The idea that the Alliance of American Football is positioning itself to be a feeder league for the NFL isn’t a new one.
After the first weekend of games, at least one NFL General Manager thinks it can be a useful tool.
“It’s a great idea,” Telesco said. “It has the potential to be a nice complement to the NFL. It’s a great spot for a developmental league for players, but even aside from that — coaches and front office, officiating, athletic trainers and video equipment people, public relations — all of that, so I think it’s a great place where people can develop in every department of football operations. Every department that touches a football team can get some real life experience.”
Telesco’s support isn’t surprising, considering his mentor Bill Polian’s one of the league’s co-founders. But he plucked a pair of AAF players during the NFL playoffs, bringing kicker Nick Rose and adding linebacker Tyrone Holmes to his practice squad.
“With San Diego close and Arizona pretty close, it will be pretty convenient for us [to scout],” Telesco said. “It’s a place where young guys can go play.
“No. 1, you get a chance to go play football and get paid for it, so that’s nice. No. 2, you get great coaching. And No. 3, you get a chance to put tape together so the NFL can evaluate you again. Most of these guys we’ve seen before, but it give them a chance to develop and learn, get better at their craft and get it on tape.”
The NFL hasn’t had their own developmental league since shuttering NFL Europe in 2007.