Reads Listens Views 10/24/2014

Waterfall blowing upward in England (gif from Tested Sifter)
Waterfall blowing upward in England (gif from Tested Sifter)

The Lullaby Project, Reception Perception, Sonic Tonic,  Lance Zierlein, and Smart Football’s Career Epitaph for June Jones.

What is Reads Listens Views?

If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome.  I post links on Fridays to content I’m saving for later consumption or pieces that I found compelling. You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.

Views – Lego Football Factory

The next project that Fantasy Throwdown Mike MacGregor & Son will be undertaking in their basement.

Listens-The Lullaby Project – René Marie

RSP Film Room: “Tackle Fest” w/Lance Zierlein

Lance Zierlein gave an absolute clinic on offensive line play when he broke down the game of OT Brandon Scherff. Points of discussion from these shows include:

  • Why technique is so important to understand when evaluating players.
  • The why and how of having flat feet when delivering a punch.
  • Why tackles don’t want to “open the door” too early against edge rushers.
  • Why you shouldn’t draw too many conclusions from one bad rep or a bad game.
  • Reading stunts.
  • What is good one-arm technique in pass protection?
  • Examples of how linemen work in concern on pass protection and run blocking schemes.
  • Why size and strength matter so much for NFL linemen.
  • What is coachable about Scherff’s game?
  • Zierlein’s mini scouting report on Scherff.
  • Which current NFL players are good examples of players with strong technique.

For a complete list of RSP Film Room episodes, check out this page.

Download the 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio + Post-Draft Update!

Friday’s are also my chance to thank you for reading my work, encourage you to follow the RSP blog, and download the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication.

The 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio Post-Draft Add-On is ready for download.  If you’re in a dynasty league, the combination of the 2014 RSP and the RSP Post-Draft will have you prepared for this year and beyond. Want details? Need details? I have ’em right here:

  • 84 pages
  • How to use the RSP and RSP-Post Draft together
  • Overrated/Underrated
  • Good/Bad post-draft fits
  • UDFAs to watch
  • Long-term dynasty waiver wire gems
  • Strategic overview of 2014 rookie drafts
  • Tiered Value Chart Cheat Sheet across all positions
  • Post-Draft rankings analysis and commentary–including notes about impending contracts years of competition on the depth charts
  • Average Draft Position (ADP) Data of 19 dynasty drafts
  • RSP Ranking-to-ADP Value Data
  • Raw Data Worksheets to continue calculating additional ADP data for future drafts

Hell, take a video tour of the 2013 post-draft to see what I mean:

Seriously, this analysis is worth the price of the 2014 RSP package alone, but you get this as a part of your purchase with the 2014 RSP. Remember 10 percent of each sale is donated to Darkness to Light to prevent sexual abuse in communities across the United States. While that alone should get you to download the RSP package, do it because you will be blown away with the detail and insight of the analysis and content. It’s why the RSP has grown so much in the past nine years.

Best yet, 10 percent of each RSP sale is donated to Darkness to Light, a non-profit devoted to preventing and addressing sexual abuse through community training in schools, religious groups, and a variety of civic groups across the U.S.

Download the 2014 RSP and RSP Post-Draft here

In Case You Missed It/Coming Soon

Listens – Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Max Roach, and Carlos Santana

Reads/Views (Football)

Listens – Christian McBride Band with David Gilmore: “Sonic Tonic”

You’ll have to click the link on the message to go to YouTube to watch, but I enjoyed it enough to put it here anyway.

Views – Dog and Jaguar Are Best Friends


Reads (Life In General)


Views – Every Frame A Painting: The Silence of the Lambs – Who Wins the Scene

This series is becoming a favorite of mine, fast. Ryan Riddle, you’ll love this . . .

Listens – J.J. Johnson Quintet playing Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa”

Listens – David Gilmore, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Will Calhoun

Listens – Jamaaladeen Tacuma-Jean Paul Bourelly – Brotherzone Live – Universal Love

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