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17 Feb 2014

Mandatory Monday: NFL Combine Q&A

A little Michael Sam, a little Incognito, a lot of Blake Bortles, and an effort to help you get through the next two weeks with your sanity in check.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 17 Feb 2014

6 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2014, 11:15pm by dbostedo


by Jerry :: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 9:43am

Reading this Q&A was a little strange after reading a 1975 Playboy Interview with Mel Brooks, where the answerer didn't provide the questions:


by Will Allen :: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:12am

My question for Manziel would be, "Johnny, how much tequila had you put away when you decided to entrust the well-being of your teammates to the ability of an autograph broker to keep his mouth shut?"

Any answer lower than 750 milliliters would be a red flag.

by CBPodge :: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:47pm

I'd like a team to have a few beers available in the interview with him, just to see what happens. If they are all chugging away on a (cunningly disguised alcohol free), will he have a beer? And will it tell them anything about him?

by dbostedo :: Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:15pm

"Will he have a beer?"

I have no idea.

"...will it tell them anything about him?"


He IS 21, so it wouldn't be illegal. What the heck could you hope to learn from it? There's no right answer. Having one could be construed as unprofessional or immature - except that the person interviewing you is having one so maybe it would be rude not to or a sign of your inability to fit in.

How would you expect to be able to read anything from an interviewee based on that? I'd guess it would simply be read as a confirmation of whatever the interviewer's preconceived bias is.

by Theo :: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:49pm

On Bortles:
"He over-strides on a lot of throws, with all of his weight starting on his back foot and then slowly -- slowly -- shifting to his right foot, which he places about half a stride farther in front of his body than he really should."

I don't recognise that when I see him play. He takes too many steps backwards is what I would say, but I don't see the overstride.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 02/18/2014 - 1:18pm

"Pyrite Blaine Gabbert" is possibly the most terrifying phrase ever written. Except for "Jeff Tedford might want him".

Imagine me running away from an explosion in slow-motion, jumping away from it, screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOOO".