TraOriginally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
In the current media dominated world, I tend to disagree with your statements that professionals have a large edge over the fan who does a fair amount of evaluation on their own. With the huge amount of broadcast games, exposure at the Senior Bowl, combine, and campus workouts, plus access to the measurables in height, weight, speed, strength, and tons of interviews conducted at the local and national level, access to police records, etc, a person who puts time and effort can come up with a defendable argument In their analysis.
The only thing the team has access to that fans do not are the medical reports.
Teams speak to past coaches, family members and others when a high pick is on the line and we just do not have those connections. A former high school coach may be willing to say more than the politically correct media--"Great kid, hard worker, good family" nonsense...but only to a scout who has earned their trust. Just think they have much more access than we do...but then, I don't watch the Senior Bowl let alone the Senior Bowl practices. Do watch some of the combine when I can. So perhaps you are correct that a more serious fan can be informed to a professional degree...but doubt it.
I believe fans are also victims of idiotic media write-ups based on rumor and personal bias. I have no interest in relying on pundits and their mock mocks.
The resources that a team has exceed by far the resources of a individual.
We do not have direct immediate access to players.
Teams can interview the players, their families, and their coaches. Team bring players in for visits.
Teams have scouting staffs. We do not.
These scouting staffs go to hundreds of games a year, visit and talk to coaches. We do not and can not.
Teams have access to and analysis game film. We have access to broadcast games and u tube highlights.
But, it is also true that there is no denying that the information available to us to much greater than before.
And there is also no denying that teams, in spite of their massive resources and accumulated mounds of information, make mistakes quite frequently.