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There seems to be a heavy lean towards AFC candidates. Apropos of nothing, just interesting.
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Rick Smith made the right choice at QB, btw.

Here's his draft record - some pretty impactful names on there as well as a few misses:

ear Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2017 1 Deshaun Watson 12 QB 2020 0 3 3 52 54 1186 1748 14539 104 36 307 1677 17 1 6 1 Clemson
2017 2 Zach Cunningham 57 LB 2021 0 0 4 27 76 1 6.5 Vanderbilt
2017 3 D'Onta Foreman 89 RB 2021 0 0 0 3 26 240 987 5 18 239 2 Texas
2017 4 Julie'n Davenport 130 T 2021 0 0 2 13 60 Bucknell
2017 4 Carlos Watkins 142 DT 2021 0 0 1 10 57 1 5.0 Clemson
2017 5 Treston Decoud 169 S 2018 0 0 0 1 11 Oregon St.
2017 7 Kyle Fuller 243 C 2021 0 0 0 2 34 Baylor
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2016 1 Will Fuller 21 WR 2021 0 0 5 24 55 4 6 0 213 3136 24 Notre Dame
2016 2 Nick Martin 50 G 2021 0 0 4 27 79 Notre Dame
2016 3 Braxton Miller 85 WR 2017 0 0 1 2 21 4 1 0 34 261 2 Ohio St.
2016 4 Tyler Ervin 119 RB 2020 0 0 0 2 43 19 92 0 27 186 0 San Jose St.
2016 5 K.J. Dillon 159 S 2016 0 0 0 0 5 West Virginia
2016 5 D.J. Reader 166 NT 2021 0 0 3 24 81 8.5 Clemson
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2015 1 Kevin Johnson 16 CB 2020 0 0 0 11 64 1 1.5 Wake Forest
2015 2 Benardrick McKinney 43 ILB 2021 0 1 5 42 91 1 11.5 Mississippi St.
2015 3 Jaelen Strong 70 WR 2017 0 0 0 2 20 31 330 4 Arizona St.
2015 5 Keith Mumphery 175 WR 2016 0 0 0 2 27 24 198 0 Michigan St.
2015 6 Reshard Cliett 211 OLB 0 0 0 South Florida
2015 6 Christian Covington 216 DT 2021 0 0 1 18 98 9.5 Rice
2015 7 Kenny Hilliard 235 RB 0 0 0 LSU
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2014 1 Jadeveon Clowney 1 DE 2021 0 3 7 46 97 1 41.0 South Carolina
2014 2 Xavier Su'a-Filo 33 G 2021 0 0 3 23 83 UCLA
2014 3 C.J. Fiedorowicz 65 TE 2017 0 0 2 6 51 89 881 6 Iowa
2014 3 Louis Nix 83 DT 2015 0 0 0 0 4 Notre Dame
2014 4 Tom Savage 135 QB 2017 0 0 1 3 13 181 315 2000 5 7 16 8 0 Pittsburgh
2014 6 Jeoffrey Pagan 177 DE 2015 0 0 0 1 22 Alabama
2014 6 Alfred Blue 181 RB 2018 0 0 1 18 73 673 2407 8 69 470 2 LSU
2014 6 Jay Prosch 211 FB 2017 0 0 2 0 63 10 42 0 6 61 0 Auburn
2014 7 Andre Hal 216 DB 2018 0 0 3 17 69 12 1.0 Vanderbilt
2014 7 Lonnie Ballentine 256 DB 2016 0 0 0 0 4 Memphis
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2013 1 DeAndre Hopkins 27 WR 2021 3 5 8 67 136 1 3 6 1 1 4 12 0 789 10581 68 Clemson
2013 2 D.J. Swearinger 57 DB 2020 0 0 5 28 110 14 4.5 South Carolina
2013 3 Brennan Williams 89 OL 0 0 0 North Carolina
2013 3 Sam Montgomery 95 DE 0 0 0 LSU
2013 4 Trevardo Williams 124 DE 2014 0 0 0 0 3 1.0 Connecticut
2013 6 David Quessenberry 176 OL 2021 0 0 2 4 35 1 1 1 San Jose St.
2013 6 Alan Bonner 195 WR 0 0 0 Jacksonville St.
2013 6 Chris Jones 198 DT 2016 0 0 0 14 41 9.0 Bowling Green
2013 6 Ryan Griffin 201 TE 2021 0 0 5 12 119 206 2158 14 Connecticut
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2012 1 Whitney Mercilus 26 DE 2021 0 0 8 49 138 2 58.0 Illinois
2012 3 DeVier Posey 68 WR 2014 0 0 0 2 26 1 -3 0 22 272 0 Ohio St.
2012 3 Brandon Brooks 76 G 2021 0 3 7 50 114 Miami (OH)
2012 4 Ben Jones 99 C 2021 0 0 9 50 160 Georgia
2012 4 Keshawn Martin 121 WR 2016 0 0 1 7 58 5 59 0 62 685 5 Michigan St.
2012 4 Jared Crick 126 DE 2016 0 0 3 28 79 8.5 Nebraska
