« Dolphins release preseason schedule for 2011 | Main | It's Ryan Mallett day at Dolphins camp »

The joke that is the pre-draft press conference

Around the NFL as many as a dozen general managers and personnel department vice presidents will conduct mandatory pre-draft press conferences next week, most of them on April 21. Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is similarly scheduled to have his presser on the 21st.

I encourage Ireland to lie if he must.

You did not misread because I did not mistype.

I encourage Ireland to lie ... if he must.

The truth of the matter is those pre-draft pressers are a hoax, a farce, an exercise in futility for journalists trying to get meaty and truthful answers to questions as fundamental as, "What are your team's most signficant needs?" or "Who are you going to select?"

Yes, we as journalists have to ask.

And, no, the GMs and VPs are not really going to tell us.

So it devolves into many words signifying nothing. The true reason the pressers happen at all is that the NFL mandates them. The NFL, you see, likes publicity.

The intriguing thing is that while most general managers and journalists understand this to be a dance in which the truth gets trampled, some folks are simply more open than others. Some folks are just salt and light. They cannot bring themselves to obfuscation. Or they let stuff slip.

Seeing the new Denver Broncos front office do things this offseason, I nominate John Elway as a candidate for being candid in his upcoming pre-draft presser. Having attended a couple of Ireland's meets with the media, I nominate him as someone who will offer nothing or perhaps even throw out a nugget of misdirection.

If I'm a fan, I'm hoping my team falls in the latter category rather than the former.

The truth is teams monitor each other. They watch each other's pre-draft visits and meetings. They read each other's press clippings. They do all they can do to get a handle on what the opposition is about to do on draft day.

And these pressers are a window through which teams peek.

So the really good teams offer a view of a dark room or no view at all. They do, not because they like to fib or have no morals. They do it for the sake of their own competitive advantage.

Overblown, you say?

Look, teams have eyes on each other and sometimes even the most casual misstep affects careers and drafts. I present to you the 2008 draft.

The Dolphins needed and wanted to add a running back later in the process. Bill Parcells had long been a proponent of sending a coach or scout to work out and check on his targetted player two days before the draft -- as a last-minute guard against surprises.

Except in April of 2008, for one reason or another, the Dolphins sent out running back coach James Saxon to work out Richmond's Tim Hightower one day earlier. The Dolphins liked Hightower and intended to pick him. The problem is the Arizona Cardinals picked Hightower instead.

Arizona's running back coach at the time, Maurice Carthon, played for Parcells and worked for Parcells. He knew that Parcells typically sent his RB coach to his targetted running back a couple of days before the draft. When he read media reports that Hightower worked out for Saxon, he turned the information over to Arizona's personnel department. The fact the Dolphins had met with Hightower one day earlier had allowed the visit to be in the press in time for Arizona to use the info.

The Cardinals swooped ahead of Miami and plucked Hightower.

I talked to Parcells last week. He told me the story. He was still somewhat irked about losing on out on a good player because of the circumstances simply because the information got out.

Parcells invented the Iron Curtain in the NFL. Bill Belichick, his former trusted assistant, perfected it. The Patriots say little when it comes to injury, depth chart, or draft information. In fact, I know of stories in which they openly used to mock former New York Jets coach Herm Edwards for having such an open approach with the media.

The Pats believed they could find out plenty about their New York competition just by reading newspaper accounts about them.

And so, yes, sometimes the open approach which the media hopes for during the coming pre-draft pressers can on occasion hurt a team.

I don't want the Dolphins hurt. If Jeff Ireland says something, I'll report it. That's my job. If he says the Dolphins are looking for a quarterback in the first round and Ryan Mallett is their guy, you'll hear it here first. (By the way, I don't think you better get used to the idea of Mallett being draft at No. 15)

But root for him to reveal anything significant? To hope he says something that could help Miami's opponents?

Go ahead, Jeff, lie if you must. You get an annual free pass for this one.  

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451b26169e2014e60e66b1e970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference The joke that is the pre-draft press conference:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

It really doesnt take a helluva lot to make defenses play you honestly. As an offense, if your qb throws for 10-15 plays per season for gains of 35yds or more in the air resulting in 8-10tds. Most nfl DC's will play you much more honestly.

That's because "LEGIT" threat is now there! LOL............

DB,WHO'S GIVING AWAY THE GROME?

One thing I will say about the post Armando put up, if I`m J.Ireland I bring J.Locker and R.Mallett back in or send someone to see them, if anything it should make a team like Seattle sitting at 25 very nervous adding to the list of potential trade partners.

