I've seen plenty of draft scenarios, and was all ready to throw one at you guys tonight, but then I had to work too late to do the proper research for the trade(s) I would look at for it, so it'll have to wait til tomorrow (daughter has Soccer practice, so maybe Thursday.)
There was a slow-pitch softball interview on the Freep today that I think little nicky did. It was mostly obvious jargon and fluff, but I did like one thing Bill Jr had to say:
“I think our scouts have a much clearer idea now exactly what Rod’s looking for, and I think last year they started to get it. But Rod’s spent a lot of time with (director of college scouting) Scott McEwen and the scouts, as have his coaches, delineating exactly the football skills and the character that he expects and wants, and I think it makes the scouts’ job a lot easier. I think Rod’s first year it was less precise. They didn’t know Rod that well; he didn’t know them. I think this year we’re very prepared.”
He also hinted that although Millen has the final say, Rod has gotten everyone in the organization - Millen included - to buy into his vision. Millen may be in charge, but Rod is the visionary guiding the ship. (Wow. Just had a crazy thought. I'll come back to this below. ) Also, the conjecture I made earlier about Rod having more time with the scouting staff, and them having time to find players that will fit Rod's mentality -- instead of level 10 talent who play at about a 7 due to character, guys who have a 7 talent who play at a 9 level each and every snap. What would you rather have a team full of?? They know what he is looking for now, and have had time to find it.
My interesting thought: I am a very good salesperson, mainly due to being able to communicate complicated concepts to people in ways they will understand. I have also been in my field for quite a while (over 10 years) and have wanted to be in this field since I was 15. So as I went through college, and poured coffee and made copies in a suit and tie at a large insurance agency at $5.15 and hour, I always was looking for ideas and concepts that worked, and ones that didn't, and always looking for new ways to improve on existing ideas or trends. In other words, I am a student of my profession. I love what I do with a passion. But I am also a teacher. I enjoy bringing out the same dedication I have to insurance in others. I've been on many levels, from managing a sales team, to being a one man sole proprietor.
I have a vision of what I think an insurance agency should do, how it should operate, from administration to sales, to advertising -- all levels. But I'm a better second banana. I make things happen -- I can teach, and get others to share my vision. My boss shares my vision. He makes the final call, and he runs the business side of things (corporate meetings, budgets, taxes, etc.) that I do NOT like to do. I want to be out in the trenches talking with customers, and making things go. So while I do not have the final say to do everything as I please, I don't have to. Everyone is one with my vision of our office, and it has led us to great results so far. It started slow (things were pretty messy when I got there), but now things are really rolling. Funny background is, that while my boss is well versed in business and investments, he had been in insurance for only about a year when I came on. I was able to use my knowledge to make his business run better -- to become successful, which is really what he wanted. (Read: Millen -- Marinelli)
When my brother and I were kids, he would have some sort of general idea, and I come up with a way to make the idea happen - expanding it along the way. I think Millen just wants to prove he can build a team that can win - and win big -- And I think Rod shown him a way he can enthusiastically support all out to make it happen. He knew what he wanted, and now believes that Rod has shown him how.
I only give all this story tonight because now I think you can see why I really like coach Rod. I've got a lot of the same personality. I can teach an average salesperson how to be good, and a good one how to be great -- but I can't really do much with a potentially great salesperson who won't listen, won't learn, and tries to coast on natural ability. I can get way more production out of the first two people than I can the third -- because they are willing to listen, and work. (The Lions have been drafting mostly people from the 3rd category before Marinelli -- not it is changing.) That is what Marinelli believes -- and that is what he has taught the scouting department to believe, and what the whole organization is coming to believe. Marinelli doesn't need to have the final say when everyone is buying into what he's selling -- because he won't need to. They will give him what he needs because it has become what they want too.