More coaches question the value of attending the Scouting Combine

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.


Making the Scouting Combine less meaningful to the coaching staff is the fact that players train extensively and specifically for the various events of the Underwear Olympics, none of which are football. (As we say about this time every year, guys only run 40 yards in a straight line on a soccer field when something really good – or something really bad – happens.) Players have also received so much advice and education about the interview process that during chunks of a quarter of an hour become impossible to pierce through the preparation and get through to the real man.

The competition and the media machine around it will not like this development. But coaches don’t keep their jobs because they play along with things that don’t contribute to winning games. Some coaches decide that skipping the Scouting Combine and staying home is okay.

For now, not enough teams are staying away to make it a major problem for the league. At some point, enough teams could take a pass to get the NFL to think about ways to keep the Combine as a viable moneymaker for the slow month, including having 24 or more owners vote to mandate attendance of all coaching staff. set.

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