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    Flipping on ESPN this morning I heard a football talking-head reporting breathlessly the latest 40 yard times at the pro-football combine. He kept emphasizing, though, that the times were "unofficial" ones, as opposed, I guess, to the "official" times to be announced later. After judges review and reading the finish photos??? LOL

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    It's not as bad as you might think. They use the SpeedTrap system, with a pressure pad to start the clock, and an electronic eyebeam at the 40 to stop it(as well as beams at every 10 yards). I have one myself for practice, and it is the next best thing to FAT.
    There are no strings on me

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    • #3
      That explains why the fastest times are now in the 4.4+ range rather than the low 4.2 range that prevailed a few years back.

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      • #4
        The only postion where a 40 time actually matters is at cornerback. Yes you better have some make up speed there.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Texas
          The only postion where a 40 time actually matters is at cornerback. Yes you better have some make up speed there.
          Safeties have it worse. They often have to get from mid-field to the sideline in the time the ball is in the air.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Marlow
            Originally posted by Texas
            The only postion where a 40 time actually matters is at cornerback. Yes you better have some make up speed there.
            Safeties have it worse. They often have to get from mid-field to the sideline in the time the ball is in the air.
            It's not a safety who is going to be one on one with their speed receiver. All cornerbacks are going to get beat., It's all about what they can do with the ball in the air.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Texas
              All cornerbacks are going to get beat
              which why safeties better get there in a hurry.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Marlow
                Originally posted by Texas
                All cornerbacks are going to get beat
                which why safeties better get there in a hurry.
                I can't think of one speedster at safety, how about you?

                sprinter cornerbacks...

                Lenny Lyles...Lousville/Colts
                James Trapp..Clemson/Raiders
                Deion Sanders...FSU/pick one
                Stanford Routt..Houston/Raiders
                Darrel Green...Texas A&I/Redskins
                Leslie "Speedy" Duncan...Jackson State/Chargers
                Rod Woodson....Purdue/pick one
                Terry McDaneil....Tennessee/Raiders
                Rod Jones....SMU/Bengals
                Johnny Thomas...Baylor/Redskins
                Virgil Livers...Western Mich/Bears
                Mel Renfro....Oregon/Cowboys

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Texas
                  I can't think of one speedster at safety, how about you?
                  That's because safeties are bigger and heavier, better to punish receivers who trespass on their turf. They don't need the first-step speed of a corner, but they better have the top end or they won't be in the league long.

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                  • #10
                    Texas, you'll find this of interest. I was perusing the current NFL combine results and saw the 40 times. These are electronic times approx .2 seconds faster than our FAT times, because they don't take into consideration reaction to the gun, or lifting the hand off the track. They are .2 seconds slower than the old Football 40 times, because the timer's reaction to the start has been eliminated.

                    Corners

                    Webb, Lardarius 4.46
                    Davis, Vontae 4.49
                    Hughes, Brandon 4.50
                    Owens, Christopher 4.51
                    Barnes, Kevin 4.52

                    but notice that the safeties are faster, or at least as fast.

                    safeties

                    Clemons, Chris 4.41
                    Bruton, David 4.46
                    Spillman, C.J. 4.50
                    Vaughn, Chip 4.51
                    Martin, Sherrod 4.52

                    and the receivers are fastest of all

                    Heyward-Bey, Darrius 4.30 (certainly a 4.1 by the old standards)
                    Wallace, Mike 4.33
                    Knox, Johnny 4.34
                    Butler, Deon 4.38
                    Thomas, Mike 4.40

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                    • #11
                      What gets me is that you always hear football coaches make the distinction between football speed and track speed, but when they measure speed at the NFL combine, they let the guys dress like they're competing in a track meet instead of a football game. As a matter of fact, the Lycra outfits that they wear are probably more aerodynamic than what Usain Bolt wore in the Olympics.

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                      • #12
                        how is the start managed - does timing start when the guy stars or is there another system. running when ready and on their own - would be different than a starting device of some kind (gun)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by no one
                          how is the start managed - does timing start when the guy stars or is there another system. running when ready and on their own - would be different than a starting device of some kind (gun)
                          As noted before, the clock starts when he lifts his hand off the starting pad and is stopped by breaking a light beam.

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                          • #14
                            so is that system 'universal' ... and are times produced considered valid when compared to track times? - guess that was answered above. But is there true measure(s) across the board. Doesn't seem like it - but getting closer???

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                              (double post)

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