I agree, we do not need Thursday night football. And it's easy to imagine why the football is substandard. You have players who play a professional game on Sunday with all the beating that comes with that. Then they have to practice right away on Monday and Tuesday and then travel on Wednesday. I'm guessing they might get one short limited practice in on Wednesday or Thursday morning but that's it.
Oh and during all of this chaos they are suppose to watch film both collectively and individually.
Oh and do all of that without wearing down your body, your mind, and still getting the proper amount of sleep.
Yep, they're shocked because they make the mistake of assigning validity to all the
mock drafts and use them as a reference point for who dropped or was a reach.
For instance, I'm seeing mocks with Simmons at #3 to DET. I'd be less shocked to see
him fall out of the top-10 than to see him go at #3.
I did a little digging and found this, which confirms your post on when we last picked in the top 10. Been a long time since we've had a chance to draft a real blue chip player.
I wouldn't mind Rivers, he is on the downside but he is still very talented and very knowledgeable. But you have to wonder, does he want to mentor and train his replacement? Maybe that is why SD decided not to try to sign him, because he didn't want to mentor the two guys behind him.