Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Feb 2013

Mike Tanier's Combine Report Friday: The Cold Hard Truth

Greetings, draftniks! Day Two of the Combine featured lots of quarterback press conferences, and there are no Robert Griffin or Andrew Luck types in this draft when it comes to sounding charismatic and impressive at the podium, for whatever that's worth. Also, Jim Harbaugh is an odd dude.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 23 Feb 2013

11 comments, Last at 26 Feb 2013, 5:43pm by LionInAZ


by Jeff Jewell (not verified) :: Sat, 02/23/2013 - 9:51am


by BroncosGuyAgain :: Sat, 02/23/2013 - 10:23am

The actual article is less so, but not much more informative.

I'm sure the link will be added.

by andrew :: Sat, 02/23/2013 - 11:12am

Was there supposed to be a link?

by justanothersteve :: Sat, 02/23/2013 - 1:40pm

Did Barkley really say, "You can't get better every single year."? If so, that may be the dumbest thing I've ever heard an athlete say in any sport. If Barkley truly believes he's hit his peak and will not get better, he's in trouble. That whistling sound is the sound of Barkley's draft status plummeting.

by LionInAZ :: Sun, 02/24/2013 - 5:19pm

If you believe that's what he meant, then you must think that Aaron Rodgers is in decline because he didn't improve on his 2011 season. I think Tanier got the point, which is that player stats fluctuate on a yearly basis depending on circumstances, so a one-year decline isn't very meaningful.

by young curmudgeon :: Sat, 02/23/2013 - 5:23pm

"I ordered bacon macaroni and cheese on Thursday and it was served in a Dutch oven"

My arteries cried out for delicious torment, and I yielded to their desires...clad in lace and leather and bearing a cat-o'-nine tails and a Dutch oven, a waitress approached to assist me.

There--fixed it for you.

Alternative fast-food version:

"I'll have the bacon macaroni and cheese in a Dutch oven."
"Would you like a defibrillator with that?"

by JonFrum :: Sat, 02/23/2013 - 9:22pm

Enjoy eating your grass.

by LionInAZ :: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 5:43pm

Which sounds more appetizing: a plate of grass, or a bowl of congealed grease?

by cisforcookie (not verified) :: Sat, 02/23/2013 - 11:37pm

I often wonder what to make of quarterback gurus. A big part of me thinks that the guys who do it are selected by process of elimination more than anything. Eliminate anyone with a bad personality. Eliminate anyone too rich to bother. Eliminate anyone who doesn't sincerely enjoy teaching. Eliminate anyone who lives in a cold weather climate because draft prep season is january through march. It's not like there are THAT many quarterbacks with much pro experience, so it seems like you quickly get down to a fairly small set of guys. And then it's just about having relationships with agents and other coaches.

by Will Allen :: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:26am

I think there is a good chance that the pistol is going to expand significantly in the NFL, regardless of a qb's running ability, simply because it affords more options in the running game than the shotgun, even if the qb isn't a running threat, while retaining some of the benefits a qb gains, in terms of seeing the field, compared to passing while starting under center. I'm a litte surprised it hasn't spread more quickly.