While Cleveland Browns executive Paul DePodesta was waiting in line to head home from the NFL Combine, he says he heard several of his peers openly mocking him. Given the initial resistance that met the analytics movement in Major League Baseball, DePodesta is used to skepticism. But in the NFL, it will be more difficult for him to prove his doubters wrong.
Many of the NFL’s most prominent names, including Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Adrian Peterson, Kurt Warner and Brett Favre, have all said that they wouldn’t let their sons play football. LeBron James echoed the sentiment and even President Barack Obama Taj Gibson Authentic Jersey told The New Yorker that if he had a son, he wouldn’t let him play pro football.
Arians, 63, earned a label as one of the NFL’s more progressive coaches when he hired Jen Welter as a training camp intern last summer, making her the first female coach in league history.
On Friday, he told high school coaches that teaching better tackling is the way to decrease concussions and battle the stigma associated with football:
“Our job is to make sure the game is safe, at all levels,” Arians said. “The head really has no business being in the game. There’s a lot of different teachers, but when I was taught how to tackle, and block, it was on a two-man sled, and you did Toni Kukoc Authentic Jersey it with your shoulder pads. That’s still the best way to do it. There’s really isn’t any place for your face in the game. I would beg all of you to continue to learn more about what they’re now calling rugby style tackling. I thought it was f—— football myself.”
With Lynch off the board, the Jets turn to improving a subpar pass rush. Spence can pressure the pocket with either his hand in the dirt or standing up near the line of scrimmage. His play implies that he’s worth a higher pick than No. 20 overall, but his off-field issues may ding him in the draft.
The consideration here was an Alabama player, either Robinson or linebacker Reggie Ragland. Robinson is the choice, though, simply because he’s the better player. He can pack a wallop playing end in Washington’s defense because of his power and underrated athleticism.