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Greisen: Proud of Jim Leonhard becoming new DC

Feb 3, 2017|

02/03/17: Nick Greisen, former Badgers and Giants Linebacker, joins us from Radio Row. A knee injury ended Greisen’s career, so how did he transition into the real world?…

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Joining us here. And the air Schneider super studios we are sitting here talking and price and who former badger drafted by the Giants have been meant Valencia bobbing great yeah a great having had a great experience you know play in the NFL and yeah you know made me in transition also returned to my own thing so making the transition so when you when you're down with football you realistically is it. You're pretty much through high school year coaches you're telling people what to do always says it's like being a big hit the guys you're told what to do almost every minute of every day and when you can eat when you're gonna you know have meetings and everything else and they say okay careers over. Ya know I and that's that's our part about it is I never thought it would be them that difficult you know planned in Wisconsin had a great education. Business background you know came on that okay what's next and I hear you can take that first year's pennant you still play making I had a knee injury which. Which ended my career and yeah I wouldn't have gone back and and son go back the education route when packed northwestern government be from Kellogg. To Albany that's be credible than it is in the street. And that adjustments you own so beneficial from the you know to beat and been okay I've also got all these intangibles that Miller from playing sports growing up and now conduct and actually Seau kept on as an NBA. Prove myself and a top program and an and now about Thomas off trying to give back because of what happened to me in my situation with an injury. You know blowing my knee out in I had different language in my contract that I ended up losing money with and you know you post my MBA hooked up with a group called PF that's a pro financial services. And we actually wrote the first ever call split contract numbers so. On the business side of the NFL is if you get injured you split your contract which. 50% of the NFL had a split in their contract in over point five million dollars in salary was lost by players in 2015. And so you know as he gets towards the end of my career now when you see split ways explained to you that a close look contract means that it's this is your contract is written into his so in the event that a rookie let's let's say last year. As a spasm minimum seller 450000. If he gets injured in place and into reserve he now makes only 333 so he's incurred a loss of 1171000 dollars. And every player that has had that split language in their in their contract if they get into put into reserve in 2015 it totaled 45 million dollars. So that's a big amount of change and it happened to me and my theory and you build year to year contracts are in your career. And I had no leverage of three free agent there's thousands of guys that want want want my position. So I had no no chance but to sign. The veteran minimum split contract third day training camp blow many out who's about 350000 dollars but 50% myself. So after I got linked up with DFS and understanding exactly what they we what we can do. That's that hey can we don't help these guys out and in and protect these guys from the only event that loser there you know there's there's salary because of Theo been injured and one out and so. Heal from this moment on I've been I've been pushing this the players say listen your driver's personal or three years. I mean you lose a 1171000 dollars that's a big chunk of at least 25% of their their first your salary. And even sec the year so every guy that's drafted. After the second round will have a split in their in their contract. You're talking almost 2000 contracts that will be written this year though haven't that that type of language as you is that you trip he has found fans understand it you know making millions like figure million army I think for fifteen Alston you take 50% actually get 40% at the federal levels that 56% had a stay low on the need to 3% that your agent I mean you're now at 50% and so take that for fifty. You walking out of there with you know grant. 220 fives pretty darn nice polite you know again appeal to make definite three years and you're you've got to know the thirty year career work and and and supply in. And and you know him Hilliard years affairs. And all you bought minimally will that money last year for the next few years do you figure out what it is you're gonna double play and and that's that's that's not the culture the NFL and that and that's by one of them the main. Promises. You get in you think you gotta have the playing you gotta have a nice car you gotta have that that lavish lifestyle right. Maybe the top 10% they can do that they've got generational money where they they get done plan they're not gonna have to worry about it and but if you're talking your your seventh round draft pick if fifth round draft pick in played played for five years. You're gonna have to work afterwards in and that is if you you know take care your money while you lawyer Dornan. And so one of the biggest thing that the offense is Donna's is up try to do is is use my. My my experience my story page you can and at any time now granted nobody wants to think that they're gonna get injured I didn't run myself down. And hit guys are 65320. Pounds you know. Willingly. Nothing in and l.'s ever gonna get hurt. So you know that this is something that I gave up guys with feel critics stuff that they were get injured. Then that's what do you guys don't they have been you have to go to them or they start to seek you out it's all a little for the most part up I'm going to ages. Financial advisors and put it's difficult I mean this this business there's a lot of Sharks. I mean there's 800 certified NFL PA agents for 17100 players that ought to make 53 man roster you know I mean I imagine yet. And it most of majority top 20% of the agents control most the players. But you see your trying to get the summary Sharks are trying to get the right people. And promote this stuff and and also make sure that the H and has the best interest in the player. Youkilis on reason there's no it's under for the agent to go