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.
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.
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.