We felt like Sam plus another player was the best approach.
Quotes Bill Parcels: "One person can't do it alone."
He believes in Sam. The hit rate on first round quarterbacks isnt real high... so they took Jaycee Horn. They really approached getting Sam Darnold as if they got a first round talent so they didnt have to look elsewhere.
Every time they watched film (offense and defense scouts saw), he made some big time plays... There has to be some meat on the bones there. Thought he lookd alot like Matt Stafford. They saw enough shining moments. His former teammates and coaches speaks well of him.
Coach Rhule is a Nurture vs Nature- believes we can foster the right coaching / culture environment that will help Sam grow with the rest of the core.
When the Jets interviewed him for the job, they facetimed him Sam. He asked questions about the culture of the team, discipline and accountability. He didnt get the Jets job, but when he got the job at Carolina, he remembered that interaction.
On CMAC- He's at 100%. He's excited and in a good place mentally and physically. Big expectations for him. We want to give him every chance to effect the game, but we want to keep him healthy. Drafting Chuba was a big part of that. We want to be smart about the toll it takes on Christian.
Talked about being the youngest team in the NFL.
Tepper leaves the Football to Rhule and Scott... but he asks great questions. Tepper has a unique eye and a way of seeing things. Talked about diversity of opinion. "When everyone is thinking the same, no one is really thinking."
Tepper calls players on the team when things happen. He knows Rhule's kids by name. He calls staff members when things happen in their family.
Matt Rhule saw Joe Horn in the parking lot and fanned out at JayCee's pro-day.