What You Won’t Learn About the NFL Through Mass Media: RSP Scout Talk with Russ Lande and Matt Waldman

What You Won’t Learn About the NFL Through Mass Media: RSP Scout Talk with Russ Lande and Matt Waldman

Montreal Alouettes’ head of scouting Russ Lande and the RSP’s Matt Waldman delivers a must-listen episode devoted to separating the reality from the myths about preseason buzz, free agent additions, draft capital and gamesmanship among teammates competing for NFL jobs.

If you want to gain valuable perspective on how the league operates and understand the details that you miss from mass-media coverage of OTAs, training camps, preseason games, and depth chart movement, this is a must-listen episode of Scout Talk.

There’s a ton of great information here that ranges from broad thoughts about teams to specifics about current players:

  • Why offseason drum beats don’t matter unless those beats form a specific and discernable rhythm
    • Skylar Thompson as a great example.
    • Romeo Doubs as a positive example but with typical issues to address and a Davante Adams story that fits into the equation.
  • Player Fit: Trey Sermon in San Francisco vs. Philly
    • Why Sermon never fit in Kyle Shanahan’s system.
    • The type of backs Shanahan seeks vs what they thought they could change with Sermon.
    • Why Philly is a good fit in theory but why talent takes a back seat for now.
  • Draft Capital: The Hidden Advantage of a High-Round Draft Pick
    • Why, for good and bad seasons, team management holds a clear bias with early-round picks.
    • Why late-round picks with more talent than early-round players often fall through the cracks.
    • Melvin Gordon, A.J. Quigley, and why reliability can supersede talent for system-leaning coaches.
  • Gamesmanship: We hear great narratives about veterans helping young players. But…
    • We don’t hear about veterans at the end of careers who need the money, getting into the heads of teammates to take their jobs.
    • Ty’Son Williams rise and quick fall as a potential example.

This is an advanced class for football operations perspective. Appointment listening.

And of course, if you want to know about the rookies from this draft class, you will find the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), with the 2022 Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95. 

Matt’s new RSP Dynasty Rankings and Two-Year Projections Package is available for $24.95

If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  

If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2020 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.  

Best yet, proceeds from sales are set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse of children. 


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