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Ball should be big hit in interviews

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 22, 2013 – 1:48 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS–Wisconsin running back Montee Ball spoke eloquently to reporters on Friday, leaving little doubt he’ll be a big hit in interviews with interested teams.

“I know I can help a team win. My films show that,” Ball said, then adding of the possibility of being picked by the Packers, “It would mean a lot.”

Ball entertained reporters with a calm and confident presentation.

“I’m really looking forward to the interviews and showing teams how I can apply my intelligence to the playbook,” he said.

He compared his running style to that of Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin, which is to say nothing flashy but very steady and productive.


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There’s no next week in the postseason

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 22, 2013 – 12:09 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS–Broncos GM John Elway knows something about playing quarterback, and he’s not of the mind that NFL-ready quarterbacks are getting harder to find.

“I think the quarterbacks are better. We’re getting guys that are much more prepared to play the position when they get to the NFL,” Elway said at the scouting combine on Friday.

Elway has quickly turned the Broncos into a Super Bowl contender. They were 13-3 last season but lost their first game in the playoffs.

“We make our money in the regular season, we make our legacy in the postseason. You don’t have next week. In the postseason, you have to be able to play in sudden death,” Elway added.


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Rules make it tough for coaches to be tough

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 22, 2013 – 12:01 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS–At times last season, the New York Giants flashed the talent that made them Super Bowl champions in 2011. So why did they miss the playoffs?

The popular theory is the Giants let success go to their head. Did league rules limiting contact in practices hamstring Coach Tom Coughlin in what he could do to deal with his team’s malaise?

“How do we make the players understand that even though it’s a jog-through, it’s an important practice?” Coughlin said of the impact of rules limiting the demands coaches can place on players.

What the Giants appear to be doing in this offseason is using change to send a message of urgency. The release of running back Ahmad Bradshaw may have sent that message.

“He said it best when he said it broke his heart, but he understands it’s a business,” Coughlin said. “The direction is to get better.”


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Aging Falcons have big decisions to make

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 22, 2013 – 11:11 am

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INDIANAPOLIS–The Atlanta Falcons have gone full cycle and GM Thomas Dimitroff said this year’s draft and free agency period will be critical in reshaping the team’s roster and keeping the Falcons at the top of the NFC South.

“In 2008, we were the youngest team in the league and now we’re one of the oldest. We have difficult decisions to be made. We’re here to see how the talent compares to our talent,” Dimitroff said at the scouting combine on Friday.

“It seems like there’s a nice group of players on both fronts. There’s a nice safety group. There’s solid talent all the way down to 32,” Dimitroff said in evaluating this year’s draft class.


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