Things move slowly, meaning that things that wouldn’t hit the radar screen when things aren’t moving slowly, otherwise make a splash.
Here is something that has struck a chord.
In response to the nonsensical “Baby Gronk”[ads1]; phenomenon, Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy posted a lengthy tweet aimed at making the point that preparing a kid to play pro football at a young age doesn’t matter. That ultimately it’s about being big and strong and fast and willing to run full speed into other football players — and the development of these skills is irrelevant to any amount of training during childhood.
“If you’re none of those things, good luck,” Nagy concluded. “It rarely matters when you start looking after your children.”
Nagy’s opinion is relevant for some positions. For others, like the quarterback, a sudden growth spurt or some fluke event that gives the player a rocket arm overnight won’t really matter if the player has little or no experience reading defenses, processing information before and during the game, studying playbooks and film, and/or leading other footballers.