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The NFL Front Office Lying Season Is Just Getting Started
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Let the Games Begin: The NFL Front Office Lying Season Is Just Getting Started
For years I have said to people in the media during draft season that the first thing I have to do when the draft is over is go to confession.
When they ask why, I tell them because "of all the lies I've told."
From the time the combine ends until draft day there is far more misinformation than truth spread throughout the league...
Let me explain...
Every year each club is allowed to bring in 30 players for updated medicals and interviews. The other clubs in the league know which players are visiting each team.
One year, we had pretty much made up our minds on the player we wanted in the first round by January. In February, I made a visit to the school this player was attending to talk to the player and his coaches. In an attempt to not let anyone link that player to us, we didn't...
Last year there was a very similar scenario. Buffalo had a huge need...
Pro Day Workouts
Another example of what clubs do to throw off the rest of the league is make fusses over certain players at their pro day.
When a team is going to take this approach, they have to be consistent.
For example, if their biggest need is at defensive end, then they have to go to all the top defensive end workouts. When they attend these workouts, they don't send one person, they...
Club "A" may like a certain player but to create a negative spin on the player they may have a coach or scout discretely say something negative about the prospect to people on other staffs. Those people will of course report that "information" to their superiors in the hopes, for Club "A" that is, that the rumor will spread.
What do they say? Something like this: "I really like this guy, but our doctors say he has a bad knee and we can't touch him." Or, "we have a problem with his ability to learn the scheme."
Clubs have until about a week before the draft to bring in prospects for a medical examination. The last week before the draft is a bit of a quiet period.
A few years ago, one club I know of liked a player but knew he needed a minor surgery before...
Interviews with the media
When ESPN started televising the draft on the early 1980s, former Sports Illustrated writer Paul Zimmerman was always one of the analysts with Mel Kiper and Chris Berman.
Zimmerman had a very good relationship with many coaches and GMs in the NFL. Numerous times during the draft, Zimmerman would say that such and such team was going to take a certain player. He said the coach or GM had told him such in the days leading up to the draft.
Almost 100 percent of the time the team did not select the player Zimmerman thought they would and he would look totally baffled...
What it Means for 2014
Over the next two months there will be plenty of reporting on the draft. We will hear that the "stock" of player A has gone up or down. We will read that certain teams are "in love" with a certain player or they think they are too far back in the order to draft player B.
With the draft being pushed back three weeks this year, there is more time to lie and spread rumors. As you are reading or listening to pre-draft updates or projections or the latest rumor, just remember that what is being said may not be true at all. It's nothing more than what teams want you to believe.
We will find out the real truth on May 8.