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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Assorted links

1. How would Malcolm Gladwell describe the 2008 Texas Longhorns' season?

2. How much is Jay Cutler, the commodity, worth? (I like Cutler more than Cassel, but it's too early to tell.)

3. I want to gradulate corch urban meyers and percy harvey.

4. Travis Henry: "A near perfect example of an infinite discount rate."

5. Is Jim Schwartz thinking lineman or quarterback for the Lions' pick? (Based on what I've written previously about picking quarterbacks and on Jim Schwartz, I'd be surprised if he went with a quarterback, but who knows. More on this topic later.)

6. Want to work for Chip Kelly at Oregon? Fill out the application. (And give yourself awhile to do it. And make sure you have experience coaching offense at the college level. And only need two hours of sleep per night.)


Gustaf Hallgren said...

I'd like to read that article by the Swedish social scientists or to find the actual Journal Of Socioeconomic Rural Studies if there ever existed such a journal.

Anonymous said...

Re: Drafting QBs and your original article with the quotes about Chase Daniel

The key to success for a QB in the NFL is how well they handle an intense pass rush and how they react to getting a physical pounding. Scouts had an idea with Cutler from watching how he handled it at Vandy playing in the SEC. A lot of successful college QBs never face the kind of pass pro problems that some NFL QBs have to face week in and week out. Can OU's Bradshaw? Who knows?

The pounding takes a mental toll. And it isn't just about courage. It's the uncertainty of whether you have enough time to go through progressions, etc. Even an incredibly courageous QB can start rushing throws because of a desire to avoid sacks. And struggling with a bad team can have a major impact on confidence.

How do you measure mental toughness? Decison-making and physical performance under extreme stress? Playing with pain?