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Welcome to Indianapolis, your Combine headquarters

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 9 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Team PFW has descended upon Lucas Oil Stadium, where we are bringing you wall-to-wall Combine info all day Thursday through Sunday. I will be taking off Saturday morning, but the rest of the team should have you covered amply on the backstretch. We're about an hour away from the real action here, and a number of head coaches and personnel folks are slated to speak today. The batting order: 49ers head coach Mike ...

McCloughan doesn't foresee a lot of free-agent action for Niners

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 12:13 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — To the 49ers fans who might have expected the proverbial team on the brink to make that move to push it over the cliff, the wait might be long. GM Scot McCloughan patiently explained that this might not be the most exciting offseason in terms of wild player movement. In short, no salary cap does not equate to blank check. "We're not going to be considered a big free agency team", he said ...

Pioli on Belichick going without coordinators

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 3:53 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Pioli used to work for Bill Belichick in New England. The two coordinators for much of that time were Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. Now Pioli is in Kansas City ... with Weis and Crennel, it has turned out. And Belichick will have no official coordinators on his staff this season. Pioli's take on the matter? "Different teams do it different ways," he said. "I've been with a bunch of different organizations ...

Pioli suspicious of Combine interview process

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 9:50 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — One of the more interesting things to come out of the rare appearance from Chiefs GM Scott Pioli was a comment he made regarding interviews at the Combine. It's generally accepted that the medical evaluations and the interviews teams conduct with players are the two most important factors in Indy, more meaningful than the 40-yard dash or the bench press. And as a result, many savvy agents have turned their clients onto a ...

Ireland on Patrick Turner: 'step it up'

Posted Feb. 25, 2010 @ 10:01 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — I knew when I saw that Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland was scheduled to speak today that I had to ask him a question in what is likely to be his one scheduled chat with the media this season (or any other season). Working on a story about young receivers for the PFW preview magazine, I asked Ireland about their two consecutive WR draft picks from a year ago, third-rounder Patrick Turner and fourth-rounder Brian ...

Busy day in Indy

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 9:29 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — We've got quite a batting order today. The media will speak with the following coaches and front-office personnel today: Lovie Smith, Billy Devaney, Ted Thompson, Mike Shanahan, Marvin Lewis, Brad Childress, Mike Smith, Mike Tannenbaum, Tom Coughlin, Rick Smith, Mke McCarthy, Mke Holmgren and Jeff Fisher. Wow. Hard to find that kind of NFL talent in one place at one time any other day of the year. In addition, we'll be talking ...

Childress plans to hit up Coughlin for fumbling advice, but Coughlin isn't sharing secrets

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 9:42 a.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — In his media address, Vikings head coach Brad Childress was asked about Brett Favre. No, seriously. Dan Arkush handled that part of Childress' chat. But he also was asked about his concern over RB Adrian Peterson's fumbling issues and had some interesting things to say about it. "It's still part of our offseason study," Childress said. "I know there has been a lot said about it. I am not going to discourage ...

Shanahan said 'Redskins defense' will incorporate 3-4 and 4-3 fronts

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 4:48 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — When asked what kind of defensive scheme the Redskins will run this season, Mike Shanahan offered some clarification. Some. "We've got the principles of the three-man front and a four-man front and calling it the 'Washington Redskins defense' because we have the ability to do both," Shanahan said. "We'll see what (it ends up being) at the end of the day, where our players are and what they can do, and we ...

Tebow not worried about peeving veterans with all the attention he will get

Posted Feb. 26, 2010 @ 5:08 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — After sustaining a pulled hammy and a subluxed shoulder trying to get over to the podium when Tim Tebow's name was announced amid the mad rush of media members, I thought I had no shot of getting a question in to the Golden Boy. But through the combination of athletic grace and Combine smarts, I wedged inside stage right where Tebow was answering questions. And thankfully, he was looking my way at the ...

Sign of the apocalypse: Tebow's three-cone drill time

Posted Feb. 28, 2010 @ 2:48 p.m.
I am back home from Indy (the rest of the crew remains there through today), and I flipped on the NFL Network to see some of the workouts. Must admit, I did a double-take when I saw the time of the three-cone drill for the ultra-pious Tim Tebow: 6.66 seconds. Go figure. OK, yes, the workout numbers were impressive, but I was laughing about the coincidental cone number. Maybe I am going to hell ...

An argument for better automatic timing at the Combine

Posted March 02, 2010 @ 1:25 p.m.
For an hour or so, Taylor Mays was the talk of the NFL. The player with immense physical skills and questionable football instincts supposedly ran a 4.24-second 40-yard dash today, tying the all-time mark of Chris Johnson two years ago. It was nice while it lasted. The key word to Mays' time was "unofficial." Mays actually ran his second 40, a reported 4.34, before that unofficial time was changed. Turns out Mays ran ...

Free-agency contingency plans: What teams will do to replace UFAs

Posted March 04, 2010 @ 11:16 a.m.
The free-agency bonanza (tongue firmly in cheek) begins at midnight tonight. Everyone knows by now the dearth of quality unrestricted free agents available. But there are a few talented players who are set to hit the market. In most people's eyes, the top three free agents likely to hit the market and join new teams are DE Julius Peppers, LB Karlos Dansby and CB Dunta Robinson. We don't know yet which teams they ...

Lovie in Charlotte, but will Peppers come to Chicago as a Bear?

Posted March 05, 2010 @ 1:20 a.m.
Lovie Smith is traveling for his job tonight. He landed a short while ago, hoping to bring free-agent DE Julius Peppers back to Chicago with him and sign him to be the team's pass-rush ace alongside DT Tommie Harris. The move makes sense. For both sides. Peppers would be behind Brian Urlacher and Jay Cutler as the faces of the franchise. And he instantly would upgrade the defense in a city that loves its ...

Can Vanden Bosch say no to Schwartz at his home?

Posted March 05, 2010 @ 1:25 a.m.
Knock at door. Inside: Who is it? Outside: It's Jim Schwartz, open up. Inside: Let me get decent. At least that's how I imagine the Jim Schwartz-Kyle Vanden Bosch meeting tonight at 12:01 a.m. outside KVB's house. Will this collegiate recruitment style work for a 30-year-old vet? Maybe. Hey, it worked for another former Ravens assistant, Rex Ryan, who snagged Bart Scott for the Jets one year ago. Vanden Bosch ...

When Peppers knew his days as a Panther were over

Posted March 06, 2010 @ 11:45 a.m.
Last night was a fascinating day for the Bears. They signed their biggest free agent ever in Julius Peppers. It also was a hard day for the Panthers. But most of the angst was spent over the tough divorce with QB Jake Delhomme, one of the franchise's leaders for the past seven years. It seems Panthers fans did their quiet mourning last week when they knew Pep wasn't going to come back. I ...

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