until we're hey you should get this policy protect yourself. But I think the financial advisor so. You know that's one of my biggest things and try to do is really push now is what contract but also per game roster bonuses this is something that I really see a lot with the the Packers. As they read a lot of per game roster bonus so that now what happens with this is. If the players injured. Policy and shields Jordy Nelson. And they and then you know the year before. They don't actually they have to be playing on the 46 it was 53 that make the the roster. There's only 46 or just for the game and if you don't just your game you're not gonna get your 116. Of your state roster bonus is one point six million. What's a 100000 dollars per game that your your playing. So if you miss the whole season you lost one point six million you missed three weeks he lost three in a grand. In 2015 players lost over 21 million because of Purdue in Ross once bill. Was what contracts of roster bonus daughter 46 million dollars that players left on the table and that's one of the biggest puts on trying to make sick guys. I've created these policies this is to help you guys protector money that you and all short compete yeah. No doubt about a time when Nick Price and former badger and play in the NFL for eight years in. Played when there was drafted by the New York Giants I I do get askew as you know you still close to the program so close to Wisconsin. Yeah and I decided it's funny it is thought that Jimmy Leonard a message. This morning you know after being in the new team divas coordinate command all about that yeah I think that's pretty girl like the and I think. You know Jim is such it is such a dynamic guy and what he can do in the knowledge that he has I mean. He was under Rex Ryan's tutelage for a really really long time 'cause we actually played together in Baltimore in 2008 I didn't ask Jimmie came in it was as. It was his it was one year deal that he hadn't Baltimore after the bills have let him go there he came into Baltimore and an inning he was possibly going to kick cut they're gonna use they drafted like two young rookies Thompson McAllister and rookie knock tomorrow. And there are gonna Cottam but what happens the last game to. Dawan Landry. Ended up getting hurt with a neck injury ladies summer put in with experience what they were gonna put in the rookies that put into him and Jimmy came and had a breakout year. Was is also as a returner. Rex gets the job and edited New York with the Jets and he's like who lost my got to trust with Jimmy wanted to come help me you know installment defense does. There yet Ed Reed Ed Reed was a guy who's a brainy yankees kinda you know all over the field yet Jimmy this thing yeah I knew exact go to it was gonna do. And so now. And it's gonna stand Baltimore let's take Jimmy because you need that safety to really you know and Rex Ryan defense you have to be heads up guy I'd be really Smart intelligent vote a vote you'll play in the defense. Would. Talk about Rex Ryan Furman because there was a lot of talk you know when he he's obviously going in the broadcast Booth and I think he's going to be good result spoken as he has. Blake maybe as a head coach what is the guy that knows defense is Rex Ryan that kind of a mind that can say I'll put this defense together and I'll make it great. Yeah the best part of all Rex Ryan said he he really he really cares about his players and he's gonna make sure he can you you he's like. He gets guys play for him. All right and you guys they buy in there on that's and that's the number one thing and that's what Perry's done I think you look at the Belichick that the two teams are represented here in this in the super ball. Our two teams that have bought in mean you'd abilities done for seventeen years no I mean you've got the whole program where you've got. In the front office which is him basically making those decisions as as a GM and coach Wright since this is the type of guys that want because this is my system. You can draft those guys. Right now you've got to Atlanta which it when he's been there two years well you look at how many rookies are in his second or first the second year guys and you're talking the whole secondary. I mean in dealing guys and actually haven't you know you more than five fighters experience on the defense a line. So he's able to say OK if we can get everyone you know together. On that this one page and that's where we're gonna draft that businesses are seen scheme this is our system. They're bought him and I think that's the best thing that Rex Ryan brings to the table is he's able to get players to buy into his his program what he wants. Than to do and and player's or are all four players love what the platform. Philosophically where. When you see these two teams talk a bell Bill Belichick you talk about winning you talk about it that ability to ski. Com players would be they have to buy in what is it for a coach to communicate with a player we always hear the term coach him up. You know what is it for a player to buy in to be able to have the ability B quote coach go. All the B coach I think that every player at the first hole is gonna learn differently there was gonna have their own you know Heidi how. At a coach at Wisconsin you deceased that nick that is so not a items on a push that button improves. And your views the yellow uses screamer and I'm like. If you'll me be a team captain in them and a leader of this team don't yell yell yell at me in front of these guys I said. I've arrived I'm more of sew myself a party known of intelligent enough to know exactly what I did wrong. Have a have a conversation. I'm more a more upset about myself. And I think understanding each player understanding what what makes intake. Being able to push up on to say all right well it. How do you learn and this is a way that I think that the coach him up right I think they they try to make things simple I think that you know especially the Dan Quinn defense. Is you know more recover three pace out you know strong strong rotation weak rotation. That. They just let him fly around this not a ton of thinking out there you have to do I think sometimes coaches try to make it to. Football's not a difficult game. I it's very physical but it is mental but if you're thinking more than your rail to actually react and play I know where you're supposed to be you're gonna play that much