2012 5 Randy Bullock 161 K 2021 0 0 0 15 123 Texas A&M
2012 6 Nick Mondek 195 OL 0 0 0 Purdue
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2011 1 J.J. Watt 11 DE 2021 5 5 9 105 135 3 4 3 2 102.0 Wisconsin
2011 2 Brooks Reed 42 LB 2020 0 0 6 37 131 1 23.5 Arizona
2011 2 Brandon Harris 60 DB 2014 0 0 0 3 42 Miami (FL)
2011 4 Roc Carmichael 127 DB 2013 0 0 0 2 19 Virginia Tech
2011 5 Shiloh Keo 144 DB 2016 0 0 1 8 56 1 8 0 3 Idaho
2011 5 T.J. Yates 152 QB 2017 0 0 0 6 22 179 324 2057 10 11 28 107 1 North Carolina
2011 7 Derek Newton 214 T 2018 0 0 4 28 83 Arkansas St.
2011 7 Cheta Ozougwu 254 DE 2013 0 0 0 0 9 1.0 Rice
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2010 1 Kareem Jackson 20 DB 2021 0 0 11 46 176 20 3.0 Alabama
2010 2 Ben Tate 58 RB 2014 0 0 0 14 51 540 2363 14 67 347 0 Auburn
2010 3 Earl Mitchell 81 DT 2018 0 0 4 29 130 6.5 Arizona
2010 4 Darryl Sharpton 102 LB 2014 0 0 1 10 47 1 1.0 Miami (FL)
2010 4 Garrett Graham 118 TE 2015 0 0 2 7 60 100 1059 10 Wisconsin
2010 5 Sherrick McManis 144 DB 2020 0 0 0 9 142 3 1.0 Northwestern
2010 6 Shelley Smith 187 G 2014 0 0 0 7 36 Colorado St.
2010 6 Trindon Holliday 197 WR 2014 0 0 0 4 33 1 7 0 2 17 0 LSU
2010 7 Dorin Dickerson 227 WR 2013 0 0 0 1 23 1 -8 0 11 151 0 Pittsburgh
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2009 1 Brian Cushing 15 LB 2017 0 1 7 52 104 8 13.5 USC
2009 2 Connor Barwin 46 DE 2018 0 1 7 51 142 1 56.5 Cincinnati
2009 3 Antoine Caldwell 77 G 2012 0 0 0 11 39 Alabama
2009 4 Glover Quin 112 DB 2018 0 1 10 51 159 24 4.0 New Mexico
2009 4 Anthony Hill 122 TE 2011 0 0 0 0 12 3 19 0 North Carolina St.
2009 5 James Casey 152 TE 2015 0 0 1 7 95 2 17 0 72 842 6 Rice
2009 6 Brice McCain 188 DB 2017 0 0 2 18 132 11 0.5 Utah
2009 7 Troy Nolan 223 DB 2012 0 0 0 5 38 3 1.5 Arizona St.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2008 1 Duane Brown 26 T 2021 1 4 14 83 203 Virginia Tech
2008 3 Antwaun Molden 79 DB 2012 0 0 0 4 51 2 East. Kentucky
2008 3 Steve Slaton 89 RB 2011 0 0 2 21 45 442 1896 13 100 808 5 West Virginia
2008 4 Xavier Adibi 118 LB 2012 0 0 0 4 44 Virginia Tech
2008 5 Frank Okam 151 DT 2011 0 0 0 3 25 Texas
2008 6 Dominique Barber 173 DB 2011 0 0 0 5 39 1 1.0 Minnesota
2008 7 Alex Brink 223 QB 0 0 0 Washington St.
Year Rnd Player Pick Pos To AP1 PB St CarAV G Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD Int Sk College/Univ
2007 1 Amobi Okoye 10 DT 2012 0 0 4 24 87 16.0 Louisville
2007 3 Jacoby Jones 73 WR 2015 1 1 2 30 128 19 62 0 203 2733 14 Lane
2007 4 Fred Bennett 123 DB 2010 0 0 1 7 49 5 South Carolina
2007 5 Brandon Harrison 144 DB 2008 0 0 0 2 15 Stanford
2007 5 Brandon Frye 163 T 2009 0 0 0 2 11 Virginia Tech
2007 6 Kasey Studdard 183 G 2010 0 0 1 8 25 Texas
2007 7 Zach Diles 218 LB 2014 0 0 3 15 74 1 1.0 Kansas St.
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Meh. Had a long run but never had a championship caliber team and hired shit coaches IMO
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Probably still my favorite. The comfort of a guy who's done it at the top level before and done a pretty good job at it.
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The Cooler King wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 4:21 pm Probably still my favorite. The comfort of a guy who's done it at the top level before and done a pretty good job at it.
Maybe he will hire Romeo Crennel for HC!

