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Monday, February 27, 2006

So What Was Vince Young's Major?

A bruhaha has been ignited over at the NFL Draft combine... STOP POST Now honestly, is there any event in all of sports except maybe the Winter Olympics that receives as much hype and as much "expert" analysis at the NFL Draft. Here we are at the end of February getting all worked up over something that is two months away. Yes, the players are all working out and we are getting some indications about what teams might do. That being said, we also have people like Mel Kiper, Jr who devote serious time to figuring out who is going to get drafted where. I am beginning to think that the CIA and FBI spend less time analyzing Al Qaeda transmissions than people at ESPN spend trying to figure out which 22 year old, criminal justice degree recipient from Whatever State is going as the 24th pick of the fifth round only to have the guy blow out his knee in Week 2. How can anyone think of anything else but college basketball at this time of year. Priorities people! Uh-hum, now on with the topic at hand. RESUME POST Much is being made over the missreported score for Texas QB Vince Young on the evaluation test the NFL uses to determine whether potential player is a blinking idiot or just the regular kind. It was first reported that Young scored a 6 on the 50 question Wonderlic test. The score was later corrected as being a 16. Let me see if I can parse this. 1. Assuming they scored this test as 1 point per question, 16 is not a whole lot better than 6. The way this unfolded people were screaming about Young only getting six right but then it turned out to be 16 and everyone is OK. 16 out of 50! Now I took a sample of this test at ESPN.com and it does require some thinking and analytical skills. I missed a couple of math questions because I was too lazy to see the calculation through and made a ballpark guess. That being said, if you made good enough on the SAT to meet NCAA requirement I would think you could handle this test. In fact, a player like Young who needs to be able to memorize a bunch of plays and formations as well as read them from the line should score better than 16. 2. The most notable quote on the issue came from Tennessee Titans' coach Jeff Fisher who said, "The Wonderlic is just a red flag, before the draft, everybody will sit down with Vince and find out if he can process information. The test has been the standard for decades, but it's only one part of the evaluation process. It's just a first step. There'll be a lot of other tests he'll undergo." If he can process information?!?! Well I would hope he would be able to process information. Unless I missed something, I think Young is able to dress and feed himself. If I did not know better I would think that Fisher was implying that Young was not only an idiot but had the IQ of a toaster! Of course the MSNBC article I read also reported Michael Vick's score was 20. If that was meant to be a source of encouragement on the insignifgance of the test score, let just say it failed in its intent. 3. (Warning: Graitutious Mack Brown abuse by a bitter UNC fan ahead) What does this ultimately say about Mack Brown's coaching and his offensive game plan? I think it says there was not much more than, "OK Vince, snap the ball, step back, look for an open receiver, if there isn't one then run because you are the fastest guy on the field" If you saw the Rose Bowl, you probably would agree that there was not any point to calling a play per se because half of them ended with Young eluding defenders with his pure physical speed and agility to move the football. I am beginning to think that the Texas offensive playbook consisted of a total of 25 plays and half of them were probably special teams related. In all seriousness, tests like this one probably indicate very little, just as the NFL people are saying. Of course if it is such a miniscule part of the process why bother with it in the first place? I think the reason for its existence is so teams can know exactly what kind of intelligence level a player possesses not so much for on the field purposes, but rather for off the field issues. I think a more appopriate test should include questions like: 1. If you develop a poor relationship with team ownership, your coach and/or a teammate the best course of action is to: A. Work with all parties involved to resolve the situation for the benefit of the team B. Publicly ostricize those individuals in the media C. Reduce your level of effort and then blame you teammates for the performance of the team as a whole D. None of the above. 2. If you sign a four year contract you are bound to the terms of the contact unless: A. The contract expires at the end of its term B. Your agent convinces you that you were underpaid and you should hold out for more money C. Your career is cut short by an injury D. Both A and C E. None of the above 3. It is permissable to hit your wife/girlfriend? True or False. 4. Which of the following drugs are NOT on the NFL banned substance list? A. Marijuana B. Anabolic steroids C. Tylenol D. All of the above E. None of the above 5. If your contract is expiring at the end of the season you should: A. Hold out for a contract extension at the beginning of training camp B. Negotiate a new contract during the season in private while continuing to give a full effort C. Throw your teammates under the bus in an effort to improve your position D. Both A and C E. None of the above Maybe it is just me, but the answers to these questions should tell teams a lot more about a player than whether they can calculate the unit price of PVC pipe per foot.

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