Colts' President Bill Polian just spoke for nearly 40 minutes on a wide range of topics. I'll post more highlights later, but some of the major things that came out of his press conference is that the Colts have indeed made Jeff Saturday an offer and that Marlin Jackson and Bob Sanders will likely open training camp on the PUP list.
I've got some obligations this afternoon, so I'm checking out for a bit and leaving the Combine behind. But we'll be back later with more thoughts and a wrapup of the weekend!Wrapping up:
Sunday, 2:10 p.m.
Things are slowing down here today and much of the media has already departed. The players coming in for interviews are slowing as well, so we're going to start wrapping up in a bit.
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Belichick draws a crowd:
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Most coaches and GMs are experts at saying very little, but Patriots coach Bill Belichick has made it an art throughout his career.
Today, the surefire Hall of Fame coach drew a large contingent of reporters and proceeded to speak extemporaneously about the Combine and the coaching and personnel changes around the league. Although he only answered a handful of questions, he did have some good insights.
• On the Combine: "It's become quite an event and it's fun to be a part of it ... it's always an enjoyable part of the process to start getting to know the college players. The interviews are one of the most interesting parts of the Combine. I don't think you can really analyze a player during the Combine in a 10-minute interview, that would be stretching it, but I find it interesting to see where some of these kids have come from ..."
• On coaching changes: "It just doesn't seem right to not have people like Mike Shanahan, John Gruden, Brian Billick, Steve Mariucci, guys I've coached against, sometimes not very well, not be head coaches in the National Football League ... It's just odd for them to be here and not in a coaching capacity." And when he was asked about it later, he said: "As a coach, it's a bit of an empty feeling to see people like that not in the game, as much as I don't want to compete against them, they certainly deserve to be at this level ... they're great coaches. I don't know. you'll have to ask the people that do the hiring ... I'm just trying to coach the Patriots really, I'm not trying to solve the world's problems."
• On the trend in the NFL to a 3-4 defense: "There are an awful lot of team playing a 34 defense now. When I came to New England, it was pretty much just us and Pittsburgh. Now you have teams in our division, many teams in the AFC, a couple in the NFC, 8, 9, 10 teams basing out of a 34 defense. That's made those positions, the outside linebacker, the 3-4 nose tackle position, very competitive and very unique from the 4-3 complimentary spots.
"It's a bit like the West Coast offense, when Mike Holmgren and John Gruden, Andy Reid, Brian Billick and those guys left the Walsh system and were head coaches and this league was a heavy West Coast offense league ... it's trendy, but that's the NFL. It's cyclical, and right now the 3-4 defense is about as popular as it was in the 80s."
Davis doesn't want to be in brother's shadow:
Sunday, 12:36 p.m.
Illinois' CB Vontae Davis is the younger brother of the 49ers Vernon Davis, but he wants to trade on his own name.
I don't want to be known as Vernon's 'little' brother," he said, even though at 5-feet-11, 203 pounds, he is a bit smaller than his 6-feet-3, 250-pound brother. "I want to be known as just his brother."
Advice from his brother?
"He says 'get ready for the real world,'" Davis said. "That's his main message. It's not college — you're a grown man now."
Davis he's a fan of the Colts' Kelvin Hayden, who also played at Illinois.
"I look up to him," Davis said. "He's doing real good ... he just got a new contract and he's doing well good with the Indianapolis Colts."
Crabtree to run 40:
Sunday, 11:25 a.m.
Texas Tech star WR Michael Crabtree just came to the podium for a brief announcement: that his foot injury is an old one he has played with and isn't causing him any pain. He will run his 40 today and then have surgery on his foot.
Scott wants his shot:
Sunday, 11:15 a.m.
Big 6-feet-3, 312-pound Darrell Scott is projected for the draft's second day, but want to move up draft boards with a good showing this weekend. His size could add some immediate beef to the Colts defensive line if they decide to call his name in the draft.
"I'm a hard worker, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done," he said.
Unlike many of the athletes here, Scott didn't leave school to train at a private facility. Instead, he's staying at Clemson this spring to finish his degree in sociology.
"I was three classes away from graduating so I chose to stay," he said. "I was already in the mind-set of getting up and going to class and to study hall. I didn't want to leave and then come back to that mindset ... I didn't want to leave the job undone, especially because I was so close."
Scott is ready for the challenge of the NFL, he told me.
"I think the toughest thing about the NFL is that everybody's strong, everybody's fast. I think the biggest adjustment will be technically, make sure you're technically sound because everybody's good."
Saturday on Sunday:
Sunday, 9:50 a.m.
Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium for another day of updates from the NFL Combine! Today, eyes will be on the field to see the skill position players work out.
The Scout.com team is posted up in the media room to catch all the defensive players that will be coming through for interviews.
But while the focus here is on the draft, the big Colts' story of the day comes from elsewhere. Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star is reporting that Jeff Saturday's agent told them that the Colts will not attempt to re-sign the three-time All-Pro center before free agency begins next week.
That doesn't mean Saturday won't be back with the Colts next season, but the odds seem slimmer by the day.