And that got me to thinking about all this nonsense that goes on, especially the combine. All of these players are measured and evaluated, and everyone falls in love with the numbers.
I think that carries over to personnel departments as well. And what many of them forget is whether they can play the game of football.
I once heard Bobby Beatherd speak. He was explaining that he rarely looked at the numbers. He watched game film. He would go and see the prospects he liked in person - because he would start evaluating underclassmen to be prepared for the next year. (or to the best of my recollection, that was the story)
It was smart, practical, and the results he got were outstanding.
Now its about 40 times, number of reps in the weight room, height, and these personal evaluations (like the wunderlic test). As I look at the Dolphins drafts, yes they looked for captains and guys who graduated. But I have to believe they fell in love with numbers.
That has to stop to have success.