Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Taking stock as Cardinals adjust front office
By Mike Sando
There's a New England Patriots flavor to the Arizona Cardinals' front office.
Player personnel director Jason Licht and newly hired director of football administration Mike Disner both have Patriots ties.
The Cardinals announced Disner's hiring Wednesday. They also announced a previously known addition: Debbie Pollom, the St. Louis Rams' director of scouting administration, was hired as executive assistant.
Licht was a Patriots scout beginning in 1999, one year before Bill Belichick's arrival as head coach. He remained with the team and was promoted under Belichick before leaving to join the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003. Licht left the Eagles for the Cardinals in 2008, then rejoined Belichick and the Patriots for three seasons before landing in Arizona a year ago.
Disner had spent two seasons with the Patriots as an intern before graduating from Williams College with an economics degree in 2007. The Patriots hired him as a scouting assistant in 2007. Disner has spent the past four years working on the NFL Management Council, most recently as labor operations manager.
Disner's hiring isn't earth-shattering news in the NFC West. But as the Cardinals continue to remake themselves in the post-Rod Graves era, it's useful to note commonalities among some of the people hired to the front office. The team promoted Steve Keim to replace Graves as general manager this offseason. Licht also received a promotion.