Coaches and GMs Live from Indy

Friday is the most glamorous day at the NFL Combine, as the quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers will be on display. Additionally, 13 head coaches and four general managers will address the media at the Convention Center to discuss the state of their respective teams. From Tony Dungy to Lovie Smith and Ted Thompson to Phil Savage, has got it covered.

Head Coach, Miami Dolphins (10:00 A.M.)

On the health of quarterback Daunte Culpepper:
"Basically, we're taking it day by day. Before I left to come here yesterday, I looked out in my office. My office space is out over the fields, and I look down and there's Daunte Culpepper out there doing his drills. Now for me to say he's 90%, 100%, 80% - I don't know. I don't think he necessarily knows yet. But here's what I do know. That's he's giving us 100% of his effort. He's where he's supposed to be when he's supposed to be there. He's doing not only what our training staff is asking him to do, but within reason doing things over and above that.

On the Ricky Williams situation:
"My approach with Ricky is simple. He has not been reinstated by the National Football League. Our approach as an organization and our approach as coaches and players is going to be to focus on the things that we have direct control over. And when things come into our control, then we'll worry about those things then. And I think for me to get into speculation, any hypotheticals, until he's reinstated, it serves us the best and it serves him the best."

Head Coach, Chicago Bears (10:15 A.M.)

On the apparent deadlock in his contract situation:
"I'm really not negotiating my contract. I have someone that's doing that for me. But to me I'm going to go back to I've been told that I'm wanted as a head football coach, and I know I would like to be the head football coach. So to me, with no negotiations it takes time, and I think in time we'll get it done."

On whether he's surprised by the turmoil coming off a Super Bowl appearance:
"To me, with the new year, things come up. I look at it like that. But once you get through all of that, you get to back to [the] Chicago Bears playing in the Super Bowl [and] having an outstanding season. That's where we are. To me I always get back to reality. Reality is that. Every head football coach has to go through quite a bit. Again, I love my job. I have the best job in the National Football League as I see it."

Head Coach, New York Giants (11:00 A.M.)

On whether or not Brandon Jacobs can be his featured tailback:
"I think he can. I think also that you need two. You're going to need two people to play that position. But Brandon has demonstrated certainly the power, the ability under certain circumstances to be able to play continuously. We've used him as a change-up role. We've used him on short yardage, on goal line. He's done a good job in blitz pickup. He's caught the ball coming out of the backfield. He's excited about it. We obviously have some work to do, but I think that he certainly has the talent. It's a little bit different style and something that we're currently working with and working on, but I do think you need more than one back."

On whether Peyton Manning's success is good or bad for Eli Manning:
"I think he's very proud for his brother. I think he's very happy for his brother and his brother's success. I don't think there's any doubt about that. It's a very, very close-knit family. I think what Eli said in response to right after the Super Bowl was probably a very honest statement. He looks out and sees his brother win the Super Bowl and he thinks, 'I'd like to do that.' I think that's pretty natural, pretty normal."

Head Coach, Minnasota Vikings (11:15 A.M.)

On his quarterback situation with Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger:
"Number one, I'm going to let those guys compete. I have not named a starting quarterback. However, it doesn't hurt anything to have a third guy to compete in there, and if there's a good football player that we covet at that seventh pick and he happens to be a quarterback, you try to create that competition at all positions. And so that quarterback position should be no different."

On whether or not he's been able to change the culture of the franchise:
"I think that the strides have been incremental both on the football team and within the organization, but I'm happy to believe that they're moving forward. I see a lot of progress, and we're getting there. Are we a finished product? We're not a finished product yet, but we're talking steps."

Head Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars (11:30 A.M.)

On why David Garrard receives more local support in than Byron Leftwich:
"I think the Jacksonville fan base is very similar to most fan bases around the country, and that is the backup quarterback is always the most popular guy. And when that guy starts playing, the next backup is the most important guy or most polular guy. That's no different. I was in Dallas with Steve Walsh and Troy Aikman, and people were clamoring for Steve Walsh. Obviously, Troy is in the Hall of Fame. So it's not unique to Jacksonville. I think it happens across the country, and it's just part of that position."

On how much his offense missed Jimmy Smith last season:
"I think that certainly Jimmy Smith was a great football player for a number of years, and he was an outstanding veteran with the quickness to separate. And when you got man-to-man, he was a guy that was going to win. And so, do you miss that kind of guy? Sure you do. But as an organization, as the head football coach, what we've got to do is take what we have and maximize it and go forward, and that's what we're going to continue to do. Certainly that's an element, that veteran wide receiver with explosive speed is something that we missed last year. Jimmy had it, and he was really different than the other guys. As a football team, you're always looking."