ALoco,

Do you think Ireland had his draft board set in January? I'll bet he had a draft board made up, yet I'll bet the more he thought about things, the more he looked at the players, the more he changed the board and his possible trade down scenarios. He may still even change it some between now and then. It's merely called evolution.

When I make a post, it isn't after 7 weeks research, its after 7 minutes of reading the flow of the blog. Sometimes just writing what you think helps you clarify your point of view in your own mind, which may lead to promoting a new perspective. Nothing more than that.

Being afraid to change your mind is a weakness. It takes some courage to have the confidence to change your mind, which is a trait of great leaders, artists, and businessmen. If someone has come up with a legitimate explanation for why they are changing their mind, that just shows they've continued to analyze the problem.

Someone who never changes their mind, is more often than not just too stubborn to maintain an open mind after they've made an initial decision.

So what happened to all of the anger over the Dolphins being so quiet and misleading. That used to bother you Armando so are you now finally seeing why it's actually a good thing? And to all of the posters who would come in here and scream "LIARS",,,,,,,,bite me idiots.

0x80 @5:50,

Good post and great point.

0x80,

By the way I`m always meaning to ask then get lost in the flow of it but what does 0x80 stand for or mean ?

Dying, what I find is, most can't see it's multiple problems. It seems people want to pick on one postion or the other.

It's the OC, it's the HC, it's TE, it's O-line, it's the QB, it's RBs.

Fact is, we're a ways from competing for a SB. Fact is, the current regime has done an average job. Fact is, we're an average team and we need to make better than average choices.

Ok, done ranting.

Flip flopping is when you change your opinion not based on reason, but based on winning a popularity contest...which is why most politicians change their mind - they suddenly realize by flip flopping their opinion they will get them more votes. They love all votes equally regardless of who is voting for them.

0X80 ,

BUT CHANGING YOUR VIEWS EVERY WEEK ON PLAYERS TO THE POINT WE DON'T KNOW ANY MORE WHO YOU STAND FOR FOR IS CONFUSING .


IF YOU FOLLOW THE BLOGS EVERY DAY ,YOU WILL BECOME A TOOL NOT A FAN WITH KNOWLEDGE .

But the song remains the same: No QB, no SB

OX80,

COMING THINKING OF IT, IDON'T KNOW ANY PLAYER YOU STAND FOR 100 PERCENT ?,,,GIVE ME ONE ,EVEN MARK INGRAM YOU HEDGED ON .

coco @5:57

Good point, I really get tired of alot of people posting about what a bang up job the trifecta did in turning it around in 08. The fact is we were 1-15 in 07 a chimp could have started a turn around on this team.

Aloco,

My opinions and thoughts have evolved little by little as is only normal for all of us. But I have not changed my views every week as you imply.

Aloco,

I've never hedged on Ingram, not once. Though I have notices at times the subtleties of the English language cause you to misinterpret some posts on occasion.

FIN4LIFE.... YOU FORGOT ,YOU HAVE A STEADY TEAM...THAT IS A GOOD TURN AROUND ....

11-5
7-9
7-9

NEXT YEAR HENNE WILL GET HIS DREAM CONTRACT OF 9-12 MILLION A YEAR .

fin4,

Ah someone asked me what 0x80 stands for awhile back and I wrote a rather long winded response...give me a sec and I will see if I can dig that up, otherwise I will give you the short version.

0x80,

I`ll give you this I`ve never seen somebody stick to there guns on a player like you have with Ingram, in many of our little exchanges you leave absolutly frustrated with it !!

you leave me frustrated, excuse me

Aloco,

Maybe next year we can strve for 5-11 given that logic

FIN4LIFE........ IF NOT FOR THE DROPPED BALLS AT HOME W/RECORD 1-7 WE COULD BE IN A BETTER SHAPE.STILL WE HAVE DEFENSE AND OL THAT NEEDS BAD, SPEED IN A NEW WR AND A SURE HANDS AT TE ............

fin, you have no idea how much these fools have harped on or maybe you have....harped on what a wonderful job fatass Parcells did. From 1-15 to a 1 and done.

Parcells ALWAYS thought he knew better than past GMs in the draft and other personnel decisions. But the fact is, he never had much say. Why was that?

So he lands in Miami and everybody thinks he's going to be the savior. Truth is, he was a good coach but nothing else.

