a story I wrote about McCreight and fellow pro personnel guy Quentin Harris, for those wondering about what the job entails.)

UPDATE: It was all true and now official: Licht has returned to Arizona. McCreight, as I noted earlier is working for Indy. And on top of everything, Steve Keim — who was in the mix to be the Rams’ GM earlier this offseason, has been promoted to VP of player personnel. Read all about it here.

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