Well before the NFL draft begins in New York, the battle over pro prospects has already been waged. Scouts, head coaches, GMs and owners all have conflicting agendas, and it's the players who get caught in the crossfire.
In the January 11, 2010 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Seth Wickersham looks at the factors associated with successful NFL head coaches and determines the next great one will be ... Marty Mornhinweg. No, really. Read it and you'll see.
Nothing will undo a player's reputation for toughness faster than complaining about it. Stoicism and other factors are reasons why we'll never have a measure of how resilient these athletes are, writes Seth Wickersham.
If the NFL and its players can't agree on a new CBA, there will be no salary cap in 2010. And if someone is willing to fork over a ton of cash, there's an opportunity to buy a Lombardi Trophy out there.
Seth Wickersham wonders how Norv Turner can win in the court of public opinion. If the Chargers upset the Patriots on Sunday, their deep roster will be hailed. If they lose, it will be considered Turner's fault.