20 Apr 2005
Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant on how draft preparation has gone from guys picking college players they read about in magazines to a year-round stew of video study, workouts, staff meetings, and statistical analysis. As Gil Brandt tells it, "Guys would come in with their Street and Smith's football magazine, the Billings Gazette, and a roll of quarters. Reason they had to have the quarters was for the phones, because there were no credit cards in those days."
This goes well with an article I forgot to link a couple days ago, Jeff Merron's neat list from ESPN Page 2 of the 10 strangest NFL draft moments.
The "blueprint" the Chargers used to beat the Seahawks? It starts with a Pro Bowl quarterback playing at the absolute top of his game.