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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.  

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Kris,

You know thinking about it now, I wish it hadn`t worked, it wouldn`t have taken so long to start searching out the pieces on Offense and you can bet we never draft Pat White, I don`t now who else they liked at that pick but you gotta believe it wouldn`t have flopped so monumentally

ARMANDO AND EVERYONE,
ON NFL.COM TUNA REVEALS RARE SOFT INTROSPECTIVE SIDE!!! I DON'T EVEN WANT TO HEAR ANYTHING ELSE! WHEN A CEO IN A BUSINESS ANY WHERE ELSE ( OTHER THN THE NFL ) LEAVES, HE HAS ALREADY SIGNED NO COMPETE
CLAUSES AND NON-DISCLOSURE CLAUSES!! WHY IS THIS PIG, JACKASS RUNNING AROUND THUMBING HIS NOSE AT THE FINS!!! JESUS CHRIST, HE WORKED FOR THE JETS AND PATS BUT NO-ONE IN THE DAMN, DAMN, DAMN, DAMN, WORLD SEES ANYTHING WRON G WITH THIS ?FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF, SH3T!!! AND NO ONE EVEN IN THEIR WILDEST DREAM TRYING TO DO A STORY ON THIS PPPPIIIIGGGG? IF I WERE ROSS I'D BE SUING THIS PIG.

Fin4life....

Not sure how true it is....but word on this blog is Pat White was a KEEP-AWAY pick from the Pats....

I hope thats not the case...We need to draft fou OUR needs...not to stop the Pats....we are no where near a point where we can waste picks.....at least not intentionally.....

Best WC play for me:

4th and goal at home against the Jets, down by about 5 points, only seconds left on the clock, and they call WC. Ronnie Brown squeezed in for the game winning touchdown. Rex was stunned in the post game interview. Then later in the week Rex made some comment about that 'nonsense WC' and Crowder replied, yeah well we just nonsensed your ass up and down the whole field...something to that effect anyway.

LOL !!!! 0X80, I remember that, Rex needed to really keep his yap shut there, it`s not like when he saw Brown under Center he didn`t know what was coming.

FINSAREGEDDON.....

I will have to see the interview.....I did think it was a bit odd he was talking past draft failures with Armando.....The past can be the best key to the future.....

Kris,

I`ve heard that as well and if there is any truth to it then it`s gotta be a running joke at Belichek`s house to this day while he amusses guests with it.

No matter who is right in this war between the NFL and NFLPA, both sides do not have any concern for us, the fans. They are killing the fan interest that produces ticket and merchandise sales, but most importantly the television audience they sell to advertisers. The NFL is expected to enter into TV contracts worth an additional 46 Billion dollars as soon as the next CBA is signed. The NFL just assumes we will once again slip back into old modes of behavior, and they have no fear we will not. Let's just put some fear in them.

The NFL and networks will be watching this draft very closely for any signs of slippage in its viewing audience. Last year, they proudly announced that the television ratings had increased by 18%, it was a sign that the NFL reached new levels of popularity. Now imagine how they would react if the rating declined by 50%.

If you intend to go to the draft in person, don't go, let the auditorium be half filled. Only watch the results of the Draft on your late night sports report, and these blogs which will be filled chatter about the selections. You will know who was selected, you will lose nothing, but maybe gain a season. Support your fellow fans by not acting like a fan. Send a message that the sleeping giant is starting to awaken, and he can not be taken for granted, or ignored any longer. This is only the first step.

Pass this message on, post it to your Facebook page and other blogs, Tweet "Join Fan Boycott of NFL Draft on TV". Spread the word,

Is anybody funnier in politics than Stephen Colbert......

FINSARMAGEDDON,

I agree whole heartedly, just read your post I can`t believe more isn`t made of him offering his services in 09 to the Jets our biggest div. foe on there Coaching search !!! If I`m Ross I`m suing his a/s for breach of contract and involving Goodell cause it stands to reason that franchise tampering applies in that scenario !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

viguy007,

I`M IN !!!!

Viguy007...

Great post...reasonable request I would think many could comply with.....

After all....who really cares after rd 3.....for me its really about rd 1....not really a college guy...

Any off hand conversation with a player or Coach under contract by another team is slapped with Franchise Tampering. How is it then that a team seeks out the council of a Div. rivals V.P. to fill there vacant Coaching position not Tampering? Somebody please explain it to me because if I`m way of base here I`d like to know ?

Actually I think that WC I mentioned above was the last ballsy call I've seen from Sparano. In 2009 they went 4th and 1 often, in 2010 he chickened out too many times, like after that second fast turnover against Pitt, was 4th and about 1 and he goes for a second FG.

