• "He [Blaine Gabbert] consistently lines up 6-7 yards behind center, which is deeper than many spread offenses. I never saw him take a snap from under center. Many of his throws are determined pre snap and when one of those receivers isn’t open he hesitates. You almost never see him look to the other side of the field. In four games, I don’t think I saw him read more than half the field on 10 plays. The thing he consistently does when his predetermined reads are covered is retreat. You almost never see him step up and try and find an open man. Though he has great speed, he is not real quick footed and shows just average ability to avoid the rush."

    Soweit Greg Gabriel, der bis 2010 neun Jahre lang Director of College Scouting bei den Chicago Bears war. Ich bin jeden Tag wieder irritiert, wenn ich lese, daß Gabbert – und auch Cam Newton – auf jeden Fall Top-5-Picks werden und irgendeine darniederliegende Franchise retten. Lächerlicher Gedanke.

  • Matt Hinton, einer der besten so rumlaufenden College-Football-Beobachter, fordert schon seit langem Playoffs im College Football. Heute hat er den, meiner Meinung nach, bis jetzt besten konkreten Vorschlag ausgebreitet, wie denn diese Playoffs aussehen könnte. Hört sich alles ganz sympathisch an, aber am Ende bin ich dann doch immer noch dagegen.
  • NFPs Greg Gabriel mit einem überaschend – ich würde schon fast sagen: übertrieben – positiven Scouting Report über Cam Newton – den Spieler.  Dafür kommt der Mensch und Leder Cam Newton gar nicht gut weg:
    "As much as I like Newton the player, I don’t trust Newton the person and at the position he plays there has to be trust. He has three documented issues from his college days, two at Florida and the recruiting issues with Mississippi State. I don’t believe for a minute he didn’t know what was going on at Mississippi State. The two issues at Florida are serious issues that deal with a person’s personal character. He was involved in a theft. People can say he was young, but I don’t buy that excuse. I have been told that in front of the cameras, he is all smiles and a pleasure to deal with but behind the scenes he can be arrogant and have a “me first” attitude. There are teammates that question his authenticity as a person." 
  • Auch die ColdHardFootballFacts haben jetzt mit ihrer statistikgesättigten Saisonrückschau begonnen. Erster Patient: die Arizona Cardinals.
  • Hat Jerry Jones zu oft Jerry Maguire geguckt?

    ""I don't think we've got your attention," Jones said to the players, per Trotter, who says several of them recounted the incident. "You clearly don't understand what we're saying, and we're not hearing what you're saying. So I guess we're going to have to show you to get your attention."

    Jones then proceeded to "tap his fists together for emphasis," stand up and walk out of the room (Jerry Richardson started to leave with him, but Robert Kraft apparently kept the Panthers owner from bolting). 
    This went over — as you might expect — really, really well. 
    "I think everybody in the room thought it was overly dramatic, almost hilarious," one player told Trotter. "It was like a Jerry Maguire moment. You know, 'I'm leaving. Who's coming with me?' I know it didn't scare any of us.""