Secret for prospects to impress Browns coach is in the cards
Considering some of the nutty questions and requests that are sometimes asked of draft prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine, the use of a deck of cards by Browns offensive line coach Bob Wylie isn’t too outrageous.
But it is unique, and after former Indiana guard Dan Feeney mentioned Wylie’s card game at the combine, the coach on Thursday got a chance to explain his method, which he called the MRT test in detail.
“So you take cards, 1 through 9, I just use a deck of cards because it’s easy and everyone thinks I was doing magic tricks, I wasn’t,” Wylie said. “You take a deck of cards and you put the numbers face up, three across the top, however order you want to put them in, then the player or the prospect, he has to remember the numbers in so many seconds, say it’s 15 seconds, and then I turn them face down. Then I tell them, pick up all the even cards, low to high. Pick up all the odd cards, high to low. Pick up two cards that equal to six. Pick up another two cards that equal to six. Pick up three cards that equal to 11.”
According to Wylie, a prospect’s performance with the cards correlates to how well, and how quickly, they can process information on a football field. If the prospect fails the exercise badly enough, “the red flag goes up,” Wylie said.
“A lot of the colleges run those spread offenses, they’ve got four running plays and two protections, well, they get it done,” Wylie said. “Over here, we may have 21 protections and 25 runs and the defense has 17 different coverages they’re showing you in one game, so it’s a little different. That’s what that was for.”
Philip Rivers was the last man off the field he’s known since being drafted in 2004.
“I had sweaty hands and was nervous before practice,” Rivers said, via the team’s official website. “I was like, ‘What is wrong with me?!’ I’m going into the last minicamp practice in year 14, and here I am nervous before going out there. It was a little bit ridiculous. But it was because of that.”
With the end of minicamp, the Chargers will move up Interstate 5 to Los Angeles, where they will play at StubHub Stadium in Carson, California, until the new stadium is ready in Inglewood.
The Chargers had been in San Diego since 1961. For Rivers, it’s the only professional home he’s known, but he can only look forward to the new scenery, noting all things “come to an end at some point”
“It is only right for me to be fired up to go up there, and know that everyone up there [in L.A.] is going to get the same guy that I’ve been here for the last 13 years,” he said.
The elongated departure is another reminder how much the move stinks for San Diego fans, especially those who continue to support a team moving out of town.
“The fans have been so supportive since I’ve been here,” Rivers said, via the L.A. Daily News. “I’m going to miss the place.”
The Chargers will hold training camp in Costa Mesa. Dates in late July have yet to be announced.