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


Posted by: 0x80 | April 13, 2011 at 06:34 PM


DAMN 0x80!!!!

I don't know if Fin4life was sorry he asked, but I sure as hell am!

I'm **NEVER EVER** going to question ANYTHING you say AGAIN!

If you say Fred Flintstone is worthy of the overall number one pick in the draft, I'm going to take it as fact and LEAVE it at THAT!

ValHalla-Go Fins INDEED!

odin... well I've had a change of heart on who I want at 15, so I hope you'll support me. I think Bugs Bunny is just the character we need in the backfield and he should still be available! Someones gotta outsmart Belicheck and he is just the one to do it!

0x80,

I`m actually feeling the road runner for PR/KR while playing the slot rec. as well, your thoughts?

By the way odin I didn`t want to feel dumb he had me reading that thing 3 x`s in case he asked a question I could give a somewhat coherent response ! LOL ! and while I get the concept of what he`s talking about, if he were to throw one of those mathimatical equasions at me my head might explode, LMAO !

I hear the Road Runner ran a 1.29/40

Fin4,

I seriously considered Road Runner. Bugs has more brains, more versatile, will get in the opponents head more seriously. RR has the speed, but he only outsmarted a dumb coyote! Now, if we can trade down and land them both, I'm all for it!

I hear you 0x80, I heard that he beep beeped all the stop watch holding G.M.`s in his run, what a show boat that guy !!!

Learned to today that you can say anything you want.....true or not....without fear of getting sued....make up all the stats you like.....just be sure to put the disclaimer....

#not intended to be an factual statement#

Thanks to John Kyle (R) Senator......http://www.collegenews.com/index.php?/article/jon_kyl_stephen_colbert_12367/

funny clip if you got 2 min.....

and before i get the Poltical Junkies thinking I am hating on the Republicans.....

Let me be clear....I have nothing but DISLIKE for both parties....

Fin4life - Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Don't give him any ideas!

0x80,

Thank you for seeing the humor in my post. I always feel like if I have to apologize for and explain my humorphorically challenged attempts at humor, well then, I'm just not doing a good job!

Bugs Bunny you say? Splendid, sounds great. Believe you me, there will be NO further QUESTIONS(snicker, snicker).................

FACTS OF LIFE,


(( WHILE WORKING MUST KEEP THINKING OF TO GET RICH AT ANY CHANE WITOULT COMPROMISE ))...THAT WAS MY QUOTE.....


NOW TUNA GOT HIRED BY THE TRASH GUY FOR 4 MILLION A YEAR ,THEN THE TRASH GUY SOLD TO ROSS AND PAID TUNA HIS FULL SALARY NOT ROSS.... WHERE'S THE ISSUE ...IF YOU PAID GROVE AND WILSON AND PAT WHITE TOTA LOF 42 MILLION WHY THE GREAT TUNA DOESN'T GET PAID 12 ......WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE ABOUT THE PLAYERS ...AT LEAST TUNA PROVIDED LAUGHS AND A STEADY TEAM


GETTING RICH AT ANY CHANCE WITHOUT

STEVEN COLBERT RAN HIS WELCOME,HE PRACTICE RUDE COMEDY .HE'S TOO SMART TO BE FUNNY .SELF CENTERED PERSON ,ALSO .

Odin,

I always find your humor good natured and light hearted. If someone isn't getting it, then its simply because they have no sense of humor. Not even apologizing will help them get it.

FINSARMGDON,,


ROSS DIDN'T PAY TUNA,THE TRASH GUY DID .

OX80,

MAY BE SOME DON'T GET ODIN HUMOR FOR LACK OF EDUCATION NOT SENSE OF HUMOR .

Guys,

I actually welcome our little breaks into humor, sometimes born out of the very topic were discussing, it`s the fact that we can laugh at it/ourselves sometimes that makes it all the more funny, anybody who would take some of the wise cracking on here seriously, needs to find a new hobby.

Thor.....opens May 6th

Thought you might like to know Odinseye....

best movie that NATALIE PORTMAN made...............(( ANYWHERE BUT HERE )) WITH SUSAN SARANDON ...GREAT NICE MOVIE

LOCO--- WHO GIVES A DAMN WHO HIRED HIM, HIS CONTRACT WAS WITH THE MIAMI DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN SOME CASE IF YOU WORK FOR PUBLIX YOU CAN'T WORK FOR WINN DIXIE. YOU SHOULD KNOW SINCE YOU WORK FOR SUBWAY YOU CAN'T WORK FOR JERSEY MIKE'S AT THE SAME TIME !SEEMS LIKE THE TUNA CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS, JETS, PATS , COWBOYS, ESPN. HOWEVER THE FINS ARE THE ONLY TEAM HE IS SPEAKING PUBLICALLY ABOUT. DOES ANYONE THINK THINK THAT OTHER TEAMS USE THAT INFO? HELL, BELLICHEK ALREADY HAS AN EDGE WITH HIS FILMING SKILLS AND WE HAVE A FORMER V.P. AIRING OUR LAUNDRY LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER HIS CONTRACT EXPIRES. ONCE A MOTHER F--ING AGAIN ANY OTHER CORP. MAKES SURE YOU DON'T TALK FOR AT LEAST A YEAR!!!! GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR AS&6S.

