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MATT BIRK RUMORS & GOSSIP

NFL might do away with 40-yard dash at combine

Could the 40-yard dash become a thing of the past at the NFL Combine? Matt Birk, the NFL's director of player development, hinted at the league making changes to the testing drills that have become a staple to the annual event. "That's a project we'll be working on this offseason," Birk told ESPN on Friday. "Once we look at the data that was gathered in-game this year, it may be...
Via Fox Sports
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Considering Changing Scouting Combine Drills, Including 40-Yard Dash

“What was his 40 time?” At future NFL Scouting Combines, that question might go unanswered. The 40-yard dash highlights several drills that have been staples of the combine at Lucas Oil Stadium for decades, but apparently those drills aren’t set in stone. Speaking at MIT’s annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, former NFL lineman and...
Via NESN.com
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Introducing Combine For Veteran Players This Offseason

It seems as though the National Football League will continue to expand its offseason schedule, this time hosting a second Combine—only this one is for players who are already in the league. According to a memo sent out by NFL director of football development and former Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, the league is set […] NFL Introducing Combine For Veteran Players This Offseason...
Via Steelers Depot
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL will hold combine exclusively for veteran players in March

NFL combines will take on an "older" look when the league adds one for veteran players to go with the massive event it holds for potential draftees. The veterans' combine will take place March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility in Phoenix. That is about one month after the regular combine in Indianapolis for rookies. "This is the natural evolution of our combine series...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL to hold combine for veteran players

The NFL is adding a combine for veteran players to go with the massive event it holds for potential draftees. The veterans' combine will take place March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility in Phoenix. That is about one month after the regular combine in Indianapolis for rookies. Matt Birk, director of football development, told the 32 teams about the new combine Thursday...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Former NFL Center Matt Birk Hired by League in Executive Role

Matt Birk, who played 14 seasons in the NFL and retired following the 2012 campaign, was hired by the NFL as director of player development on Thursday. According to Sporting News, he becomes the eighth former player to land an executive job with the league.  Birk earned six trips to the Pro Bowl in what has to be considered a borderline Hall of Fame career. He also won the Walter...
Via Sportsnaut
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Viking Birk takes NFL office job

Matt Birk's post-playing career is going to keep him in the NFL. The former Minnesota Vikings center who went on to win the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens was named director of football development by the NFL on Thursday. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Birk will "assist in developing the game at all levels of the sport, from players to coaches to front office personnel.  He...
Via Fox Sports North
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 guards and centers in the NFL Draft

I think it’s safe to speak on every Ravens behalf when I say that we all miss Matt Birk. A great deal in fact. Having a top-notch center is crucial and many times overlooked by fans. We went from a skilled veteran in Matt Birk to raw rookie Gino Gradkowski. No knock on the young guy but let’s get real. Some like taking another, higher-rated, prospect center out of the draft....
Via cover32 - Ravens
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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