slower. So if you keep things simple it's like guys play. I think those are the ones that are that are beginning going to be coming out in it and being successful the game Quinn's arm early on in their career now. Now I gonna play Gallic Brady's got some years experience similar you play and Aaron Rodgers and again he'll pick you apart you know with the dink and Duncan and in trying to find the holes in the zones. I'm you do need to change things up every once a while but. If they've got the athletes in the in the back end of Atlanta. I think that they can definitely compete well. That will we hear a lot of out Dom Capers playbook you know being cute when it comes defensive schemes. But the scheme itself is not overly dramatic it's what he can do with it. All EP do you lock guys up with the start relic to you know kind of like fueled Allen's agent Harrell is agent type of thing. Can you lock it up with rookies coming in and trying to learn and absorb. A defense and has so many facets to it. No definitely can you do ethic and you can you can Lou you can lose a lot of guys or limit it it really didn't take me to might you know second or third year to really figure out. You know the different types of coverages I think when I was at Wisconsin we we've really been run a ton of you know pro style defense of coverages and yet to understand cover to cover four cover six. You know two while Tampa to all these different coverages. And how how they do route progression and that takes time right and and when when players say the game slows down for them. That's me that they're truly understand the defense and they can they can see the schemes of an offense and I think if you throw too much at a young guy early on in his career. Yeah you're you're gonna lose them I mean make it simple I think you see every coach in the in the pre season talk this way. That you know we're it's gonna who was gonna run as a simple offense and are on the simple defense. Because I wanna see guys play I want to see how they can actually you know play it at a at a higher level and I think that's that's the most success that you know these teams all have is keep things simple for the guys in and let them play me look at colleges nowadays. They always say that quarterbacks they're coming in the NFL they don't have enough experience they are the aren't. They don't understand the x.s knows they don't understand covers because. Coaches are making it's so simple that they're saying all right. Look over to us and we're gonna actually make the change in the audible for you know you don't need to go look out suited to real high C after or we have you know safety role don't strong. To make that audible themselves. I think that you know coaches on a college over making them what simple simpler for the players but it's. In the long and it's hurting them as a commandment that correlates I got to ask you what you think the Betsy I'm sorry what you think the badger season. Thought that was unbelievable and I I thought that defense was just flat out amazing that that front seven the way that they fool around both linebacker and everybody's. I can drop off when Dave laughed and thought you know what maybe it's dramatically they're gonna lose something they did and it was it was meant as no I was amazing and I think that's that's he'll give credit to Paul Crist and when he's down to Billick if these guys to. Like you said by inning and fly around and give credit that defense and and and the players that they are. On for for really going after or not I'm excited to see what happens this year's I guess decent draft there is decent societies too I mean it wasn't like one of those classes and eat. Never had a class really rank in the top 45. No but you know that's that is the best that that's my best thing about it is you've got guys that are you know what. The blue collar guys you look at the amount of guys I think it but as opposed to some counsel to me went on I think 95%. Of the guys that were trapped in the first round. We're like three stars for a lower. When they were when it came out because you know what you if there's also much more football than they've just been a great athlete listen I was never the best athlete. But the same time you got to have that drive you gotta have that instinct you gotta have that want to. It's it's almost like you're imposing your will on somebody like you're lining up money remodel cross from the guy and stick in your mentality. I'm going to kick his you know what all over the field all day long and if you don't have that mentality you may look good in shorts when you step on the field and it in its game time. You're gonna crumble looked like change you know they say look like tar simply play like Jane and I and that's one of the biggest things that you know it you can that's nothing when you draft. You can't go to the owners say all the this guy's instincts on film look at note what a great football mind yeah. All you can do is is is cover your but I gonna say he was 64260. Ran a 4640 had arms of this he benched this. It's all numbers in and that's where I think he gave you got Belichick who really sees you look at the guy Hogan from mama. It was on three different teams you what you. I don't understand it but. Just fine football guys that got a certain mentality and om and until that's exit you know what I'm gonna make you winner. Yeah I'd been told time and again when I work with Brian no years ago final exit draft we have football Puerto threatening note and that's exactly what you're gonna. It's fantastic setup men thanks for hanging out with I'm sorry gets stuck on line outs here. That's crazy or what it back on the rest of the week here. So I've got a couple got to dinner the party tonight with the NFL owners party active got a good list of Roger Goodell which is. Which is nice. Are you gonna house it was and as it was it's no it's it's at the him not recommend senate but some museum I haven't tonight and we got a dinner. That is really of doing some of the radio stuff really try to push and promote what we're doing at the offense and on trying to help players and you know. AP picket the good face for this this business and and trying to help guys turn to listen to and transition in and also handle the business well there aren't a great start to forget about this in Pakistan now or never have a well Nick Price joining us for a couple of minutes here and ready hero.