Aloco,

That`s what kills me about the trifecta we really shouldn`t be discussing drafting Linemen in year 4, given the plan and model they sold us on coming in !! We should be talking skill position but because of the misses which by the way, due the math it`s more than 50% with these guys were still not far from were we started.

0x80,

I hate like heck we need a qb with deepball accuracy. Based on actually watching Ingram play Im still very high on him.

But Ive leaned toward Mallet for reasons:

A. Only 2 players on offense first touch the football every single play. That's the qb and the center.

B. The center aint gonna score any points for you.

C. To be a great offense it begins at the qb position. If a qb isnt confident throwing it deep you'll be challenged putting td's on the scoreboard.

Damn I wish we could have Ingram too! LOL..........

Cocoajoe...you hit the nail on the head...and NOW.....now Armando seems to have a new object of affection to replace JT.....

Cocoajoe,

Since leaving the Giants Parcells has definitively proven one thing. He's a guy that can build a helluva foundation for any team. But you're pissing in the wind if you think that alone will bring a championship.

Parcells can give you a great foundation to which a great building can be built upon. But dont expect him to build you the building too! LOL............

Coco,

You can make a case that if anything Floyd Reese his G.M. in N.Y. with the G-men had as much to do with it as anybody, that 86 Giant D was so dominating alot of coaches would have won with it. In 90 a very proud group of established stars looking at there last shot to go out as winners played lights out Football and don`t forget that if not for 2 field goals at the end of regulation they don`t win that SB. It was a game winner in the NFC Championship (Raul Allegre) vs. S.F. and the miss by Norwood in the SB.

YOU WILL SEND MR IRELAND SHOPING FOR ALL THE DIFFRENT KINDS OF MILK THERE IS REGULAR MILK AND CHOCLATE MILK STRABERRY MILK AND EVEN THE BREST MILK OF ORPAH WINFRY....MR IRELAND NEEDS TO PUT SOWN HIS HAM BURGER SANWICH AND GET PLAYER NOT MILK

cocoajoe,

Also contrary to popular belief, Parcells didnt build the championship Giants. Ernie D'Acorsi did. Even Lawrence Taylor was there befor BP's arrival.

So, BP has never been the sole force responsible for building a championship team at any point during his career. He's been a contributor at best. LOL.........

Fin4,

Here it is, and actually the original was over complicated and not entirely correct because I was juggling too many things at once that day. Here is the edited and more accurate version...hope you don't regret asking!

Any number preceded by 0x signifies the hexadecimal (hex) numbering system (base 16), as opposed to the decimal number system (base 10). The decimal system works great for humans because its easier for them to calculate in base 10. Computers however are binary systems, base 2. Speaking in 1's and 0's is just not practical in human language (how would you like to say things like 101101001, or 11011010110. Annotating just 1's and 0's is too difficult on the human eyes as well, hence the hexadecimal numbering system. 16 is a base two number, it can represent base two numbers more compactly, so in the world of software development, it is far more practical for dealing with memory addresses and the data that they contain which align on byte (base two) boundaries. Without a blackboard handy, it seems more complicated than it is, so just think of data in the computer being represented in strings of bytes, there are 8 bits to a byte - 01010000 11001100 00110011 10101010. You can see that the largest number a byte (8 bits) can hold would be 11111111. In decimal that equals 128, trust me. Well what if you need to represent 129? You can't with one byte, one byte maxes out at 128, so the next bit you need spills over into the next byte 00000001 11111111. Those two bytes now together represent the number 129. Want to know how data compression works? Look at that first byte above we needed to make 129....its almost all zeroes, 00000001. What a waste of space! Compression algorithms look at the bytes with those trailing zeroes, unused space, and strip them out. It keeps its own database of where they need to be restored when unpacking the data. This is how a 1000 byte file can be reduced to 100 bytes, it really is compression. Things like jpg files and mp3 don't really compress much at all, because they are already compressed! jpg and mp3 are merely compression algorithms finely tuned to dealing with the type of data in pictures and music respectively. Try compressing (zipping) an already compressed file and you will see it compresses very little if anything at all.

If any of you are electric guitarists, you may have noticed things like your effects boxes may have 128 presets. 128? Isn't that odd? Why not 100? or 125? Well, it's simple...they had a single byte reserved to handle all of the possible settings. A single byte of data can represent a maximum 128 different values (0-127). Each of those 128 settings is just a different combination of 1's and 0's.

A bit turned on is said to be hot, a bit turned off is cold, 0. Just semantics really. Computer data is processed in bytes, its like the standard unit of measure.

