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Jordan Palmer the Biologist

This was some interesting stuff from Al Saunders the other day, as he explained his playbook to a bunch of reporters. As previously mentioned, he was explaining that his so-called "700-page-playbook" was actually a textbook for understanding many concepts of offensive football.

"I told [the team] the other night, I says, 'You know what, you're not going to learn everything,' Saunders said. "'We don't have enough meeting time to learn everything about this game, we don't have enough time on the field, we only have so many plays every day. But what you need to have is the resources to make you the best football player you can possibly be.' And we're not going to leave any page unturned to help them learn, because everybody learns different.

Pre-amoeba days.

"Some guys, when you're in a meeting and you're talking about it on PowerPoint, they have no idea what's going on, because that's not the way they learn. Some guys have to get out here and actually physically go through it to learn it. Other guys can look at it on video and they've got it. That's where Ladell Betts has value: he can get it in a meeting room. He can come out here, and he doesn't have to do it for two days, and 'Bang!' he'll get in there and do it exactly the way you want it done.

"Then there's other guys that, at night, when you're meeting, they're thinking of their girlfriend in Florida or their fiance in Colorado or their wife in Las Angeles, and they're surely not listening, really, like they'd like to be. I mean, there's all kinds of things going on: they're thinking about their financial situation, they're thinking about, 'Gosh, I read that article in the paper the other day, this guy's ripping me, I'm going to choke his throat.' I mean, they're thinking about all kinds of stuff, and they're tired and they don't want to be in a meeting room....

"I say that tongue-in-cheek a little bit, but I want them to have something when they go back in their room that they study. When I was with Don Coryell, we didn't have a playbook. Did not have a playbook. They had to take notes. They had to do everything written down. Now some of 'em, they could not write....

No, and when I say that, you look at some guys' notes, you go in there and you take Jordan' Palmer's notes. I mean, it looks like a microbiologist dissecting the cell structure of an amoeba. I mean, there's some we don't even have room for the gosh darn picture of the play, he's got so much written in there. And you look at some other guys, you know, there's one line and a dot."

Whew. Anyhow, I asked Jordan Palmer whether he had some sort of background in microbiology.

"I don't know about that, but I definitely try to pay as close attention as I can," he told me, laughing. "As fast as they talk, they don't wait. So what I do is I just write down everything that I think will be important, and then when I get back to my room I look over it and then I categorize it. It's like you guys, that's why you hold these things, right?" he said, pointing at my tape recorder and my notes. "I can't read that, but when you go type your paper, you know what you're talking about, right? It's the same kind of thing. I just write it real quick.

"Actually, I was thinking about being a journalism major, and so I understand at least taking notes and going back over it and organizing it, so that's what I do. But I didn't know he was talking trash."

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 30, 2007; 3:14 PM ET
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