Last night, Bill Belichick addressed the Johnny Manziel scouting report that we leaked online. One thing you’ll notice is that the Patriots head coach did not deny the report’s validity.
Via It Is What It Is:
“Well, with all due respect, I hate to admit this, but I don’t think I’ve been online in a couple days or weeks or whatever, so that’s not really an important thing to me,” he said. “I don’t even know what’s online, and what isn’t online, but I would say we probably have — I can’t even imagine — 10,000 pages of information. That’s a lot of information. There’s no way I’d sit up here and tell you that I’ve read it all. I’ve read a fraction of it, but we have a ton of information on all the players that are in the draft. What’s online, you should go talk to the geniuses that are online. I don’t know. MyFace, YourFace, InstantFace, go talk to whoever you want that does that stuff. I don’t know.”
So where does this leave us?
It leaves us with Scouting Report Truthers on our front lawn trying to piss holes in the report’s validity. I understand the doubt. A site named BroBible isn’t supposed to obtain this kind of information. When we do, people automatically assume it’s fake. So why don’t we go ahead and list all the reasons people think the document is a fabrication. It’ll be a fun, cathartic exercise and we’ll all be better off for having had the experience.
The logo is old. You’ve got me there. It is old. They changed the logo in July 2013, which is after this document was originally created. Dismissing it as a valid document based on that makes complete sense, too, because the first thing an NFL scout probably does when such a monumental organizational switch that has no bearing on his job occurs, is put a halt to scouting and go through all of his existing templates and documents to swap out the logo.
Kliff Kingsbury is the coach of Texas Tech so the report is OBVIOUSLY bullshit. Yes, he is. Congratulations on another astute observation. Kingsbury is mentioned in the report, because he was also the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M in 2012, the year Manziel won the Heisman and year in which the scouting report mentions him.
The Patriots official draft grades look different and more in-depth than those purported on the leaked report. We never claimed the report was their FINAL DRAFT GRADE of Manziel. He visited New England in April, that information is no where on the document. Nor is anything after October of 2013. As Belichick said, “we have a ton of information on all the players that are in the draft.” Is it plausible that this is one piece of the final puzzle, from one scout’s computer, that went into Manziel’s final draft grade? We think so. Primarily because the unchangeable file path of the source document told us so.
We paid $5,000 for the report. We did not. In fact, the email sent to Barstool claiming we offered that amount was sent to them four hours before we ever made an offer, and two hours before we even knew the report was being shopped around.
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