I was listening to NFL radio a few days ago and in a segment with two well respected football individuals (Bill Polian, former Colts GM and Alex Marvez, analyst/writer); a caller asked the question: how much do beat writers really know about what is going on with the team they are covering?
Polian said 10%
Marvez said 20%
I would have guessed 50% but I am not surprised by Polians response, given his attitude. Either way, props to all the writers who try their best to bring us quality information on our favorite teams.