The 2017 NFL combine just passed a week ago and for the last seven days, NFL football fans and the media personnel that play up to them have discussed the 40 yard dash times of the prospects ad nauseam. Yes, we all know the obsession over 40 yard dash times can reach epic proportions but can something talked about so much be very misunderstood? The answer is yes.
Training and 3 Point Stances
I’ve had the pleasure of watching the greatest wide receiver of all time, Jerry Rice and the greatest cornerback of all time, Deion Sanders play their entire careers. I mention these two positions because these are the times that most fans and media obsess over. The time during which wide receivers lined up in three point stances has long passed. The practice of lining up in a 3 point stance as a wide receiver had made it’s way out of the NFL game by the time Jerry Rice stepped on the scene in 1984. As part of his audition for the NFL in ’84, Jerry Rice, like all other prospects, was asked to run a 40 yard dash and come out of a three point stance. As we all know by now, Rice’s time (4.7) was not ideal and people questioned his ability to be an elite NFL wide receiver. In a short sprint like the 40 yard dash, technique is of the utmost importance. Negotiating your way out of a three point stance and into proper running form while making maximum use of your push forces is just about everything. Choose the wrong stance or make some false steps and your time will look like a retired busy street prostitute without her make up on.
As the flag landed on the turf of Sun Devil Stadium on January 3, 2003 symbolizing the end of the scariest mini era in college football history, an entire nation of college football fans and programs rejoiced. A Hurricane win vs. Ohio St. and the reign of terror may have grown stronger like an uncontrolled forest fire. In the wake of this unfathomable loss, college football programs began their forensic like study of the Miami Hurricanes program. In so doing, plans were made to cut into the huge slice of pie that not only was Miami eating from heartily but the other two major college football programs in the state were enjoying as well.
First it was Fournette, then it was McCaffery now it’s Shock Linwood. Those are the names of college football players that have decided to forgo their team’s bowl game in 2016 to prepare for the NFL draft. The moves by these student-athletes have sparked much debate but in my opinion it may be just what the doctor ordered for college football fans.
The year was 1994 and it was my senior season at the University of Miami. As was the norm in those days, the Hurricanes were very much in the national title picture and playing in one of the major bowl games of the season, the Orange Bowl. Certainly when your game has national title implications the thought of skipping the bowl game is no where close to being a thought of any of the multiple major NFL draft prospects that we had on our team. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that everyone on our team was focused on trying to beat Nebraska and have a chance at claiming another national title for our storied program. At the time, there were only 19 bowl games and no one participating in any of the bowl games were faced with the decision of whether or not to play in their respective games. It was a time when if you were asked on a game show to name all of the college football bowl games you may have had a chance. It was a time when playing a bowl game was a reward for having a very solid season. It was a time when people grumbled about 7-5 football teams being allowed to go to bowl games.
The time of year has come. The majority of high school football seasons are over as the playoffs have started across the country. This means if you got on the field this season, you want to compile your highlights and start to get them out in the public and in front of college football scouts. One of the most important positions on the football field is the quarterback and the competition for scholarships is fierce. Your highlight tape as a QB is everything so here are three things you must know when putting your quarterback highlight video together.
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson suffered a torn meniscus last week, and is expected to undergo surgery to repair the tear in his knee. While the injury won’t affect NFL betting odds, it will make the Broncos short-handed at the running back position for a while.
According to reports, the procedure will be performed by Dr. Arthur Ting in California, and could lead to Anderson missing the rest of the regular season. The Broncos however are holding out hope that he can return in time for the playoffs.
The season is fast approaching the halfway mark; and with Week 7 just around the corner, some changes have emerged in the Super Bowl lines and odds. Specific teams are slowly cementing their positions as true contenders while a few favorites have begun to struggle.
The Dallas Cowboys smacked the Green Bay packers around in Lambeau Field, which isn’t something most teams can do. Dak Prescott is the quarterback that everyone is talking about.
Coming in as Tony Romo’s replacement, Prescott has proven his naysayers wrong, helping the team achieve their 5-1 start. Of course, that introduces a whole new problem for the Cowboys who must decide whether or not to go back to Romo when he recovers and makes his return.