Questions from the Twitter mailbag.
Well the answer to this question has already manifested itself and I’m glad it turned out the way it did. I have to admit that I was “smitten” a bit with the tool set that Cardale showed over his remarkable run through the Big 10 Championship and College Football Playoff. He’s got the size, arm strength, mobility, foot movement in and out of the pocket, and poise well beyond his years that can quickly make an NFL General Manager start trying to figure out which pick it would take to secure his services.
Studies have shown that successful Quarterbacks in the NFL come out of college with at least 36 starts and 60% completion percentage. That study is somewhat dated but still sends a resounding message, experience necessary to develop in the NFL is built through college competition. One pundit argued Matt Cassel’s lack of college productivity, but most GM’s I know are looking for a long term solution when spending a TOP 50 pick on QB.
The most impressive part of this story was Cardale’s own explanation for staying in school, “to get his degree.” It’s rather refreshing to see a young man who handled himself so well on the field for the better part of a month do the exact same thing off of it.
I’ve got some pretty impressive tools in my garage as well, but it doesn’t make me a master carpenter.
@Ted_Sundquist what’s your opinion on the bills signing Rex Ryan. Can he crack the playoffs?
I’m often surprised at how enamored the media is with Rex Ryan and how after being released by the JETS, he was immediately listed as a top candidate for ANY head coach position in the NFL. I suppose from that angle Ryan is a refreshing respite from the same old, same old coach speak across the NFL. He had two winning records in 6 seasons with the JETS, albeit those campaigns pushed him to the brink of a Super Bowl.
Regardless of the side of the ball you come from, today’s NFL head coach must be able to handle the development and management of his quarterback. Ryan has yet to prove that to me in his time as the leader of the franchise with either Sanchez or Smith. The JETS never finished ranked over 21 in passing yards, or in net yards/attempt. His last 3 seasons in New York netted an offense at or near the bottom in points, turnover ratio, and total offense.
You don’t have to be an offensive guru to be a head coach in today’s NFL, but you better at least pay attention to that side of the ball. Also remember the Bills already had the NFL’s fourth rated defense in 2014.
@Ted_Sundquist Interested to hear your thoughts on the veteran combine Ted?
I feel a little like the lady in the commercial that says “I’m watching you soup people.” I think the combine proposal is an excellent idea and long overdue. It hasn’t prevented teams from bringing in veteran players on Tuesdays throughout the season to get a look, but it will give them a greater opportunity to evaluate, compare, and contrast these players against their peer group in a single setting. I don’t think there’s necessarily a need for a “Developmental League”, though I know there are a number of folks out there that support that concept.
What personnel departments across the NFL would like to see is more functional skill drills and opportunities to evaluate against competition under these conditions. Why do you think that most scouts will be laser focused on the 1 on 1’s this week at the Senior Bowl, then disappear once game time rolls around on Saturday.
When I interviewed for the Executive VP of Football Operations for the NFL last year, I proposed bi-coastal football academies that would focus on Combine Drills, and implementing 1 on 1, 7 on 7, and 9 on 7 scenarios. The more repetitions we can get on film, the more opportunity a developmental prospect or second try veteran is likely to get in an NFL camp. You can do that without creating a League that nobody wants to watch, pay for, nor participate in.
@Ted_Sundquist Hi Ted, any thoughts on the Broncos coaching situation and Peyton logistics? Good move? Bad move? Prediction?
I have to admit I was a little surprised by the move that Broncos NFL General Manager John Elway took less than 24 hours after their Divisional loss to Indianapolis. In my book Taking Your Team To The Top – How to build and manage great teams like the pros, I discussed the importance of facing adversity and coming out the other side all the better for it. Certainly I commend the decisive action taken by Elway on behalf of how he saw the situation, but I can’t help but think there was emotion intertwined in the decision making process.
The rumors that swirled in and around the topic prior to the game were concerning as well. Ego is playing a huge part in the halls of Dove Valley and I’ve been immersed in that very same scenario in the past. We’ll just have to wait and see if it makes a difference in the end.
Which leads to…..
@Ted_Sundquist So excited about Gary going back to Denver! What are your thoughts?
Gary Kubiak triumphantly returns to Denver after leaving for Houston on the heels of a 2005 run to the AFC Championship. Kubes and I grew up just mere miles from one another in the suburbs of northwest Houston. He was an instrumental figure in the Back to Back Super Bowl runs for the Broncos in the late 90’s, and was one of the major proponents in bringing Jake Plummer to Denver in the early 2000’s.
I think his relationship with John will be a major strength in building, rebuilding, or whatever they choose to call it, moving forward. There’s nothing better than an NFL General Manager and his head coach being on the same page in all aspects of the organization. This should play out well for the Broncos in the short term. The question becomes how the two handle the inevitable disagreements and ego driven conflicts that are most certainly to emerge with two competitors like Kubiak and Elway? Gary’s played the role of backup in the past, but he’s also tasted “starter’s influence” in Houston for many years. John makes NO bones about who’s in charge in Denver.
Two former players and teammates, who happened to play the same position, leading their former team but under totally different circumstances.
Should be fun for Broncos fans.
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