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“Their philosophy was the way I was raised,” Gettleman said Monday. “Height, weight, speed are important, but not the end-all, be-all. It truly was about evaluating the guy as a potential prospect and player.”

BLESTO was founded in the 1960s and is an acronym for “Bears, Lions, Eagles and Steelers Talent Organization.” The Bears and Eagles have since left BLESTO, which now is comprised of eight teams: Carolina, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Washington, Detroit, Minnesota and the New York Giants.


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Inb4 Brandin Cooks c'mon down

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Had no idea it existed like this, but in GMan I trust.
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This isn't all that surprising. Gettleman has worked within and with BLESTO for pretty much his entire career. It's his comfort zone. 

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Combine and dtaft. Can't wait.

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We're the only one that made the playoffs out of that bunch
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Dumb question perhaps but why can't you be part of both?

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BLESTO is what the Giants use. I think Gettleman worked for them at one point.

Doesn't necessarily mean we fired any scouts or anything. May not be huge, but could conceivably signal to those who were hoping for other changes that they may see some.

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We're the only one that made the playoffs out of that bunch

 

Yeah, but all those teams save Jacksonville have pretty decent talent. Coaching not so much. The scouting conglomerates aren't everything though, it's just a resource. Teams employ their own scouting team groups and do their own independent analysis. The National and BLESTO are basically just huge databases of scouting analysis that's shared with the group teams. 

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We're the only one that made the playoffs out of that bunch


Yeah, that's not exactly an exciting bunch to be with.
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I hope we didn't get rid of any scouts. Because that would be a stupid move.

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I definitely like the sound of the BLESTO philosophy better (i.e. performance over measurables).
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Gettleman was a scout for years.  I trust that he knows what he's doing in that department.  I wouldn't worry so much about the other teams using this firm.  You can give decision makers the best information in the world, but it doesn't amount to a hill of beans if they don't listen to it.

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This can be nothing but good news as far as im concerned. We may now see some of those late round gems fall our way. Dare i say maybe a second round-third round pick pan out?

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I like this move. How many guys did we waste picks on under the previous GM picking based on "potential?" Armanti Edwards anyone?

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Can't say a look at the list of the other teams that do this thrills me any..

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This isn't all that surprising. Gettleman has worked within and with BLESTO for pretty much his entire career. It's his comfort zone. 

agreed and it was only a matter of time. in fact i kind of expected it earlier than this but i think it was just a matter of him wanting to give national scouting a chance before switching.

 

i like that it's happening.

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This only makes sense. As Gettleman knows the tendencies of BLESTO, he can better analyze, and/or make the decisions on certain players. IE: He has a better feel. With National, not so much; presuming. 

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agreed and it was only a matter of time. in fact i kind of expected it earlier than this but i think it was just a matter of him wanting to give national scouting a chance before switching.

i like that it's happening.


Does your gut tell you this is an isolated move or a first move with others to come?

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We're the only one that made the playoffs out of that bunch

 

True. But the Steelers and Giants have each won two Super Bowls in the past 10 years. Success in scouting cannot be determined buy looking through a microscope at a single season. These organizations collect info but it is still up to the team to make a decision with it.

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Does your gut tell you this is an isolated move or a first move with others to come?

 

i think there will be others to come, but no sweeping changes all at once. there may be a couple changes to the scouting and personnel office, but most everything will continue with who we have, only with a lot more education. i think those who get replaced will be those who have trouble adjusting to the new philosophy. 

 

i am just curious to see who we bring in for visits.

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Dumb question perhaps but why can't you be part of both?

 

Good question.

 

Basically nobody hires two independent vendors. Whether it is your accountant or a marketing firm or a defense firm you pick one. Not only would it be doubly expensive but usually the vendor would insist on being a sole pick.

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The key to understanding this is understanding what an organization like blesto does. They provide baseline scouting info on underclassmen to be used as a foundation for scouting the seniors and likely draft candidates for the following season.

 

http://www.draftdaddy.com/features/blesto.htm

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This won't make a huge difference except in making G-man more comfortable.  It's like he's going from Windows to Mac. 

 

I would bet that if you take 10 random draft picks and look at the reports from each of them they'll be very similar.  With Gettleman history with BLESTRO he can probably pick up the phone and talk to any scout they have directly.  He's got a history with them and that's more important then the service they're providing comparable to National.  

 

I wouldn't be surprised if Gettleman talked to some of those guys last year.  It was just too last to really switch.

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