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Does the 40 yard dash time really matter when it comes to a wide receiver in the nfl?


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#37 Zod

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:35 PM

They should make them run in pads

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:52 PM

To me 40 yard dashes only matter for deep threats if you asking to run all the way out and we gonna throw it deep to you. We have Gettis for that. What's the percentage of those working in the playoffs though


lol ask Joe Flacco how that worked for him

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:49 PM

Huddle Crazy example # 4,456: "we got a speed-Deep threat in a WR that has only really been good for a total of three games in his career" "we are fine there..no need at WR." -Referring to David Gettis...

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:52 PM

Not only is the 40 time deceptive, but the raw speed it is meant to measure is generally pointless.

It is done without pads or a helmet so it does a poor job at mimicking game pace. Also how often do players get to run 40 yards without having to make any cuts or moves? That's a pretty rare occurrence. Sure it makes sense for guys who are going to be returning kickoffs and punts and maybe deep ball receivers, but even for them that is rare.



Pretty much. Precious little in the combine means anything at all as far as performance on a football field. The combine is pointless really, it meant something 30 years ago when every team didn't know everything about every player. In the computer/internet age the combine is archaic. It has some benefit for sure but the tests and measurements are silly.

The NFL is so hidebound and slow to change that it's comical. For years the powers in the NFL poo poo'd college/spread offenses, now they all incorporate it to some degree. Only in the last few years has the NFL let go of the ingrained prototype of the NFL quarterback. You know, they have to be 6 feet x inches tall and weigh x pounds, be a pocket passer and come from a college program that runs a pro set. Stupid, stupid poo that everybody but the NFL knew was wrong. The list goes on and on but the dog and pony show that is the combine keeps on keeping on.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:56 PM

hasn't there been a few olympic athletes who have tried to transfer their game to the NFL and failed?

just sayin....

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

I wish they made them run it in football gear.
I want to know their on field speed.


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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:39 PM

I heard one of the former GM's say that the combine for him was always about 10% of the weight they put into a player. So I would not think a guy running a 4.5 but having great film hurt himself, likewise, a 4.4 guy who sucks on tape cannot help himself a lot

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:47 PM

This debate comes up every year, and not just in this forum.

I don't ever see it going away.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

Is that a real gif of Harbaugh watching Te'o?

If so, awesome.



No wonder he ran so bad, that looks like someone in high school running their first 40. No head down drive at the begining, terrible technique, he might actually be able to get a 4.6ish if he learned how to run it correctly.....still a headcase though.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:00 PM

They should make them run in pads

this, kinda.......


the 40 yrd dash in some ways IMO is one of the most overrated things in the NFL Combine, no player is going to run as fast or the same in pads, and they also usually don't only run 40 yrds heck LB'ers never run 40 yrds in the NFL unless there has been a broken play, in which case they will probably get burned anyways.

I would like to know if Thomas Davis has a good 40 time right now, I doubt it but still a hell of a player regardless of what his 40 is.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:06 AM

Thomas Davis is still one of the fastest Panthers.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:19 AM

I'd rather them run the 40 out of a football stance and in pads rather than out of a track stance in shorts and a t-shirt. But yeah, straight line 40 yard speed out of a track stance with no interference doesn't really translate to a football game.