Thursday, March 4, 2010

The NFL Video Guy at the Combine

There may be no tougher job during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis than that of each team's video director. This Midwestern city in February doesn't allow for many recreational options, yet the demands the league puts on them doesn't give this crew much time to either explore or enjoy over their ten day span.

After arriving on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are spent in their own meetings. Topics will range from Internet exchange, acquiring video from the colleges through the dub center, as well as staying up to date with the latest technology with demonstrations from many vendors.
Video Directors from the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills are among those in charge of organizing and conducting the meetings. At this moment, myself as well as the video coordinators of the Wisconsin Badgers and Virginia Cavaliers addressed the NFL staffs and answered questions regarding college video and sending it to the Dub Center.
While the video directors meet, the NFL's competition committee meets in the adjacent room. Here Marvin Lewis takes a break before joining fellow head coach Jeff Fisher to discuss, among other items, the current over time rule.
Once meetings conclude their attention turns to Lucas Oil Stadium and setting up for the NFL Combine drills. Each team is responsible for bringing their own equipment and shooting either drills or interviews, or assist with the organization of the video. Each player that attends the combine is video taped and then will have their own reel featuring their talents from the weekend.

The NFL Combine brings out all who are affiliated with the NFL. John Madden comes to town early and is found walking around the lobby of the Westin.

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