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Devaney: Intangibles the key to avoiding another Ryan Leaf

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by CoronaDoug, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Devaney: Intangibles the key to avoiding another Ryan Leaf

    Posted by Michael David Smith on April 12, 2010 9:13 AM ET
    St. Louis Rams General Manager Billy Devaney was the director of player personnel for the San Diego Chargers when they drafted Ryan Leaf in 1998. He doesn't want to make that mistake again.

    And so, Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he's learned a lesson that with quarterbacks, you're not going to succeed in the NFL "If you don't have the intangibles to play that position."

    With the Rams now 10 days away from an NFL draft in which they're expected to select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford first overall, Devaney sounds like a man who has made up his mind about whether Bradford can make all the throws, but wants to make sure Bradford can deal with all the other aspects of being a franchise quarterback.

    "To me, the physical skills are almost the easy part now [in evaluating] these kids," Devaney said. "There's so much that goes into being a quarterback in the NFL. The work ethic that you have to have. The leadership. The time that you put in. The media scrutiny. If you can't handle all that stuff, you're going to have a hard time performing on the field."


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  2. Rainman

    Rainman BoltTalker

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    It's a real day-brightener that the Rams, and Devaney, are in a position to benefit from the horrific Leaf experience in San Diego. [​IMG]
     
  3. DenverBolt67

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    When you rely strictly on athleticism and talent, and not look any deeper, teams end up with guys like Cro with a 1st round pick.
     
  4. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    :popcorn::popcorn:
     
  5. coachmarkos

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    Colt McCoy in the 2nd?
     
  6. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    thats what id pull as the rams:yes::yes:
     
  7. foober

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    yep, they'd be way smart to get suh with the 1st pick and then mccoy with their 2nd. I noticed the rams had mccoy in for a workout. So maybe that organization does have a brain.

    Though I hope the media keeps hyping the qb's in this draft so that the really good players get pushed down so we can have a chance to get them.
     
  8. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Why is R*** L*** allowed through the word filters??

    :icon_evil::icon_evil::icon_evil:
     
  9. Zeus

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    You have to be careful. The more gifted a QB is the more you have to check to see if he relied on it too much.

    JR relied on his team and his arm too much. VY relied on his mobility too much. They both never really learned the game of football because they didn't have to.

    Brees is a short QB. He had to put more effort in. Peyton Manning is a slow QB and a big student of the game.

    Your not just looking for the strongest, tallest, fastest, your looking for guys who put the work in plain and simple.
     
  10. Buck Melanoma

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    Good question. :icon_evil:
     

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