P.S. LOCO QUIT YOUR IDIOT RAMBLINGS ABOUT CRAP ------ THIS IS A FOOTBALL BLOG!!!!!

I have a "NEW" long winded theory on Parcell's, Henning, Pat White and the Wildcat.

I think it's fair to say that we were all surprised by the Pat White pick. I THOUGHT I understood it, still I was mystified as to why they would use such a high pick on the wildcat.

My new theory I think finally explains what they were thinking! I originally thought they were making Pat White a type of luxury pick trying to strengthen the Wildcat as a "PACKAGE. As an auxiliary unit, if you will, of our base offense.

NOPE!!!!

These guys(Parcells and Henning)were giving it one last hurrah, trying to prove that the game hadn't passed them by. They were old school and believed in the run first approach at all costs. Even in, and despite today's pass happy NFL.

These guys indeed adopted David Lee's Wildcat(the OLD single wing)out of desperation.

However, after riding that cat to a Division Title, both of their Ginormous Ego's took over.

Not only were they taking White to strengthen the wildcat, they had visions of grandeur. These two Dufus's thought they were going to REVOLUTIONIZE the NFL. I believe they thought they had the perfect antidote to the newer pass happy NFL. Tough D, strong run game and the Pat White led Wildcat factor.

These Two dinosaurs actually believed they were going to make the wildcat our base offense, "REVELOTIONIZE" the game and ride Pat White to a Super Bowl victory, all in one fell swoop! ROTFLMAO!!!!

This is the perfect example of how dangerous it can be to mix Senility and prune juice with a couple of gigantic ego's!

Any off hand conversation with a player or Coach under contract by another team is slapped with Franchise Tampering. How is it then that a team seeks out the council of a Div. rivals V.P. to fill there vacant Coaching position not Tampering? Somebody please explain it to me because if I`m way of base here I`d like to know ?

fin4life | April 13, 2011 at 07:58 PM

SERIOUSLY IS MY LINE OF THINKING HERE THAT OFF BASE ? BECAUSE I WANT TO KNOW WHY THE COMISSIONERS OFFICE DIDN`T EVEN MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT IT, THEY HAVE MADE A BIGGER DEAL OUT OF MUCH LESS !!!!


FINS THE UNEMPLOYED TRYING TO ACT LIKE SLEAZY LAWYER .

Q...WHERE DOES IT SAY YOU CAN'T TALK TO ANOTHER TEAM FOR ADVICE ?NO WHERE...IN FACT TH NFL LIKE PEOPLE LIKE THE TUNA TO GIVE HIS ADVICE TO ANY TEAM SINCE IT BENFIT THE LEAGUE AS A WHOLE TO HAVE STRONG TEAMS ALL AROUND NOT LIKE THE NBA AND THAT'S WHY THE NFL IS STRONG , DONKEY .

**DISCLAIMER**

The above post may not be news to all of you, but I just finally GOT IT!

This wasn't just a move to solidify a gimmick offense.

These two dolts were seriously thinking they were going to prove once in for ALL, that they were FOOTBALL GODS!!!!

PS: I admire the confidence, but senility and Karma are a Mutha-Fukka!!!!

FINSARMGDON THAT IS

Kris,

I already new(go figure), but thanks just the same. Good looking out!

Jeez Odin, write a novel why don't ya! If they wanted a QB for the WC their thinking was fundamentally flawed! They needed a Tim Tebow, not a fragile praying mantis like Pat White, they miscast him!

ODIN,

Saw it and see it lock stock and barrel just like you do ! to paraphrase Parcells "His problem is he starts to drink the koll-aid"

They would have definetly had more success with the ultimate WC trigger man in Vick and used that pick on something else.

BTW Odin, Knute Rockne came up with the wildcat, 'cept he didn't call it that.....but his "Four Horsemen" would shift and make similar plays....

FIRST OF ALL LOCO IS CLUELESS. ODIN YOU RIGHT ABOUT THE WHITE PICK EXCEPT (ACCORDING TO THE INTERVIEW WITH PARCELLS ON NFL.COM, HE SAID THE "TEAM " WAS ENAMORED WITH THE WHITE PICK" BECAUSE OF THE WILDCAT)..

