Broncos not sending assistant coaches to Scouting Combine

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The Underwear Olympics will have fewer judges this year.

The Broncos aren’t sending their assistant coaches, according to ESPN.com.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio will attend. He told ESPN.com that the assistant coaches’ time will be better spent studying draft prospects on film. Which underscores the reality that the pre-draft made-for-TV workouts are more about the ultimate reality show than they are about showing teams who the best football players are.

Because the prospect interviews are recorded, assistants can study those later. In theory, they also could participate via FaceTime or similar technology.

The move has an incidental cash savings by reducing the team’s travel delegation.

The primary value of the Scouting Combine continues to be the centralized medical examinations. As the event grew, workouts and interviews were added and then it became a bigger and bigger media event and it’s now one of the NFL’s three primary offseason tentpoles.

It will be interesting to see whether the league discourages teams from sending smaller delegations, since the league relies on the Combine continuing to be perceived as a bigger and bigger deal. If the teams don’t view it that way, why should the fans?

9 responses to “Broncos not sending assistant coaches to Scouting Combine

  1. And I thought the Bears were cheap.

    On the other hand, if the Broncos kill it in the draft this year then you can bet it will become the new thing for everyone to do.

  2. There’s no substitute for meeting someone face to face. Sometimes the subliminal que’s you get are more intuitive than anything else about a person you will find out.

  3. For the cost it’s a stupid decision . The ability to network and see guys in person is worth it. Even if the return isn’t guaranteed you don’t want to take a chance of missing out if helpful info can possibly be had by the assistants .

  4. The Broncos may be on to something considering they have had two very productive drafts the last two years. Maybe focusing most of your time and resources on how well the players actually play football instead of how they perform in drills or giving rehearsed answers to sometimes ridiculous questions is the way to go.

  5. The whole scouting combine thing makes no sense except the social networking thing. You can’t really measure a player who is not in pads and playing between the white lines. They should all stay home and study film.

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