Mid-February in the NFL is a time of preparation and evaluation. Coaching staffs and front offices are evaluating their own performances, and will shortly be spending a week in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine. There, they will go over minute details of prospective draftees' lives and physical attributes - but what might be the most important audition for many of these players are their interviews with the teams.
Still, as we look forward to the Combine and the draft process, the NFL family must look back in mourning, as we have lost a great man who helped expand football's appeal to the masses. Our thoughts are with the family of Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, who passed away on Monday.
Here are today's curds.
Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, dies at age of 98 - NFL.com
The Pro Football Hall of Famer left a lasting legacy in his ability to make the sport of football appeal to a massive audience. There's no question that Sabol is one of the main reasons why the NFL is now America's most popular sport.
Five decisions that defined the season | Packers.com
These involve player transactions, shifting positions, and one particular player's gutty effort to fight through an injury and help his team earn a playoff bye.
Packers' Mike McCarthy still in evaluation process with assistants - ESPN
Apparently his goal is to have all the decisions made by the middle of next week, when the NFL's Scouting Combine begins.
The interview: Turner helps NFL prospects talk the talk | Packersnews.com
With that Combine coming up fast, many draft-eligible players are preparing for the biggest job interviews of their lives. Suddenly, there's a burgeoning industry around preparing these young men for the off-field parts of the Combine.
First Draft: Miami (Ohio) CB Rollins highlights the search for instincts - JSOnline
If the Packers are looking to add a corner on day two, Quinten Rollins might be a good fit. Like Demetri Goodson, he's a converted basketball player - unlike Goodson, he earned his conference's defensive player of the year award in his only year playing football. Tyler Dunne also lists a handful of other names at corner, including Michigan State's Trae Waynes, who played with Melvin Gordon in high school.
Packers Essentially Get Second Rookie Class in 2015 | Cheesehead TV
Though Green Bay got great contributions from four key members of their 2014 draft class, that group could turn out to be an even bigger positive if the five other draftees (who either missed the entire season or barely played at all) can become contributors in 2015 and beyond.
Peyton Manning training, planning to play in 2015, per report - SBNation.com
Sorry if you were hoping for the 2015 Broncos to feature Brock Osweiler, NFL starting quarterback.