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RoanokeFan
02-29-2012, 11:19 AM
THE COMBINE: WATCHING PAINT DRY? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/2/28/2831450/the-combine-watching-paint-dry)

"So I made it a point to watch some of the Combine on the NFL Network this
past weekend, just to kind of get a feel for what it was about and if it was
worth this hardcore football fan's time. The Combine, which began last Thursday
and wraps up today in Indianapolis, is a great opportunity for coaches, scouts
and GMs to evaluate talent. And it's programming the NFL Network can put on a
few weeks after the Super Bowl, when most football fans are following
basketball, hockey, NASCAR or, I don't know, The Weather Channel.<div class="entry-body">


Anyway, I turned it on with an open mind, just in time for Rich Eisen to ask
his fellow commentators such as Brian Billick what you do with film from the
Combine. He really asked Billick, "What do you do with this? It's like your
wedding video, isn't it?" The answer is you go back and you analyze each
player's skills against your draft needs. Which means you watch it a few more
times than your wedding video.</p>


But I was pleasantly surprised that not fifteen minutes in, Jerry Reese
appeared for an interview. I struck gold! Reese told Eisen and company that he
uses the Combine to confirm things the scouts saw watching these players in the
fall. He also showed his support again for coach Tom Coughlin and joked that
last year at 10-6 and not making the playoffs, he looked dumb by keeping
Coughlin. But after going 9-7 and winning it all, he looks smart for keeping TC
and for not making a huge splash player-wise in the offseason. Reese went on to
talk about how it's okay to draft at number 32, because you can wind up with
players like <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34493/mario-manningham">Mario
Manningham</a> in the third round as the Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) did the year
after winning it all four years ago.</p>


Unfortunately, it went downhill from the Reese interview. I watched very
large men--some O-linemen and then some tight ends--sprint, run sideways and
backwards, jump high, jump far, and bench press a lot of weight. And this
interested me, um, not at all.</p>


So yeah, watching the Combine is like watching paint dry--maybe not quite as
bad, but let's just say you have to love football more than you love anything
else to get a charge out of it. Or you have to be an aspiring coach. Or you have
to be someone that wants to escape his honey-do list for a few hours, and try to
kill one afternoon out of hundreds to go until we have real football
again."</p></div>

fletch842
02-29-2012, 01:53 PM
THE COMBINE:* WATCHING PAINT DRY? (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/2/28/2831450/the-combine-watching-paint-dry)

"So I made it a point to watch some of the Combine on the NFL Network this
past weekend, just to kind of get a feel for what it was about and if it was
worth this hardcore football fan's time. The Combine, which began last Thursday
and wraps up today in Indianapolis, is a great opportunity for coaches, scouts
and GMs to evaluate talent. And it's programming the NFL Network can put on a
few weeks after the Super Bowl, when most football fans are following
basketball, hockey, NASCAR or, I don't know, The Weather Channel.<div class="entry-body">


Anyway, I turned it on with an open mind, just in time for Rich Eisen to ask
his fellow commentators such as Brian Billick what you do with film from the
Combine. He really asked Billick, "What do you do with this? It's like your
wedding video, isn't it?" The answer is you go back and you analyze each
player's skills against your draft needs. Which means you watch it a few more
times than your wedding video.</p>


But I was pleasantly surprised that not fifteen minutes in, Jerry Reese
appeared for an interview. I struck gold! Reese told Eisen and company that he
uses the Combine to confirm things the scouts saw watching these players in the
fall. He also showed his support again for coach Tom Coughlin and joked that
last year at 10-6 and not making the playoffs, he looked dumb by keeping
Coughlin. But after going 9-7 and winning it all, he looks smart for keeping TC
and for not making a huge splash player-wise in the offseason. Reese went on to
talk about how it's okay to draft at number 32, because you can wind up with
players like <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34493/mario-manningham">Mario
Manningham</a> in the third round as the Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) did the year
after winning it all four years ago.</p>


Unfortunately, it went downhill from the Reese interview. I watched very
large men--some O-linemen and then some tight ends--sprint, run sideways and
backwards, jump high, jump far, and bench press a lot of weight. And this
interested me, um, not at all.</p>


So yeah, watching the Combine is like watching paint dry--maybe not quite as
bad, but let's just say you have to love football more than you love anything
else to get a charge out of it. Or you have to be an aspiring coach. Or you have
to be someone that wants to escape his honey-do list for a few hours, and try to
kill one afternoon out of hundreds to go until we have real football
again."</p></div>


to each his own. I enjoy watching the drills. You can really see the difference between the skill levels, it's fun, interesting, and typically there is nothing else on anyway.