Apparently there are photos of former Montana linebacker Brock Coyle jumping flat-footed out of a swimming pool. It’s an impressive feat we’ve seen before, but count Brian Tinsman, a blogger for redskins.com, as one of those that is not impressed.
In fact, Tinsman comes down pretty hard on Coyle in a blog post on the NFL team’s official site, saying Coyle joined a group of players who “senselessly risked their lives and careers while exiting a backyard pool.”
Coyle risked his life by jumping out of a pool? Hardly. And if you’re buying what Tinsman is selling, Coyle doesn’t have an NFL career to risk anyway. Tinsman pointed out that the previous two players to show themselves jumping out of a pool combined to appear in five NFL games (all by Jarron Gilbert).
He might be right – ESPN.com ranks Coyle as the No. 24 inside linebacker in this year’s NFL draft – but that really isn’t the point. The point is that Coyle displayed his athleticism and strength by jumping out of a pool and a blogger on “the official site of the Washington Redskins” decided to rip him for it.
By now, we all realize that analyzing NFL prospects is far from an exact science. If it were, Tom Brady would have been the No. 1 overall pick, not No. 199. Maybe Coyle goes on to have a long NFL career, maybe he doesn’t. Neither outcome will have anything to do with him jumping out of a pool.
H/T to Fritz Neighbor (@Fritz_Neighbor on Twitter) for pointing out the blog post.