Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Another boring NFL Combine

From where I sit it looks like the NFL has wrapped up it's most pointless off-season activity...


The NFL combine is a wonderful way to fill up time on the NFL Network and keeps the league in the news, but apart from that it's boring. What did we learn from this year's activities? Not much. Johnny Manziel refused to do any throwing. Jadeveon Clowney is fast. Hardly shocking stuff. A number of these activities are useful, but the two biggest are almost useless. Running the 40 and benching 225 mean nothing to the game. Yes, it's good to be a fast runner in the NFL. But when was the last time you saw a lineman running 40 yards down field in an arrow straight line? Or a DB running forward at all? I don't care if a MLB can bench 225 50 times, can he read the play? Can the Center see blitz packages and call blocking schemes? There's only one way to figure all that out. Watch them play. I'm not saying abolish the combine. It has several good tests and is a chance for teams to meet with prospective talents. But it's not the be-all-and-end-all of football scouting. Just ask the Seahawks.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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