On the tight end position: "A talented tight end can come in and play because he'll be used as a pass catcher or a run blocker.''
(Doing a good job on character evaluation in the interviews?
"The key to that is our area scouts do a great job of gathering information when
they're out on the road. So that when that young man comes and sits in our room,
we already have a great deal of information on him. There may be a red flag we
may want to talk about. A lot of times they feel free to discuss that on their
Steve McNair's rehab from surgery on his rotator cuff and torn biceps?
"As far as I know it's been going very well. He's been in the building a lot
over the course of the last two months since the season. That's as about as much
as I have. We've yet to have a medical meeting.
"What is it still in February? Who would be our starting quarterback in September,
you'd have to say Steve McNair. We have no one else."
(Feelings on African American head-coach candidates receiving enough
"I think there are qualified African-American candidates that people want to
We didn't go into our search and say, 'We have to make sure we have to interview
We just feel like there's African-American candidates that we want to interview.
We feel there's a certain amount of teams that feel the same way.''
Feel the same way about offensive and defensive coordinator opportunities?
"We have more African Americans being quarterback coaches. They're finally
coming up through the
pipeline where they are getting those opportunities. You look back 10 years ago
Maybe it's not.
But right now that talent pool and the pool to draw from is growing every
Guys are getting to the point they want to get a good fit because there isn't a
lot of patience
with head coaches right now. You've seen a number of guys who have been fired
over the last
three or four years. You have to make sure you get a good fit.
"It's upon that person who's been offered the job to make a decision whether he
be a success and a success right away.
(Reaction to the meeting on Spygate with commissioner Roger Goodell
and the competition committee in the morning)--
"I thought it was very detailed. I thought they were very honest. They gave us
blow between Roger (Goodell), Jeff (Pash), Greg (Aiello) and Ron Hill. I'm
with the results. I think the penalty was very severe. And has been stated, we
can move on.
(Of course the league will want to move on, but the public and Capitol Hill
still have interest?)--
"All I can say is for an hour and a half today, I was able to digest a lot of
I was able to ask as many questions as I wanted to ask to come away to make a
myself about it. At the conclusion of that meeting, I had no other questions.
"I think it was good on Jeff and Roger's part to be able to have the meeting for
us to give
us a chance to discuss it and digest it. I applaud Roger and Jeff for doing
giving us that opportunity."
"It fit the crime. Anytime you take a number one draft away from someone, maybe
mean a lot when it happened in September. Wait until we get toward April.
Instead of me
picking 40, I'm going to be picking 39. So I'm going to be one better player.
"So yeah, I think it's very severe And as good as New England can draft, that's going to
be one other good player that's left for me. The commissioner has the authority to put the
penalty in. And the one thing he did with that penalty. Nobody in Baltimore will be
doing anything like that. I don't think any of the 31 other clubs will be doing it either."
(on the draft)
"I think it's a good draft. But I think every draft is a good draft if you know
what you're looking for. Because we always have needs. You can go into the draft
and fulfill those needs.
(do you draft on need?)
"I always draft the best player."
(Asked about Derek Anderson?
"Derek is not a restricted guy. He's not a UFA. He's a member of the
Cleveland Browns and he had a great year.
''I can't. You're trying to get me in trouble.
"I don't think you can determine there's more guys for the 4-3 or 3-4.
You have to find guys who fit your scheme.''
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
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