Paul K makes that team who spend less than most on their scouting efforts so so at their own peril. I really don't see how owners can possibly rationalize shorting their scouting departments. It's more important than any of the other peripheral investments these guys will make around their franchises; more important than their marketing, facilities or even their training staff. If the talent and personalities aren't there, all of those elements are working from a deficit. Kuharksy calls out the Titans for a quietly-famous putting too much stock in a report from a Titans assistant coach's son who gave Pacman Jones a glowing review, rather than doing the due diligence to uncover the truth. In the end, that was a brutal mistake that marred the rest of Jeff Fisher's tenure in Nashville and almost instantly squandered a lot of the good will those early Titans like Wycheck, Bishop, George, Matthews, Mason, Rolle and McNair built when the team arrived.
Jim Wyatt discusses the good vibes surrounding the 8th pick. It's the spot where Thorchak was drafted, and it has produced the most consistently successful players of any spot in the draft over the past 20 years:
Over the past 20 years, players picked eighth have started more games than those from any other draft slot, more than even the first overall selections, he said. Since 1991, eight of the 20 players drafted eighth have been selected to at least one Pro Bowl.
Eight of the past nine eighth overall picks started eight or more games during their rookie seasons, he said.
Cortland Finnegan is hosting his Karaoke for a Cure event tonight at West End eatery Cabana. Tickets are $100, and you can find more info at www.ark31.org. I've linked to these a few times over the past few years, but here's a video of Cort singing 'Get it On' at the event a few years back. YOu can check-out the sidebar for more videos from the event.
Pete Prisco discusses how VY's bust status is effecting the Titans' 2011 draft plans. The best part, however, is a position-by-position breakdown of the team that reminds folks just how much talent is on this roster.
A Texas lawyer paid $2 million for a Houston Oilers helmet signed by the entire original roster, including head coach Bum Phillips.
Seahawks' blog Field Gulls takes a look at Matt Hasselbeck's future with the team.
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