So then, what do I mean by 0x80? It's an offhand way to say, I've got all my bits turned on, as in I am fully alert and thinking. I could have used any hex number, but one byte of data is almost like one complete thought, and I liked the way 0x80 looked.

Just what are the 16 numbers?
0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,B,C,D,E,F

So any combination of the above can a hex number...0x7D, 0x09, 0x15, 0xA3F7 are all examples of hex numbers. Anyone ever needing to look at data in computer memory will see all data represented in hex (hexidecimal)

That is the end of todays computer math lesson. Go fins!


Looking at Tim Hightowers' internet pages....I see nothing special about him....completly mediocre in ever way an NFL RB can be mediocre.....

Mediocre in the same sense that we are led to believe that Hilliard and Cobbs are....

Why draft Hightower in the mid-rounds.....he would never be able to get off the bench.....No matter HOW bad our run game was last year...If your name didn't start with an "R".....you wern't getting any burn.....

So what irks Parcell's....he lost his chance to "stock" up on more mediocre talent....an "acorn" slipped down a gutter drain......

I will never argue in retrospect the greatness of Bill Belichik taking an overmatched team to the dance vs. the super star ladden greatest show on turf and absolutly scheming them to death, that is the closest thing I`ve seen were a coach made all of the diff. in the world !!

DB,

Your right it was Ernie Acorsi, Floyd Reese came in after but were deffinetly on the same page there

Fin4life....It was the same scheme that Parcells and he developed to slow down the K-GUN....when the father of the "greratest show on turf" was dominating the AFC.....

Let them catch it......and then knock the crap out of them....plus completed balls keep the clock running.....

DB,

I hear your Mallet argument loud and clear. The problem is that while I agree with it, I also agree with this counter argument that I am reposting from the previous blog, and they are diametrically opposed to each other!

Repost:
1. Do we want to spend a high pick on a QB that will not be able to help us in 2011 because the cba is likely to go on for sometime?

2. If there is a season and the fins don't do well, the general consensus is Sparano won't be back in 2012. Do you want to tie the hands of the next coach to a QB that may not be the player he wants in that position?

3. The fins currently have the fewest offensive weapons in the division, only one in Marshall, and he is too easily taken away with double teams. The jury is still out on all the other WR's and Fasano we know for sure will never be more than ordinary, and we have only one unproven RB on the roster. We desperately need to add at least two offensive weapons for the 2011 season to have any chance at scoring points. It would be wiser two use our first two picks to get two possible offensive weapons that can start in 2011, as opposed to a QB that is basically guaranteed not to start.

I realize we do need a QB of the future, but this season there are extenuating circumstances beyond normal, and we are still giving Henne another shot, so if we are indeed giving him another shot, lets not put the nails in the coffin just yet....maybe maybe maybe he will turn his game around. Things change too much from season to season, I believe you always have to give your best shot to winning it all in the upcoming season and not make too many sacrifices for future seasons, things just change too much.

I remember his famous quote, you want me to cook...then I want to shop for the groceries or some such BS. He always felt he knew better than the GMs. Call it the Peter Principal. Call it what you want but in the end he failed.

Giants-Bills was the greatest SB I have ever seen....something seemed magical about that game......

Closely followed by Giants-Pats (18-1)

I think Newton and Ingram will be gone by 15. So the Dolphins might take Mallett at 15, unless they are using him as a distracting technique to draft someone else....who knows? I wouldn't tell the media either!

BP....GREAT CHEF....could make Chicken Salad out of Chicken Sh*t....

as a Shopper....coudn't find his way around a Mom and Pops 2-aisle grocery store

Kris,

I won`t argue it was developed when they were together but you can`t argue that Parcells never had the grasp of it or was as involved in it`s evolution as he would have you believe (Parcells) Remember it`s not until Parcells brings Belichik aboard in N.E. that there D starts to turn the corner on there SB run of 96. The Jets were averege Def. under Parcells until again Belichik comes on board.

I believe to a certain extent it was Belichik tired of sharing the credit for it with Parcells that has him after being hand picked as his successor, quiting the job in N.Y. to join the Pats and lets be honest ever since he`s made a living of pounding Parcells whenever matched up head to head.

0x80, huh?

Fin4life...I agre 100% with everything you said....and 200% with the 2nd paragraph.....

Parcells should have an aterisks next to his name.....like the baseball people want to do with the juicers in baseball....

Bill Parcells on his own......