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Was he at least gone before they traded Hopkins for that RB?
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I'd be totally fine with Rick Smith.
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dplank wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 4:11 pm Meh. Had a long run but never had a championship caliber team and hired shit coaches IMO
Agreed. Did good with his first round picks but as far as non-first rounders of note all I see is the brief flash of Steve Slayton.
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This feels like a blah choice to me. What has he been doing in the past four years to keep up with the game?
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dplank wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 4:29 pm Was he at least gone before they traded Hopkins for that RB?
He left in 2018. Hopkins was traded in early 2021.
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Texans went 92-100 during his tenure - a mediocre body of work, IMHO.
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pus wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 5:45 pm Texans went 92-100 during his tenure - a mediocre body of work, IMHO.
In fairness, however, he wasn't really fired - he had to leave due to family emergency - and right after his departure, they won 10 & 11 games the next years.
He left them in pretty good shape.
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He left the Texans to be with his wife, who eventually succumbed to cancer. Sad story.

That being said, after reading this article I feel like he might have kind of, sort of, turned into a bit of a weirdo:

https://theathletic.com/1596742/2020/02 ... -his-life/
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G08 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:32 pm He left the Texans to be with his wife, who eventually succumbed to cancer. Sad story.

That being said, after reading this article I feel like he might have kind of, sort of, turned into a bit of a weirdo:

https://theathletic.com/1596742/2020/02 ... -his-life/
Losing a spouse like that will change people. I know it would change me. Dunno if that makes him weird, or would make weird(er), to be fair.

His expressed philosophy on onboarding rookies is an interesting one, though.
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thunderspirit wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:03 am
G08 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:32 pm He left the Texans to be with his wife, who eventually succumbed to cancer. Sad story.

That being said, after reading this article I feel like he might have kind of, sort of, turned into a bit of a weirdo:

https://theathletic.com/1596742/2020/02 ... -his-life/
Losing a spouse like that will change people. I know it would change me. Dunno if that makes him weird, or would make weird(er), to be fair.

