Good morning. A light day for Kansas City Chiefs news. I've included a couple of CBA updates (can't get enough of those, right?) and there is a look at what Weis is up to in Florida. Enjoy.
If selecting 21st the NFL Draft is known for anything, it might be movement.
Sitting on or around the 21st pick has traditionally been a good place to swing a deal should a team choose to explore that route. If not, teams sitting on number 21 can take comfort in the recent history surrounding the pick. It's arguable that the draft position is hitting over 80% since 2000.
Hitting on 21 from The Mothership
And that brings me to the entire evaluation process that NFL teams go through with players that will be available for the Draft each year. With 32 teams, I'm going to tell you there are 32 different formulas for divining the potential of college football players. But as I went about researching the subject, I found almost universal agreement among personnel types on what the evaluation pie should look like. Some personnel directors and scouts professed one area was of a bit more importance than another, but the difference were in the splitting of hairs category.
After piecing it together, here's a pie chart on the average evaluation process used by most NFL teams:
The Evaluation Pie... Tuesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz
Before losing his first game at Florida, Weis was in his first no-win situation in Gainesville. Pick your viral poison: Take the picture and Weis, with a girl on each arm, would have been a trending topic from here to Tuscaloosa. Refuse the picture and Florida's own trash you from here to Knoxville. Lord knows the man has had worse things said about him, but when family is involved, it gets personal. No matter what you've heard or read, that's why Weis is here, at age 54, making what looks like a lateral move, at best, after leaving the Kansas City Chiefs.
Family Man Weis is Picture of Contentment at Florida from CBS Sports
Apparently, he wasn't on the same page with NFL negotiator Jeff Pash. After the talks broke down Friday, Pash gave a detailed review of what he said the NFLPA turned down. Vrabel wasn't buying it.
"I thought you were going to come in with the slow clap and someone say, ‘The Oscar goes to ... Jeff Pash.'
Mike Vrabel Takes on NFL Negotiator from ESPN
At least nine National Football League scouts came to The University of Montana campus on Monday afternoon to scout Grizzly seniors for the upcoming draft...
NFL Scouts at Washington - Grizzly Stadium from The Kaimin
The prospects of an expanded regular-season schedule are even more remote than labor negotiations between the NFL and its players.
Kevin Mawae, the president of the now-decertified NFL Players Association, said the 18-game slate heavily pushed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as part of a new collective bargaining agreement "never will be" accepted by his group.
"Eighteen games is not going to happen through NFL player negotiations," Mawae said Monday afternoon during an NFLPA conference call. "We can't justify that for the health and safety of our players."
NFLPA Rejects 18-Game Season from FOX Sports
The front page of the Saturday morning New York Post read Death Wave, depicting the horror and terror of the disaster in Japan. The picture under the headline showed a house burning in the aftermath of the destruction due to an earthquake that registered to the horrific tune of an 8.9.
The back page, a place where the toy department normally calls home, told a much different story. On the day of this gruesome national disaster, New Yorkers awoke to a picture of a frowning DeMaurice Smith and a confused Roger Goodell. The NFL logo was perfectly placed in between. The white headline was captured perfectly in white bold letters against the black backdrop and screamed one singular and perfect word - GREED! The millionaires and the billionaires couldn't find a way to share. Now that's pathetic.
NFL Fans Have Every Right to be Angry from FOX Sports
Had enough of the he-said, he-said rancor between the NFL and players? Don't expect it to go away anytime soon.
The outcome of the league's first work stoppage since 1987 could be decided in court; the first hearing on the players' request for an injunction to block the owners' lockout was scheduled for April 6. In the meantime, there probably will be more of the same as Monday, when Kevin Mawae - president of the NFL Players Association, the now-dissolved union - accused the league of spreading "complete falsehoods and complete lies."
Lead Negotiator Pash Says NFL Recently Offered 10-Year CBA Deal from Sports Illustrated