Combine interviews could be televised in the future

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League spokesman Greg Aiello once told PFT that the NFL is the “ultimate reality show.”  The Scouting Combine could take another big step toward that literal reality by bringing a camera into the room when teams interview players in Indy.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones floated the possibility moments ago during an appearance with Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock on NFL Network.  Eisen added that an unnamed head coach said Friday night that said unnamed head coach wouldn’t object to televising the interviews.

Mayock correctly observed that other coaches would.  Jones pointed out, in tactful terms, that in the end what the coaches like or don’t like won’t matter.

But it definitely would change the dynamics if teams know that their approach to interviewing players in Indy will be broadcast to the other 31 franchises.  And the sessions could end up becoming largely worthless if the folks asking the questions hold back for strategic reasons, or to avoid the embarrassment arising from say, asking about the chosen profession of a player’s mother.

Still, the strategic objectives of the teams could take a back seat to the strategic objectives of a league-owned network that continues to try to reach the profile that was envisioned when it launched nearly a decade ago.

9 responses to “Combine interviews could be televised in the future

  1. First the NFL Network needs to stop showing recycled programming during the 1st 2 days of the combine and start showing the press conferences of head coaches, GMs, & prospects.

  2. We will watch, because we love football. Just let me know time and channel. Wouldn’t u want to know how these guys speak when not given typical answered.

  3. Aren’t the interviews supposed to be private? Every year there’s always a leak of at least 1 guy that smoked weed and everyone says that info is not supposed to get out.

  4. Terrible, terrible, terrible idea.

    Everyone knows that people act differently when they know a camera is being pointed at them.

    The questions will be compromised, the answers from the athletes will be SEVERELY compromised. Teams will fear criticism if they’re overly tough with their questions, players will be FAR less liable to open up and be honest.

    The result will be the instantaneous irrelevance of what had up to this point been considered by teams a very important part of the process.

  5. Why don’t you people who would watch the interviews of a possible third round pick from Montana State get a life? Go spend time with your family, go snowboarding, get ready for spring beer league softball.

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