Why draft needs can be misleading
Needs. Every NFL team seemingly has them, although some are certainly more pronounced than others. All fans want to know is how their team is going to go about filling their needs in next week's draft. But in recently compiling
Most of the team needs are based upon the media and fans' perspective of what a team is lacking. That doesn't necessarily mean team executives feel the same way. Most of the time the two do in fact mesh, but that is not always the case.
Most needs are based upon either a relative lack of experience at a certain position or the public's perception of a given player, which may be altogether different from the team's. Just because a player hasn't yet gained meaningful NFL experience doesn't mean he can't get the job done or the team doesn't have the confidence he can step in and do the job.
Take the Dallas Cowboys, for example. Their recent decision to release offensive tackle
For all we know, the Cowboys may be extremely high on likely starter at left tackle
The same holds true at safety. Based on what he did in training camp and last year in practice, the Cowboys may be convinced that youngster
Also, the perceived need is not necessarily filled just because a team signs a free agent or drafts a player at that position. Sometimes fans and media members appear to have a checklist in place and as long as the team gets a player who fills that need, they are happy. They can cross that position off their list because the team has taken care of it.
If only it were that easy. The truth is signing or drafting a player at that position doesn't guarantee anything. In fact, draft or sign the wrong player at a position and the team has simply compounded the problem and that spot will be an even greater need the following year.
In the Cowboys example, even if they draft a player with the 27th overall pick at one of those positions, the results are far from certain. No matter who they take at offensive tackle, for example, the chances that player is as consistent as Adams is remote. Yeah, Flozell was known for jumping offsides once or twice a game. But he also did a better-than-average job of protecting Cowboys franchise quarterback
The assumption that most people have at this point is that there will be a salary cap again once a new CBA is ultimately agreed upon. With that salary cap also comes a salary floor. As such, teams have to spend above the floor and below the cap. Less money for rookies essentially means more money for veterans if that floor is in place.
Most players usually get pretty excited when their team makes bold moves in the offseason. They are kind of like fans a bit in this way. That said, players like wide receivers
Any talk about Belichick maintaining "personal honor and integrity" is probably a stretch given the whole Spygate incident but I think your point about his press conferences is a salient one. People rip him because he is boring and doesn't say much, but maybe that is better than the alternative.
Not really. They would probably wonder why but ultimately they wouldn't really care. The NFL as a business is much more about inherent self-interest than anybody seems to realize.