**Parcells teamed up with Belicheck

**Parcells with Belichek.....2 SB's

Belicheck without Parcells....3 SB wins....4 trips

WOW buddy you earned that 0x80, that has to be one of the most comprehensive explanations of # as opposed to decimals that I`ve ever read and to be honest I will need to re-read in order to try and grasp

If you think of the HC as simply the leader, well then at least you have to give credit to Parcells for finding Belichek and bringing him on board. The CEO of a company may not have a clue how certain parts of the operation work, but a good CEO will know how to find the right people who do know how to get things done right.

The Peter Principle is about the most succinct way to describe Parcells stop in Miami. While some get the idea he was the dictator guiding the slaves, I get the idea he acted more as a personal advisor/trainer to Ireland and Sparano. He didn't really do the job he signed up for.

Regardless of what you thought of him as a coach, I think he was a good leader, a good game day coach, but basically an inept VP of football operations. I wouldn't be as disappointed if he merely failed, I just don't get the idea he tried very hard.

FACTS ARE YOUR PRESIDENT IS PART BLACK AND PART WHITE AND YOU NEED TO GET OVER IT.

On a non-football note....and one that can no llonger be associated with steroids....

Barry Bonds...guilty of Obstruction of Justice...

Not guilty of knowingly using steroids.....

I said we better get used to the Dolphins picking Mallet with the 15th pick. I believe Mallet is the best of the quarterbacks. I have them in this order:
1. Ryan Mallet
2. Blaine Gabbert
3. Christian Ponder
4. Colin Kaepernick
I don't rate Newton high, I have a horrible hunch that the most he will be is Vince Young, not good enough for all the hype he has generated.

Thanks fin4, if it isn't comprehensible, blame it on me leaving something out along the way. Next time around I am giving the short two sentence response for sure!

I'm just glad he's gone

FACTS ARE HE'S CALLED MR.PRESIDENT AND HE'S THE MAN.

FACTS ARE HE WILL WIN ANOTHER TERM.

BONDS GUILTY WITH NO PROOF GOTTA LOVE THIS COUNTRY.

0x80, one last thought....you are correct sir. It was obvious to anyone with a brain, it was just a paycheck for Parcells. Liar and a thief

Kris,

I remember in 03 when the Pats were going to St. Louis for the 1st. rematch of that SB, the Pat D in flux with alot of moving pieces. The Rams on the other hand loaded and ready for what they saw in the SB. The game starts and all of a sudden the Pats are playing a diff. scheme with a combo of Bruschi/Vrabel or Bruschi/Mcginest flooding the zone 10 yards off and cutting of that quick hitch they loved so much in St.Louis, while constantly blitzung the free LB up the gut turning Faulk into a pass bloker or at least slowing down his release.

Then when they counter and go 4 wide he puts Troy Brown in the game to cut off those routes to Az-Hakim. I remember thinking that he had to be the best I ever saw scheming away at his opponents strengths.

0x80,

It`s very comprehensible but requires ones complete attention, it`s not a read for the ADD challenged or the novice simply glossing over, by the way I agree at 7:02 with both assesments.

The one thing I will give the Dolphins is the head scratching WC, I mean when we went into it in 08/09 it almost seemed like our opponents would forget to tackle, everybody would stand around in ahhh !!! fear the cat !!! I thought that one trick pony was done in N.E. week 3 in 08 but it`s like it had voodoo or something. I can`t tell you how many times I was left LMAO while we ran this H.S. formation stumping some of the best D minds in Football ! LOL !!!

Fin4life....

What I remember most about that game was Mike Martz refusal to RUN Marshall Faulk (HOF) and his down right pig-headed stubborness to pass the ball when the Pats were clearly in a Dime type defense...Selling out totally to stop Warner and the recievers....

Marshall Faulk was gashing the Patriots for long runs....when he got the chance....I am sure he was close to 10 yards a carry ( maybe 8).....

I know it was belicheat's design to give up the run.....and he was counting Martz being idiotic enough to try and prove he cold pass....even with 9 DBs.....

Thats what I remember Fin4life.....the rise of Belicheat's legend....and the idioctic fall of a guy who THINKS he's the smartest in the room...

Fin4life....the WC was great....then it turned into an out-dated dance.....

but like some time warped nerds.....we kept doing it.....even tho the cool kids laughed us off the dance floor....for us it was WC or die.....

Kris,

You get no argument from me there, I think Marshall himself will tell you it`s a diff. ball game if he gets 30 carries. I guess it was to philosophies going head to head and Martz was to dumb to blink.

lol @ Fin4life

« 1 2 3 4 5 »

The comments to this entry are closed.