Thread: Confirmed with Link: John Madden joins scouting staff
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09-09-2012, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike8 View Post
I agree with your point in general, but the key difference here is that Madden, presumably, understands the NCAA game a whole lot better than most former players (even former NCAA players) since he went through the entire four years there. He also likely has more contacts, which are instrumental for scouts at that level.

Even if he winds up being a poor to average talent evaluator, his contacts and regular presence beats a good talent evaluator. Theoretically, Timmins could scout X player for a couple of games, realise he's a good talent, dispatch a regional amateur scout + Madden to confirm his evaluation, then have Madden follow up to close the deal, so to speak.
Exactly.

Or if Madden is pimping up one player in particular, the organization dispatches Timmins to go watch some games for the "final stamp" of approval on any deal. Anyone in here dismissing Madden would surely approve any signing that has the blessing of Timmins?

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