Originally written April 01, 2013 on BlackSportsOnline:
Quick who is Nolan Nawrocki? Most of you probably have no idea who he is, others may remember him as the guy who questioned Cam Newton’s smile or RG3′s Football intelligence. 99% of the world doesn’t know any of the Pro Football Weekly’s NFL Scouts. Furthermore, their evaluation of players rarely make any type of headlines. Except when you say something like this. Geno Smith is not a student of the game. Nonchalant field presence — does not command respect from teammates and cannot inspire. Mild practice demeanor — no urgency. Not committed or focused — marginal work ethic. Interviewed poorly at the Combine and did not show an understanding of concepts on the white board. Needed to be coddled in college — cannot handle hard coaching. A cross between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks, Smith is a gimmick, overhyped product of the system lacking the football savvy, work habits and focus to cement a starting job and could drain energy from a QB room. Will be overdrafted and struggle to produce against NFL defensive complexities. I am not a NFL Scout, never claimed to be one, but I can read and as soon as Nawrocki said Geno Smith was a cross between Akili Smith and Aaron Brooks, his intentions became clear as day. It was like finding a murder weapon in somebody’s hand after they killed someone, it became an open and shut case. We are in the AGE OF SKIP MEDIA, where style is more important than substance. Where screaming and yelling, is more revered than being calm and rational. Where hyperbole and bluster rule the day. Where media members are at times, more arrogant than the athletes that they covered. Mr. Nawrocki is no different. I think he believed what he said about Cam Newton, was shocked by the reaction, but the attention was like a drug to him. So he tried it again with RG3 and it became even more addictive. The is Skiptizing a situation.  You beat a topic into the ground, because it gets more ratings, views, readers and etc.  It is why Tebow is still talked about and why there are still debates on 1st Take on if LeBron is “clutch” or not.  Who cares if it doesn’t make any sense, we only care about ratings, Tweets and attention whoring. Mr. Nawrocki was sitting back in his chair thinking, if I say certain “hot button” words about a black quarterback, I will get massive media attention. They teach you this in journalism school, it isn’t what you say, but how you say it. Look at all the HOT BUTTON words, that are secretly veiled stereotypes about black people in general, when Mr. Nawrocki speaks about Geno Smith. Average field vision and coverage recognition. Not a student of the game Nonchalant No urgency Not committed or focused Marginal work ethic Coddled Lacking the football savvy Those are the same type of stereotypes that people have for black men in general.  It wasn’t by accident they were included in Mr. Nawrocki’s review. Mr. Nawrocki is playing you for a fool, he is instigating a debate that has nothing to do with football, but everything to do with him getting media attention.  I guarantee you Mr. Nawrocki’s phone is ringing off the hook from people who want him to come and talk about his evaluation of Smith. Common trick, that is being pulled in this Age of Skip Media. The people who are overly sensitive and like to throw out the race card for everything will immediately go crazy, people who are secretly racist and prejudice will hop on the bandwagon and turn it to something ugly. Meaning Mr. Nawrocki will sit back and enjoy his 15 minutes of fame. Not racist, just brilliant manipulation on how people react to race, especially via social media. Bravo Mr. Nawrocki, you almost had everyone fooled, but you can’t fool me. It might have worked if he had compared Geno Smith to Jeff Garcia (that is who Smith reminds me of, with a bigger arm). That could have been enough deflection to throw people off the trail, but he had to go all in and compare Smith to two random black quarterbacks, who he plays nothing like. That was the mistake that he made. Scouts know nothing, they are just giving opinions.  It is like being a weatherman, you have to know certain things, but in reality you just reading a map and guessing. You can find film on every single game Geno Smith ever played and come to your own conclusions. The point is that players show and prove on the field, not based on what some random scout says. Sorry Mr. Nawrocki I didn’t fall for your banana in the tailpipe, can’t wait to hear with you have to say about Teddy Bridgewater in the future.
PLAYERS: Akili SmithJeff Garcia
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