It’s a trend now. How widespread it will become remains to be seen.
Some technical staffs have decided not to go to the Scouting Combine. To most casual observers, it’s a shocking revelation given the hype and focus devoted to the league’s first off-season tentpole events. After all, if multiple tech staffs boycott the festivities, it might not be as big of a deal as Big Shield would like us to think.
This is the reality of the off-field reality show of the NFL. Some have decided it would be better to spend their time in the team facility for a week. They can do a variety of things throughout the day, from making decisions about which of their own players to keep to which free players to pursue to which incoming players they might want to try and add.
With the launch of the offseason program not very far away, some teams are choosing to focus on planning the officially unofficial start of the next campaign rather than spend an entire week focusing on the next wave of new players.
The Combine began as a way to combine medical information, making it cheaper and more efficient to collect diagnostic information on players coming out of their college football careers with lingering injuries. In many ways it has become a league TV show, a game of speed dating when it comes to getting to know players, and a convention for the people who work in and around the game.