Head Coach, Kansas City Chiefs (12:15 P.M.)

On how he felt when Larry Johnson criticized the team's offensive approach:
"I don't think he criticized my philosophy. He got the ball 400 times. He got it as many times as he could carry it. I just think that obviously in the heat of the battle, players say things after games. We all get frustrated when things don't work out quite right. Naturally, sometimes players say something, and when you're a star player, obviously, it's going to get talked about."

On whether he believes the Jets overachieved last year without him:
"I don't think they overachieved. They got all their players healthy. They've got a good coaching staff. They've been a team that's been in the playoffs. They've been in the playoffs four out of the last six years. So it wasn't that they overachieved. I don't think that. I don't think that at all. They did a good job playing football."

Head Coach, Indianapolis Colts (12:30 P.M.)

On whether it's hard to stay motivated after winning the Super Bowl:
"I think you try to flip the switch and go ahead mentally, but it is. It's a great, great feeling. You have a lot of people, especially in a town like Indianapolis, that are still excited about it, and that keeps you excited about what happened. But you do have to move forward, and that's what we're trying to do right now."

On his reaction to Dominic Rhodes recently being charged with DUI:
"We'll sit down with Dom and talk through it. It's very, very disappointing. One of the things I said I was so proud of was we went through the Super Bowl time where there's usually some type of negative story, and there was nothing negative that came from either team. And I thought both teams did a great job of showing the great side of the NFL. We talk about it all the time as a team, just decision-making. You make one poor decision, and it reflects on everybody. It reflects on the whole National Football League. So it's disappointing."

Head Coach, New York Jets (12:45 P.M.)

On how he evaluates a college defensive end and projects him in his 3-4:
"It's always tough because you have to definitely project. You have to look at things like his Combine workout or his personal workout and try to envision him in that role. And also, he's going to be involved in a lot more of the coverages and the communication, which is very different from the down line position or a defensive lineman to an outside linebacker. So how he'll work in that part of the defense, so there's definitely a lot of things that you just have to evaluate the best you can and hope you're making a good decision."

On whether or not Leon Washington can be his featured tailback in 2007:
"I think Leon's done a great job with everything that we asked him to do. He made a lot of profress from the early days, especially rookie camp where he struggled quite a bit and he got progressively better. And that's what we're looking for from all our players, especially the rookie class. Each challenge that we've given him, every opportunity that we've given him, he's done an outstanding job with it. So we'll just have to see how that works out."

Head Coach, Tennessee Titans (2:00 P.M.)

On the continued troubles of Adam 'Pacman' Jones:
"Over the last several days, there's been widespread speculation and allegation tying Adam Jones to an indicent that took place early this week, very early Monday morning in Las Vegas. I can tell you that Adam Jones is cooperating fully with the Las Vegas police department. I can tell you that we have not been in contact with Adam. [We] have no information. The organization has put themselves in a position now where it's very difficult for us to comment until we are able to obtain actual facts from the standpoint of what took place. It's a very unfortunate incident, and when the organization obtains more information, we will be in a position to [answer] any other questions that you have."

On how bright Vince Young's future could possibly be:
"I think you got a chance to see what he's capable of doing. He's got an offseason ahead of him in which we think he can improve significantly. He's committed. He's looking forward to it. He's going to participate in it. The great part of what we're doing this year with Vince in particular is [when] we installed our system and taught him the system, he watched somebody else. Now he gets to come back this year and watch himself and improve upon himself. He's got room for improvement, and as we all see, he's got very special skills."

General Manager, Indianapolis Colts (2:15 P.M.)

On other teams now trying to raid his coaching staff and roster:
"We've lost two coaches, which is I think par for the course. There were perhaps more changes this year around the league than people anticipated, and as a result, there are more openings. But in both cases, they were coaches that certainly deserved promotions and got them. We look at that as a feather in our cap. It's a good thing. You want your staff to feel that they have the ability to advance themselves. And I think we've lost three coaches in five years - two this year."

On just how big the NFL has become as a 12-month enterprise:
"We have the ultimate reality show. If reality shows on television are welcomed by the public, ours aren't rehearsed [or] contrived in any way. It's right out there for everyone to see in a highly competitive and highly physical atmosphere. It's obvious that that appeals to the public. If you look at the ratings, the championship game between ourselves and the Patriots, the Super Bowl game between ourselves and the Bears, I think those were the two highest-rated games of the year (Editor's note: Super Bowl XLI was the third-highest rating sporting event in television history). So clearly the public has an appetite for our game."


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