His expressed philosophy on onboarding rookies is an interesting one, though.
If he's studying eastern meditation and mindfulness/staying present philosophies, it's not a bad thing. Like at all. Don't know if it should be the cornerstone of your GM player strategy, but they can be great tools.
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Bears Whiskey Nut wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:06 am
thunderspirit wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:03 am

Losing a spouse like that will change people. I know it would change me. Dunno if that makes him weird, or would make weird(er), to be fair.

His expressed philosophy on onboarding rookies is an interesting one, though.
If he's studying eastern meditation and mindfulness/staying present philosophies, it's not a bad thing. Like at all. Don't know if it should be the cornerstone of your GM player strategy, but they can be great tools.
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thunderspirit wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:03 am
G08 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:32 pm He left the Texans to be with his wife, who eventually succumbed to cancer. Sad story.

That being said, after reading this article I feel like he might have kind of, sort of, turned into a bit of a weirdo:

https://theathletic.com/1596742/2020/02 ... -his-life/
Losing a spouse like that will change people. I know it would change me. Dunno if that makes him weird, or would make weird(er), to be fair.

His expressed philosophy on onboarding rookies is an interesting one, though.
Yep. I read that and immediately thought of what Soup Campbell is doing and that the Bears obviously clearly value him.

I also loved the part where he talks about his next gig, he isn't limiting his view to just a de facto personnel guy. He wants to embrace the big picture. Thats precisely what I expect out of a GM candidate. Not a ego driven person obsessed with putting thier fingerprint directly on the roster.

My Smith preference is growing.
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thunderspirit wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:03 am
G08 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:32 pm He left the Texans to be with his wife, who eventually succumbed to cancer. Sad story.

That being said, after reading this article I feel like he might have kind of, sort of, turned into a bit of a weirdo:

https://theathletic.com/1596742/2020/02 ... -his-life/
Losing a spouse like that will change people. I know it would change me. Dunno if that makes him weird, or would make weird(er), to be fair.

His expressed philosophy on onboarding rookies is an interesting one, though.
No I get it but I will be honest in just reading how he spoke and his philosophies etc, it came off as a touch eccentric. I am saying this as a selfish, piece of shit Bears fan and not as a regular human being.
“You don’t go through the experience I just went through and come out on the other side the same,” he says. “It’s a transformational experience. My thought process, my self-awareness, all is exponentially better. I have a new perspective on almost everything, and it enhances all the skills I had before. I have a more global perspective. I have a richer view of life that will enhance whatever I do.”

That includes how he parents, how he takes care of himself, and maybe, how he will run a football team.

...

“We spend so much time, resources, energy, attention on draft evaluation,” he says. “We have huge dossiers on these players, where they are from, how they learn, personal lives, social skill set, scores, their history, everything. After the draft, all that information about that player we learned doesn’t get integrated into his onboarding. I think that’s a mistake. You can onboard players and utilize all that information to put a plan together that gives them a chance to give them a better chance to be a better man, better member of the organization, and a better football player. There is a holistic approach to player development we are missing.”
Again, as a selfish, piece of shit Bears fan I don't need "a better man, better member of the organization". I want to fucking win and that means make them the best possible player on the field. We already tried the "everyone hold hands in the shower and sing kumbaya" with Trestman and it failed miserably.
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I like the fact that he has prior experience in the job. The existing model of hiring someone who will grow into the job is clearly not working. This may be because there is no one at Halas Hall to smooth the transition, Ted is first and last a number cruncher and George apparently spends his work days wandering Halas Hall with a big red nose and floppy shoes.

This guy has been there and done that. He doesn't have a perfect resume (not many Theo Epsteins out there after all) but it does sound like he has given some thought to his life and drawn some conclusions. He will make some mistakes and hopefully learn from them.

