September 28, 2018 Meeting

Sponsored by Paul Martinet

• Michael Lombardi, National Football Analyst, College & NFL

• Andrew Policky, Arcadia High School Coach

• Doors open at 11:00a.m.; lunch will be served at 11:30a.m. and the program begins promptly at 12:00 noon
• Location: University Club, 175 N. Oakland, Pasadena, CA
• Cost is $28 for members, $33 for non-members
Click here to RSVP. Please note that your RSVP provides a headcount for food service. It does not reserve or guarantee a selected table or place at a table.
• Free valet parking in lot adjacent to the University Club. Look for the Quarterbacks’ banner at the lot entrance. There is two-hour parking on the streets.
• To enter this week’s Empty Chair auction to sit at the speakers table, click here or email EmptyChair@PasadenaQuarterbacks.org. Please give us your name, phone number and amount of your bid. Bidding will close on noon this Thursday.

Michael Lombardi speaks at Pasadena QuarterbacksAbout Michael Lombardi

Former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Lombardi reveals what makes football organizations tick at the championship level. Lombardi shares what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football.

In Gridiron Genius Michael Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and win–and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again.

In reality, very few coaches understand the philosophies, attention to detail, and massive commitment that defined NFL juggernauts like the 49ers and the Patriots. The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. Gridiron Genius will explain how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other minds won’t even contemplate. How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard?

To some, game planning consists only of designing an attack for the next opponent. But Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script everything: from an afternoon’s special-teams practice to a season’s playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint. Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend. First stop: Belichick’s Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. Spoiler alert: He always nails it.

From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, Gridiron Genius gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.

MICHAEL LOMBARDI was most recently an internal consultant for Bill Belichick in the New England Patriots’ front office, after thirty years working for the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders, and the Cleveland Browns (where he was general manager for two years). He writes a column for The Athletic and has his own podcast, GM Street on the Ringer Podcast Network.

Quarterbacks’ Brick at Rose Bowl

Did you know that your Pasadena Quarterbacks purchased ‘a brick’ as our contribution to the Rose Bowl upgrade? Here’s what it looks like:

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You can check it out in person: The brick is located at Gate “A” (the main south entrance to the stadium), at the northwest corner of the brick garden. Look for the City of Pasadena section. Our brick is in the bottom row, and under the word City.

A fitting tribute to the City, Rose Bowl, and our presence in both.