For Broncos’ assistant Ejiro Evero, executive Kelly Kleine, face time with NFL owners a valuable experience

If Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero becomes a head coach or executive director of football operations Kelly Kleine becomes the NFL’s first female general manager, they may point to this past week’s inaugural Coach and Front Office Accelerator as an important launching point.

Held over two days at the league’s spring meeting in Atlanta, more than 60 diverse head coach and general manager candidates attended development sessions, listened to speakers and, most notably, met with team owners.

The goal: Develop a more diverse hiring pipeline. This year, the NFL has five minority head coaches and general managers apiece.

“The league is trying to make a change and it was a really great event,” Kleine said in a phone interview with The Post. “It was really, really good for all of us (participants) to meet each other, too. You got to meet the owners and know them personally, but it was huge for potential head coaches and GMs just to get to know each other because these are the people hopefully getting hired eventually and boom, you have connections. ”

Among the main speakers were owners Jerry Jones (Dallas), Robert Kraft (New England), Clark Hunt (Kansas City) and Art Rooney II (Pittsburgh), Indianapolis coach Frank Reich, Atlanta president / CEO Rich McKay and from outside the NFL, Marvin Ellison, the chairman, president and CEO of Lowe’s.

Breakout sessions included meetings with the league’s Management Council (salary cap) and the Diversity Advisory Committee and workshop-type discussions on how to handle hypothetical situations. All the while, participants could introduce themselves to owners and vice versa.

“I really think it’s a win-win because I think everybody is going to get better from this,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said on the NFL Network.

‘Very eye-opening’

Evero, 41, has worked in the NFL every year except one since 2007, rising from quality control coach with Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Green Bay to safeties coach with the Los Angeles Rams and now coordinator with the Broncos.

Evero was one of 14 coordinators (offense, defense and special teams) in Atlanta.

“In your mind as a football coach, you get caught up in the scheme and X’s and O’s and player evaluations and things of that nature,” he said in a phone interview. “(The seminar) was a good awakening in terms of, if you want to take that next step and be in a leadership position of a head coach or GM, how many other things ownership is looking at on the business side, fan engagement, dealing with the media. It was very eye-opening. ”

Evero attended the seminar Monday and said the emphasis was on specific situations.

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