This could prove to be a welcome change from past hires who seemed incapable of making adjustments to strategies that were clearly not working.

This guy feels more like Jim Finks and less like Phil Emery.
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@d@dave99 I do like that he has experience and that he wants to set a vision for the franchise.

He's also "only" 50 years old and has some hits on his draft record.
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He had a lot of first round hits, but a lot of his later round stuff was nothing to write home about. Not a lot of value in there.
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Bears Whiskey Nut wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:23 am He had a lot of first round hits, but a lot of his later round stuff was nothing to write home about. Not a lot of value in there.
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G08 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:32 pm He left the Texans to be with his wife, who eventually succumbed to cancer. Sad story.

That being said, after reading this article I feel like he might have kind of, sort of, turned into a bit of a weirdo:

https://theathletic.com/1596742/2020/02 ... -his-life/
We must've read different articles, because it felt to me like he'd simply become more introspective.

And I wholeheartedly agree with him when he says "There is a holistic approach to player development we are missing.”
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Smith is in my top 5 for sure
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G08 wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:07 am
thunderspirit wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 12:03 am

Losing a spouse like that will change people. I know it would change me. Dunno if that makes him weird, or would make weird(er), to be fair.

His expressed philosophy on onboarding rookies is an interesting one, though.
No I get it but I will be honest in just reading how he spoke and his philosophies etc, it came off as a touch eccentric. I am saying this as a selfish, piece of shit Bears fan and not as a regular human being.
“You don’t go through the experience I just went through and come out on the other side the same,” he says. “It’s a transformational experience. My thought process, my self-awareness, all is exponentially better. I have a new perspective on almost everything, and it enhances all the skills I had before. I have a more global perspective. I have a richer view of life that will enhance whatever I do.”

That includes how he parents, how he takes care of himself, and maybe, how he will run a football team.

...

“We spend so much time, resources, energy, attention on draft evaluation,” he says. “We have huge dossiers on these players, where they are from, how they learn, personal lives, social skill set, scores, their history, everything. After the draft, all that information about that player we learned doesn’t get integrated into his onboarding. I think that’s a mistake. You can onboard players and utilize all that information to put a plan together that gives them a chance to give them a better chance to be a better man, better member of the organization, and a better football player. There is a holistic approach to player development we are missing.”
Again, as a selfish, piece of shit Bears fan I don't need "a better man, better member of the organization". I want to fucking win and that means make them the best possible player on the field. We already tried the "everyone hold hands in the shower and sing kumbaya" with Trestman and it failed miserably.
I think you're misreading/over-reading it mostly. How you handle player development outside the gridiron doesn't have to impact the way you play the game between the hashes.

I'll use an analogy.

I think everyone knows the story about Richard Dent. Coming out of college he was not the weight he needed to be to be successful. Someone at the Bears found out he had issues with his teeth that were related to his issues putting on weight as his teeth always hurt. They fixed it. He put on weight. He's a HOF.

Now today's athletes are as physically well cared for coming in then they ever have been. While I'm sure there are still physical development edges to be gained, if no one else truely is focused on whole development, you potentially gain a competitive edge to perhaps pursue guys with mental/emotional issues other teams red flag. Or even for guys with no obvious red flags, your whole development may drive their physical development.

To me it really trends well with my issues in that everyone is so hyperfocused on talent acquisition. Let's pull up their draft history. Let's see how they signed in FA. All that stuff. If I have a A+ talent evaluator who is a D and F in all aspects, I will fail. This GM hire is bigger than a talent scout. I have zero doubt there's plenty of brilliant talent eyes already in the building. The key is unlocking the complete picture.
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wab wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:01 am
G08 wrote: Tue Jan 11, 2022 11:32 pm He left the Texans to be with his wife, who eventually succumbed to cancer. Sad story.

That being said, after reading this article I feel like he might have kind of, sort of, turned into a bit of a weirdo:

https://theathletic.com/1596742/2020/02 ... -his-life/
We must've read different articles, because it felt to me like he'd simply become more introspective.

