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Charley Casserly
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Charley Casserly

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Empty Tank


I've never seen it happen, a team trying to lose games to get a top draft pick, and it was never addressed as a topic when I was a member of the competition committee. I don't believe in it. Even if your season is not going anywhere, the competitiveness of the people out there dictates that you try to win as many games as you can.

The only thing you might do is if you have a player who's injured, you might shut him down. You wouldn't take any risks there. You might bring guys up from the practice squad or raid other teams' practice squads. You would use those circumstances to evaluate some players. But I wouldn't consider doing that [to be] tanking games. I would consider that evaluating what you have.

The players want to win. The coaches want to win. If the players sense that you might be tanking games, then you really have a problem. Then it gets ugly. You're better off trying to build momentum going forward. It's not like basketball, where you can draft one guy and turn everything around. Look at Carson Palmer in Cincinnati. You could argue he has as much talent as any quarterback in the league, and I think they've been to the playoffs once with him. You have to have the team around that one player in this sport.

By Charley Casserly  |  October 23, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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