It was reported previously that the Arizona Cardinals hired Debbie Pollom as executive assistant away from the St. Louis Rams. The team has officially announced that Pollom was added to the football operations team and also that they have hired Mike Disner as Director of Football Operations.
Disner comes to Arizona from the NFL Management Council where he served the past four years as Labor Operations Manager (2012) and Labor Operations Coordinator (2009-11). Prior to working for the management council, Disner worked with the New England Patriots where he began his professional career as a scouting assistant in 2007. He interned with the Patriots for two summers (2005 and ‘06) while working on his degree in Economics which he received from Williams College (MA) in 2007.
Pollom joins the Cardinals after spending the last 21 seasons with the Rams, including the last 12 seasons as the Director of Scouting Administration. She began her career as a player personnel assistant with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL in 1983. She then worked for the Chicago Blitz in 1984 before working for the Cleveland Browns from 1984-89. Pollom was as a Pro Scouting Assistant for New England for two seasons (1990-91) before joining the Los Angeles Rams as a player personnel assistant in 1992.
ESPN's Mike Sando noted that there is a New England Patriots connection in the front office. New player personnel director Jason Licht worked for the Patriots recently. Disner did so as well.
Considering the success New England has had over the last more than a decade, it should not come as a surprise that the Cards would want to follow their model. Now that they have some people that have worked there, maybe they can accomplish this.
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