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A Quarterback’s Thinking, Fast And Slow

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Your favorite NFL team breaks the huddle for the first time in 2012 and your shiny, new first-round draft pick quarterback comes to the line.  As he peers out over the defense, everyone, from the general manager to the fans, is confident they chose the right player in the NFL draft because of his dead-on answer to this question, “A train travels 20 feet in one-fifth of a second.  At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in 3 seconds?”  Although he struggled with the next question, “What is the ninth month of the year?”, his overall Wonderlic cognitive ability test came back with an above average score, giving …

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NFL Teams Are Really Listening To Andrew Luck

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For the second half of this NFL season, the only silver lining in several losing teams’ dark clouds is an early round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.  A chance to start over with a top college quarterback like Andrew Luck just might be the turning point for a franchise. To get ready for the draft, hundreds of hours of game film can be broken down to grade player performance with X’s and O’s.  Objective athletic tests at the NFL Scouting Combine rank the NCAA football draftees by speed and strengths, just as the infamous Wonderlic intelligence test tries to rank their brain power. However, despite all of this data, coaches …

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The Wonderlic makes no sense. So what does?

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There is a very interesting article in the upcoming ESPN magazine by Jonah Lehrer about the Wonderlic, and why on earth NFL teams insist on continuing to use it. The article is interesting, and addresses the fundamental silliness of using the wonderlic as a measure of a quarterback’s fitness for pro ball. This is, in essence, because the wonderlic tests a type of intelligence and decision making that is so different from what happens on the field that it is basically useless. (Check out some sample Wonderlic questions here.) From the ESPN Article: Consider a recent study by economists David Berri and Rob Simmons. While they found that Wonderlic scores play …

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