I started in the scouting business in 1981 working part time as a film grader for the Buffalo Bills. At that time there was no digital tape, everything was on Kodak 16mm film and it could be difficult to watch, especially if the tape had been broken previously and spliced.In the early ’80s, Buffalo was a member of the Quadra Combine, along with Seattle, San Francisco and Dallas. The man who was primarily the head of that Combine, Gil Brandt, had an idea to supplement the scouts’ school reports with film grade reports from part-time guys such as myself. It wasn’t an easy job, as every play of a prospect had to be graded in various categories, including quickness, agility, balance, competitiveness, mental alertness, strength and technique. A report on a single player was four pages long (Thank you, Gil) but it did one thing: Taught me how to scout and view game tape.What I learned was that I had to give an opinion on a player. That opinion was mine. I also learned that the only opinion that mattered was mine because I was going to be graded on what my reports said about a player.Fast-forward to now. I… Read full this story
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