And I wholeheartedly agree with him when he says "There is a holistic approach to player development we are missing.”
Don't get me wrong, I like him, but I am getting a weird "kumbaya" vibe from that article.
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The Cooler King wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 10:37 am
G08 wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:07 am

No I get it but I will be honest in just reading how he spoke and his philosophies etc, it came off as a touch eccentric. I am saying this as a selfish, piece of shit Bears fan and not as a regular human being.



Again, as a selfish, piece of shit Bears fan I don't need "a better man, better member of the organization". I want to fucking win and that means make them the best possible player on the field. We already tried the "everyone hold hands in the shower and sing kumbaya" with Trestman and it failed miserably.
I think you're misreading/over-reading it mostly. How you handle player development outside the gridiron doesn't have to impact the way you play the game between the hashes.

I'll use an analogy.

I think everyone knows the story about Richard Dent. Coming out of college he was not the weight he needed to be to be successful. Someone at the Bears found out he had issues with his teeth that were related to his issues putting on weight as his teeth always hurt. They fixed it. He put on weight. He's a HOF.

Now today's athletes are as physically well cared for coming in then they ever have been. While I'm sure there are still physical development edges to be gained, if no one else truely is focused on whole development, you potentially gain a competitive edge to perhaps pursue guys with mental/emotional issues other teams red flag. Or even for guys with no obvious red flags, your whole development may drive their physical development.

To me it really trends well with my issues in that everyone is so hyperfocused on talent acquisition. Let's pull up their draft history. Let's see how they signed in FA. All that stuff. If I have a A+ talent evaluator who is a D and F in all aspects, I will fail. This GM hire is bigger than a talent scout. I have zero doubt there's plenty of brilliant talent eyes already in the building. The key is unlocking the complete picture.
I guess this is where my "selfish, piece of shit Bears fan" comment comes into play. I don't care if they're good people, I want the best football player on the field period. If he's nuts, if he kicks puppies (personally I'd rip his head off for that), I don't care. In my football world, I'll put winning above everything (it's gross. I know.)

Now, if there is some evidence that this holistic approach does create a better product/player on the field, then I'm all for it. I'm just not sure how that would supersede weight lifting, watching tape etc etc.
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Because players aren't robots? They're humans with multi faceted needs and the investment is trivial in the grand scheme of things. It isn't a detraction of other areas.

You're putting your own kumbaya biases into this I think. It's about finding competitive edges, not pushing an agenda. Whether it's proven? Well no, probably not proven. Probably anecdotal reliant at this stage. But if there are proven areas the Bears aren't gonna gain an edge there. The Bears need to find a competetive edge, even if that means exploring untapped and unproven areas.

The key is to be an analytically driven organization that can try something and tests its impact. Its the Rams putting fitness trackers on everyone and figuring out that "oh rest days help". It's not pushing an agenda.

Going back to the article, teams already do a treasure trove of interpersonal type research about players. They just aren't even really attempting to use all that data, according to Smith. That is so terribly inefficient to his point in thst article.
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The Cooler King wrote: Wed Jan 12, 2022 11:03 am Because players aren't robots? They're humans with multi faceted needs and the investment is trivial in the grand scheme of things. It isn't a detraction of other areas.

You're putting your own kumbaya biases into this I think. It's about finding competitive edges, not pushing an agenda. Whether it's proven? Well no, probably not proven. Probably anecdotal reliant at this stage. But if there are proven areas the Bears aren't gonna gain an edge there. The Bears need to find a competetive edge, even if that means exploring untapped and unproven areas.

The key is to be an analytically driven organization that can try something and tests its impact. Its the Rams putting fitness trackers on everyone and figuring out that "oh rest days help". It's not pushing an agenda.

Going back to the article, teams already do a treasure trove of interpersonal type research about players. They just aren't even really attempting to use all that data, according to Smith. That is so terribly inefficient to his point in thst article.
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