“It’s getting harder and harder in my opinion. It’s so unique, then seeing those guys go to the Senior Bowl and go under center and see people move around — how they’re moving the pocket and how they adjust,” Schneider said. “It’s harder now because you see a lot of these guys look over to the sidelines. I know, me personally, you make several mistakes in that regard. You may question the guy’s decision making. You may value it higher just because of his intellectual level or what a good football guy he is. But then you don’t truly know because he’s looking over at the sidelines looking at cards.”
In head coach Mike Leach’s offense at Washington State, quarterback Connor Halliday said he had to look over to the sidelines for about half of his plays. At the combine, he said it’s up to him to prove his football aptitude during interview sessions with teams.
“You have to show how well and how quickly you can draw up a front, draw up linebacker fronts and safety rotations,” Halliday said.
When he spoke at the combine, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians seemed frustrated by the use of cards in college football.
“So many times you’re evaluating a quarterback who has never called a play in the huddle and never used a snap count,” Arians said. “They hold up a card on the sideline, he kicks his foot and throws the ball. That ain’t playing quarterback. There is no leadership involved there. Now there may be leadership on the bench, but when you get in there … they’re light years behind.
The news comes with the Rams facing the potential of a lame duck season in St. Louis. In January, it was revealed that owner Stan Kroenke is planning to build an NFL stadium along with the Stockbridge Capital Group in the Los Angeles market, on 300 acres of land in Inglewood owned by the two partners. Efforts are also underway to build a new NFL stadium in St. Louis, but the project still has a number of hurdles to clear, including details about how the project would be financed.