Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
We had something similar with Sam Montgomery last year. There was that report that the S&C coach had put up a sign about guys -- including Sam Montgomery -- slacking off and skipping training sessions. That caused people to question Montgomery's work ethic. But then the S&C coach came out and said that it wasn't a big deal, that Sam was a hard worker, that he'd just put up that sign because they'd accidentally missed a workout, no biggie.
But it was a biggie and Montgomery apparently did have issues and shouldn't have been drafted.
I know every case is different and you've got to do your due diligence and check all these guys out, but after a couple of low motor guys not panning out, I'm a little gun-shy.
That's why the in season Spurrier stuff carries more weight with me. In season, it's easier to get an idea of what's going on from a team dynamics standpoint, although it's still not easy. After the season, coaches are simply trying to sell their guys because part of their recruiting pitch is to get guys drafted higher than their rivals. It wouldn't be smart for a coach to bad mouth a player after the season, and also be telling recruits that he gives them the best chance of being drafted high.