Nine nuggets from Friday at the combine

The interviews happen so fast and furious here at the NFL Scouting Combine that we can’t possibly get to every player, coach, and G.M., much less write about it all.

So in an effort to get a lot of content up quickly, here are nine nuggets we heard Friday that we haven’t written up yet.

1. Cam Newton is not expected to speak with the media as scheduled Friday.  A few writers are making a big deal of this, but he’s expected to speak tomorrow.  So who really cares?  Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett also may not talk until tomorrow; he was scheduled for Friday.

2.  Seahawks G.M. John Schneider on Matt Hasselbeck:  “Matt is Mr. Seattle, and he has done a ton of great things for the city, on and off the field. We’ve had good dialogue.”   Contract talks are still ongoing.

3. The Seahawks will look for a different type of offensive lineman under new line coach Tom Cable.  They will look for bigger,  more physical linemen instead of smaller types.

4. Seattle spoke with defensive tackle Brandon Mebane’s agent last night.  We called Mebane the team’s biggest offseason priority.

5. Packers G.M. Ted Thompson basically said there’s no such thing as a shutdown corner.  Thought that was true and telling.

6. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he wouldn’t pressure Alan Faneca into making a decision about retirement anytime soon, but was hopeful Faneca would return to the team.

7. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio was high on free agent Bob Sanders and confirmed he passed a physical with the team.  He noted that Sanders’ last two issues were freak injuries: torn biceps.

8. Del Rio said Terrence “Pot Roast” Knighton struggled with his weight late last season and it hurt his play.  Knighton also came into camp overweight, but it was believed he handled he issue.

9. Asked if Jamaal Charles would get more snaps next season, Chiefs coach Todd Haley stressed that Charles remains a “developing player.”  Hard to read too much into that non-answer, but it’s not what big Charles fans (fantasy owners) said.

17 responses to “Nine nuggets from Friday at the combine

  1. Bring Bob on down to the Durty Duval. Aint nobody he’s gonna wanna waste more than Manning and the boys. If he’s unlucky enough to get injured three years in a row, he’s due for a full season. Or at least 14 games.

    Also, take a chance on R. Bush when he is eventually released. He would be a nice 2RB for Jones Drew, and that’s where he has always belonged, today and in the draft. I think that running combo with Jennings as the pounder has the potential to be the most potent in the NFL.

  2. Cam Newton is not expected to speak with the media as scheduled Friday.
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    Something tells me we aren’t going to be reading that sentence too many times in the next few years.

  3. No such thing as a shutdown corner? Really? There may not be that many but they exist. Not a big fan of Deon (his ego) when he played but you didn’t throw to his side of the field for a reason. The dude was a “pick-six” waiting to happen.

  4. piratefreedom says:
    Feb 25, 2011 3:23 PM
    To tear one bicep may be regarded as a misfortune… to tear two seems like carelessness
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    You know who else is prone to repeated bicep and pectoral tears?

    Bodybuilders taking steriods.

    Not sayin…….just sayin

  5. Why are 3 of the 9 about the Seahawks?

    Kidding, I’m looking for reasons to rip someone. I like the info. Though Cam Newton better get his ego in check or he will be the next J-Russ or VY.

  6. lgbarn says:
    Feb 25, 2011 3:24 PM
    No such thing as a shutdown corner? Really? There may not be that many but they exist. Not a big fan of Deon (his ego) when he played but you didn’t throw to his side of the field for a reason. The dude was a “pick-six” waiting to happen.
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    Deion’s no old man, but the passing game has changed since his best days in the league. The season he had 7 pics in 11 games was amazing, I’ll concede.

    I don’t like the “no one even throws at him” argument. The Revis people say it all the time as well. You don’t have to be the greatest ever to get people to throw to the other side — the guy on that side just has to be appreciably worse than you to make it a smart play to pick on him instead.

    I like Thompson’s quote. Offenses are more complex now, the passing game more advanced than ever. The Packers have had their fair share of guys who the media liked to call “shutdown” corners (harris, then woodson, now williams), but I’ve never liked that term.

  7. Tell Thompson to watch the Film of the Raiders Super Bowl win over the Washington Redskins. Tell him to take a good look at the Raiders 2 Corners and how many passes they allowed to the WR’s which were 0. Then tell him to take a good look at the Washington QB being abused and running for his life because he could find no one open.

    Haynes and Hayes were not only the best tandem of corners ever to play, they were shut down corners. Thompson should have stated I refuse to pay the rate of a top shut down corner.

  8. snnyjcbs says: Feb 25, 2011 4:57 PM

    Tell Thompson to watch the Film of the Raiders Super Bowl win over the Washington Redskins. Tell him to take a good look at the Raiders 2 Corners and how many passes they allowed to the WR’s which were 0. Then tell him to take a good look at the Washington QB being abused and running for his life because he could find no one open.

    Haynes and Hayes were not only the best tandem of corners ever to play, they were shut down corners. Thompson should have stated I refuse to pay the rate of a top shut down corner.

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    Yeah, the guy that was on the field for the Oilers when Hayes and Haynes were playing has no clue about “Stickum” Hayes and Haynes. Every corner can be exploited in the right scheme, especially without a pass rush. Hayes and Haynes were excellent players but nobody is a “shutdown corner”.

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