Character Questions?

An interesting one minute point of view linked here.

I think Saunders is taking the ‘character questions’ topic out of context and is placing it in a vacuum when he compares a draftee to an experienced NFL player like Randy Moss, Pac-man Jones and others.

With the experienced player, the NFL front office can at least assess the risk they are willing to accept. You KNOW what the player can do on the field in the NFL and you therefore know what that production is worth to you off-the-field. And, to some degree, you also know that the off-the-field issues of an existing NFL player does to the player’s ability to perform. Regardless of the issue, you know that Player X has been able to deliver certain performance and keep himself in a position to excel for however many years he has been in the league.

That is a very different equation from drafting an unproven Marvin Austin or Ryan Mallett or Cam Newton or any kid that is deemed to have ‘character questions’.

Not only do draftees (potentially) have off-the-field baggage that is unknown…they also have not yet proven that they can even play at the NFL level; nor have the proven that their ‘character issues’ will not overcome their talent and create a complete bust (ala Lawrence Phillips).

‘Character questions’ are not all the same.

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5 Responses to Character Questions?

  1. johnboyNCSU 05/02/2011 at 3:21 PM #

    Bomani Jones covered this on his show this morning and made some great points. The best point, the only thing the NFL cares about with ‘issues’ is whether the player will show up for work or not.

  2. PackMan97 05/02/2011 at 3:24 PM #

    To me it’s whether or not your mistakes will trickle over into the locker room and field.

    Perhaps Netwon has some issues, but he’s done everything on the field he can and his teammates seems to like him. Any “issues” with finances will sort themselves out with NFL $$$ and even if he gets in with the wrong crowd, there are still ways to mitigate risk there. Coaches and owners have become very good at dealing with this type of issue.

    Guys like Austin are as some NFL scout has described a “finger-pointing, excuse-making con artist”. If some extra benefits were all he had to deal with, there wouldn’t be an issue with his character. Hey, we all like some free stuff every now and then 🙂 However, you don’t lie about it, throw your team under the bus and make the problem worse which is what Austin did. The only way coaches and owners deal with a player like Austin is get him off the team.

  3. nckestrel 05/02/2011 at 3:37 PM #

    If it’s a veteran and he has character issues, you offer him less. (See Randy Moss, Owens, etc). Rookies get paid where you draft him. If you feel like you’re taking more of a risk with a draftee, your only option is to draft him lower.
    You can’t draft him and then say, “yeah, you’re a 1st rounder, but you have issues.” Too late, you drafted him at that spot, and his agent is going to make sure he gets it.

  4. packbackr04 05/02/2011 at 7:01 PM #

    did Weslye (why would you spell your child’s name that way?) get drafted?

    i didn’t really see his name but that could be the basis of this article…

  5. waxhaw 05/03/2011 at 7:11 AM #

    ^ No

    I guess the NFL won’t take Barry’s oral guarantee that Weslye is a good kid.

    Eventually bad character will come back to bite you in the ass. In this case, it’s affecting two bad apples. How many articles can he squeeze out of pimping his son for an NFL job?

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