Originally Posted by Hoofbite
I'm skeptical of why anyone would ever pay attention to what anybody says regarding any player.
Smokescreens seem so pointless to me.
If everyday Joe Fanatic can call it when he sees it, any chance that people in the league believe a drop of it?
I think any more teams use "smokescreens" as a matter of continuing something old for the sake of doing so. I doubt any team actually thinks about the effects and they probably just do it out of habit.
I'll agree with you on your first point (why listen regarding what someone says?).
But I suspect teams are very intentional about being careful to avoid tipping their hand through players visits, interviews, etc.
I also believe that teams practice misinformation or at the very purpose to blur their real intentions amidst a pool of faux interest.
The stakes are too high not to.