View Full Version : Shutdown Corner Staff adds Seth Payne

06-08-2012, 10:14 AM
Yahoo's shutdown corner is excellent...now they may be even better with Seth Payne coming on.

Shutdown Corner is pleased to announce the debut of "The Payne Train," former NFL defensive lineman Seth Payne's new column about life in and out of the game. Selected in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Cornell, Seth played five years for the Jags, and five more for the Houston Texans. Since leaving the game after the 2006 season, Seth has been honing his writing skills, and has proven to be a real treat on Twitter with his football knowledge and wicked sense of humor. He'll be bringing both to Shutdown Corner on a regular basis.There are at least three major problems with using minicamp for talent evaluation, and they're all related to the fact that unpadded practice is a severely limited method of discovering a football player's true ability.

1. Balance and body control issues are disguised in unpadded practices.

A common edict in any NFL practice is to always "keep your feet." If there are pile-ups there will be injuries, so linemen try to find the right practice tempo, an equilibrium of intensity and caution that keeps guys from getting injured. That is all well and good until a young guard abuses the system and fires out full bore and off-balance. The defensive tackle has to yield somewhat to avoid a pile-up. Deep down, the coaches know better, but still they can't help but admire the speed and intensity of the guard. Never mind that in a game situation a good defensive tackle would use the guard's aggressiveness against him and plant him on the ground.

This situation, by the way, is what we call a tempo violation, and is probably the leading cause of minicamp fights. [Full disclosure: I played defensive tackle and have a healthy prejudice against vile, loathsome offensive linemen!] http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/payne-train-minicamps-don-t-tell-200623655.html

06-08-2012, 12:13 PM
Thanks, Vinny. Nice addition........good info!