It has been a couple of weeks since the Seahawks paraded the Lombardi trophy down 4th Avenue. Since then, do you have symptoms of irritability, restlessness, intense boredom, and mood swings? Are you fiending for anything Seahawks? Do you find yourself lusting for the sound of Steve Raible’s voice? Are you surfing the internet for countless hours searching for Super Bowl 48 merchandise? If any of the above-mentioned symptoms sound familiar, you are suffering from a severe case of Post Traumatic Seahawks Disorder (PTSD).
PTSD must be taken very seriously. The affects of this disorder are detrimental to the physical, mental, and social health of a 12. Studies have shown that PTSD is clearly linked to a deficiency of football in a 12’s diet. Clinical research has proven that steps can be taken to mitigate the damage of PTSD.
Here at Reppin’The12, we are offering a 12 step program to help you navigate the off-season and deal with your bout of PTSD. Just think of us as your sponsor. I will be writing a 12 part series for the program, so check back to this site on a regular basis, or subscribe for e-mail updates to this blog.
Step 1- Watch the NFL Scouting Combine
The NFL Scouting Combine is scheduled this coming week (Feb. 22 to Feb. 25) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. General managers and head coaches for all 32 NFL teams will converge upon Indianapolis to get an up close and personal look at college football players who dream of playing in the league.
The event is by invitation only for the athletes in attendance (your Super Bowl 48 MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith, #53, was never invited to the NFL Combine). The list of participants can be found on NFL.com.
The players undergo a physical exam, including x-rays. They are also weighed and measured. Their height, weight, wing span, and hand size are recorded. This is done for the so-called draft experts, who will explain to us why certain players can’t make it in the NFL because they are too small. Or in the case of strong safety Kam Chancellor (#31), too big.
The players will then have the opportunity to display their athletic skills in a series of tests and drills. Players are timed in the ever important 40-yard dash. The bench press is loaded to 225 pounds and the player will lift as many reps as possible until exhaustion. The broad jump is performed to demonstrate their lower body explosiveness and balance. Their vertical jump is measured while standing flat footed. A 3-cone drill is set up to demonstrate change of direction (COD). The final exercise is a shuttle run to view the players later quickness and explosiveness.
The NFL Combine is not just about the players physical capabilities. They will undergo a psychological exam and will have to take the “Wonderlic” test. You can check out a sample test here, but I find I don’t have the patience, will, or attention span to finish it due to suffering from PTSD. The players will also meet with team representatives for interviews. They players will also be subjected to the the media for a press conference. Undoubtedly, the press conference with combine participant Michael Sam will be a circus.
Under Armour will provide the players with workout gear, ranging from shirts, tank tops, running tights, compression shorts, etc. The style of the gear for the past years have been atrocious and gawdy. There is nothing worse than looking at 320 pound lineman conduct a shuttle run in bright red and yellow compression shorts. The NFL Combine is also knowns as the “Underwear Olympics”. Let’s hope the gear this year is better.
Watching the NFL Combine offers some minor relief of PTSD. The event itself has little entertainment value. The so-called draft experts and self-proclaimed twitter draft prophets will be pointing out who they believe had a good showing at the combine and would make a great addition to the Seahawks or other NFL teams. I am not going to lie, I don’t pretend to know who did well in the combine other than simply looking at the results of their tests. With the naked eye, I can’t tell the difference between somebody who runs a 4.40 forty yard dash versus somebody who can run it in 4.50 seconds.
The reality is, just because somebody can bench press more weight than the next guy, doesn’t guarantee them success in the NFL. I personally like watching drills for the players that are orchestrated by actual NFL coaches. I like to see the interaction between coach and player.
The Seahawks first round pick (4th overall) in the 2009 draft was outside linebacker Aaron Curry (#59). Curry dominated the NFL Combine and the draft experts were in love with him. For the linebackers group, Curry recorded the best time in the forty yard dash, was fifth in the bench press, first in the broad jump, and first in the vertical jump. Draftnks claimed Curry was a sure thing for any NFL team.
Curry turned out to be a bust and was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2011. His last season in the NFL was 2012.
Stat addicts and math junkies will come up with also sorts of mathematical formulas to justify their predictions on who will and will not make it in the NFL. My advice is not to pay any attention to all that crap and hype. The only time to evaluate the draft and it’s players is three years down the road after it has occurred. We will then know who could or couldn’t make it on the professional gridiron.
The NFL Network hosts will be talking about the Seahawks and the genius of head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. You can familiarize yourself with the big names in the draft and even make your own predictions on who the Seahawks will pick in the first round this coming May. That is of course if they don’t trade it away again.
The NFL Combine is not a football game, but it is a little relief for the long dry spell ahead. The event is broadcast on NFL Network. If you don’t have that channel, I believe you can view it on the NFL Network live stream. For a full rundown on the NFL Combine schedule, click here.