BREAKING FOR DB AND 0X80...........


REPOR ........ MARK INGRAM HAS BEEN ELMINATED FRON 2 DRAFT BOARDS DUE TO ,,, HIS BAD KNEE ,,,LOMBARDI AND MIKE MAYOCK THINK HE COULD SLIDE TO SECOND ROUND BASED ON A STRONG RUMOR THAT MARK INGAM KNEE'S IS TENUOUS.

LESHOURE ....LESHOURE

Fin4life,

I agree, Vick would have been the better(best?)trigger man for the wildcat.

The thing is and I said this then, I'll say it again.

At the time we had a pretty good o-line and a solid run game out of our BASE offense.

Instead of that costly wildcat detour, those Dinosaurs should have been working on FIXING the PASSING GAME. You know, the same thing we're still trying to do THREE YEARS LATER!

Adaptability isn't an option in today's NFL. It's a necessity. You roll with the changes or you fall by the wayside!

FINS, TRUE, HOWEVER ANYONE KNOWS IN THE CORPORATE WORLD WHAT THE RULES ARE , WHY IS THE FAT TUNA ABOVE THEM. EVEN OUT OF RESPECT. WHEN HE LEFT THE PATS DO YOU REMEMBER HIM SAYING WE SHOULDN'T HAVE DRAFTED THIS ONE OR THIS SCREWED UP PICK WAS BECAUSE OF KRAFT?

MAYCOK OF INGRAM.............. (( IF HE'S 100 PERCENT HEALTY ,I CAN SEE HIM SLIDE TO SECOND ROUND EASY ))


LOMBARDI ON INGRAM.........(( I THINK HE MAY HAVE DEGANRATIVE ARTHRITIS ,A CONDTION LINKED TO DA;QUANBOWERS ))

IRELAND.......... BETTR GET INGRAM OFF YOUR DRAFT BOARD TONIGHT AND REPLACE HIM WITH .........LESHOURE

DOLPHINS HAD LUNCH TODAY WITH MALLET IN ARK AND AFTER THE LUNCH ,MALLET THOUGHT THE DOLPHINS SHOWED GREAT INTEREST IN HIM.

Aloco, dont be so quick to drink the mis-information kool aid. Someone wants Ingram to fall, can't blame them.

@ odin

Kris,

You know thinking about it now, I wish it hadn`t worked, it wouldn`t have taken so long to start searching out the pieces on Offense and you can bet we never draft Pat White, I don`t now who else they liked at that pick but you gotta believe it wouldn`t have flopped so monumentally

fin4life | April 13, 2011 at 07:37 PM


Instead of that costly wildcat detour, those Dinosaurs should have been working on FIXING the PASSING GAME. You know, the same thing we're still trying to do THREE YEARS LATER

ODIN I COULDN`T AGREE MORE ALL I`M SAYING IS THAT ASIDE FROM THERE ERROR IN JUDGMENT THEY COULDN`T EVEN GET THE RIGHT PERSONNEL.

You know while were at it the amount of misses have really piled up, everybody drinking the kool-aid, "The trifecta at least got this team fixed for the most part" If you believe that I got a bridge in Brooklyn I wanna sell you. They took over a 1-15 team, it couldn`t go anywere but up, a chimp could have been named VP and it still couldn`t have gone anywere but up !!

OX80,

WHY ONLY INGRAM ? WHY MAYCOK SAYS...EVEN AT 100 PERCENT ,I CAN SEE HIM FALLING TO SECOND ROUND ?

The Dolphins will show great interest in anyone they think someone will trade up for. Can't draw any conclusions from their actions or anything the pundits say this time of year.

The Dolphins had lunch with Mallet as a Smoke Screen.

Shortly after "ditching" Mallet, they were observed "interviewing" DJ Williams at a local high school.

Maycock has no more clue what the GM's around the league will really do than any of us.

I nominate Bubbles the Chimp as new Miami Dolphins VP, Bubbles takes the micraphone reaches in his diaper and pulls out a load heaving it at the press core!! The next morning the headline reads BUBBLES SHOWS DISATISFACTION WITH STATE OF THE FRANCHISE" In caption a stunned Mando whipping himself off in disbelief !!!!

Aloco,

I think Mayock said it for the same reasons I did earlier this week.

Ingram will slide in the draft because of the other RB's that are on the rise.

Between the combine and the draft the personnel guys really get busy doing their due diligence.

Since the combine, guys like Leshoure, Williams, Hunter and Jones are being looked at a lot closer. Even Jordan Todman of Connecticut has been on the rise. One mock I looked at today have us taking him in the 3rd.

Ingrams slide is just a by product of the current belief that good solid RB's can be found in later rounds.

Fin4, hilarious!

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