INDIANAPOLIS–John Dorsey graduated from the Ron Wolf/Ted Thompson school of scouting, and he continues to embrace what he learned.
What does it mean to be a true scout?
“Well, it’s the ability to evaluate talent. I think Ted, too, is a real scout. He’s had a history of evaluating and selecting really good players and I think that’s what you do as this process unfolds,” Dorsey said during his media interview at the scouting combine.
Dorsey was in his first season as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 and helped take the team from the worst record in the league to the playoffs.
What’s his process?
“Every year you go through the draft process, regardless of if you’re selecting one or 23. You begin to build your board and then you begin to identify certain players that will unfold at certain slots. Then, as you go through, you can determine who these players are that fit the criteria that you have set up and that’s how that unfolds and you do have to be disciplined. When you build through the draft, discipline is so critical because you have to take the best player available, not thinking instantaenously but also thinking two years, three years down the road.”
Does Dorsey draft need or best player available?
“I think history has shown that if you stay true to that model, the best player usually will prevail.”
It’s a philosophy Dorsey learned in Green Bay.
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INDIANAPOLIS–Former Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo is the new offensive coordinator for the New York Giants, and Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin spoke on Thursday of the process that brought McAdoo to the Giants.
“He’s a disciple of Mike McCarthy. I like Ben because he did a superb job in his preparation,” Coughlin said of his interview with McAdoo to replace long-time offensive guru Kevin Gilbride. The Giants are in the process of an offseason make-over, especially as it pertains to quarterback Eli Manning and the offense.
“He’s fundamentally sound,” Coughlin added of McAdoo. “He had detailed video on the way he teaches. He doesn’t describe himself as West Coast. He thinks more in terms of the ball going vertical down the field. We’re new in the development of where our program will go. It’s exciting.”
Manning experienced a disastrous season in 2013. The two-time Super Bowl champion reverted to rookie ways. Reclaiming Manning will be McAdoo’s No. 1 challenge.
“We’re confident Eli will return to the level of the high stature we hold him in. We’re excited about that part, too,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin was asked his opinion on a possible trend toward athletic, running quarterbacks.
“I don’t think anybody who’s made the second contract investment in their quarterback wants to put their quarterback in harm’s way. You still have to stand in the pocket and make plays,” Coughlin said.
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INDIANAPOLIS–Johnny Manziel was true to his Johnny Football reputation.
“I play with a lot of heart. I play like I’m 10 feet tall,” Manziel said in the most attended and celebrated press conference through two days of the scouting combine. It was a press conference in which Manziel appeared to speak as two different people.
The real Manziel spoke of becoming a pocket passer. Manziel’s ulter ego, Johnny Football, was confrontational: “I’m looking forward to showing up all of the people saying I’m just an improvisor.”
Manziel is this draft’s most interesting personality and debated talent. Is he too big for his britches? Is he just a college quarterback with a lot of hype, or a talented passer capable of making the transition from college to the NFL?
“I take my job very seriously. I’m excited about my future,” he said. “Johnny Manziel is a guy from a small town. I’m just a small-town kid.”
It was almost as though he didn’t know where the real Johnny Football ended and the real Johnny Manziel began.
What if he’s the first quarterback drafted?
“It would be awesome,” he said. “I put in a lot of hard work. I’ve come here to sit down with these guys and let them get to know me.”
The Houston Texans own the draft’s first overall pick. What if they were to select Manziel No. 1 overall?
“It would be extremely cool. I’m a Texas guy,” he said.
What if he were selected by a cold-weather team, such as Cleveland?
“It’s a man’s game. It’s played in the snow, the rain. It’s played in tough conditions,” he said.
What about having to become a pocket passer, instead of the wild scrambler he was at Texas A&M?
“I want to be a guy that can drop back and go through my progressions,” he said.
At some point, we will come to know whether Manziel can play football without being Johnny Football.
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INDIANAPOLIS–The tight end crop in this draft offers everything a team in need of a tight end could want. North Carolina’s Eric Ebron is the pass catcher, Colorado State’s Crockett Gillmore is the blocker and Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz claims to be both.
“I think I proved I could be that blocker on the line but can also stretch the field (as a pass catcher). I think that separates me from the other tight ends,” Fiedorowicz said at the scouting combine on Thursday.
Fiedorowicz compared himself to the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski, to whom Fiedorowicz bears body-type similarities. At 6-5, 265, Fiedorowicz is big and raw-boned looking.
“That’s what I’m shooting to be. I think I proved a little bit of that at the Senior Bowl,” he said.
He’s also “shooting for 4.65″ in the 40 on Saturday. It’s a time that would shoot Fiedorowicz’s stock up.
Packers.com draft contributor Tony Pauline says Fiedorowicz is “hands down the best blocking tight end in the draft. He’s a tight end in an offensive tackle’s body. Solid hands and intermediate pass catcher but not effective more than 15 yards from the line of scrimmage.”
“I’m a run blocker,” he said with a smile. “That’s what I’m good at and that’s what I want to do.”
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“The big thing is … winning. That’s the most important thing. The most important thing is putting points on the board and winning football games. And I think that’s going to be our focus moreso than some landmark that we set in terms of production from an offensive standpoint. You know it’s going to be a productive offense because we have players. We’ve got Reggie Bush, we’ve got Matthew (Stafford), obviously we’ve got Calvin (Johnson) on the outside. We’ve got guys that can play the game,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell is an offensive guru who produced championship results in Indianapolis and Baltimore. He replaces Jim Schwartz, a former defensive coordinator.
“We’ve got a good, solid offensive line up front. We’re going to be able to run the ball. Joique Bell has done a great job for us. There are going to be a lot of things, obviously, that we’re going to be able to do well in that sense, but for us to just talk about, ‘Hey, we’re going to throw for 10 million yards,’ the most important thing I want to focus on is what it’s going to take for us to win. Minimize mistakes. Don’t turn the ball over. Be able to run the ball, particularly in our division where we have to go outside and play in some
inclement weather. You can’t always just wing it up and down the field, you’ve got to be able to run the ball as well. So those are some of the things we want to talk about, our grittiness, our toughness,” Caldwell added.
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“I’ve said it, this is the best draft – I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and this is the deepest draft I’ve ever seen. We felt that way even before – I wouldn’t say the deepest draft before the underclassmen came in, but even during the fall our scouts were talking that the senior class was a pretty good class. You don’t know what the junior class will be, so you anticipate and try to predict what that will be until you know for sure. The juniors added into it make it a very talented group,” Colbert said during his media interview at the scouting combine on Thursday.
Colbert added one disclaimer.
“But the one thing that we talk about with these juniors, or any of the underclassmen, the redshirt sophomores, we are very cautiously optimistic about their emotional and physical readiness for this. This is a huge jump. Even though it’s a more talented group, or the most talented group that I have seen, I am also worried that it’s probably the most immature group. We have to be prepared for more player-development type of programs, or maybe enhancing your player development to get the most out of these younger players.
“You can look across the board. I can’t see a position where there isn’t more depth than there has ever been. It’s exciting when you are picking players out of this group,” Colbert added.
He also made interesting remarks about the Seahawks’ model for winning a championship. Is it something Colbert tries to model?
“I don’t. My hat is off to John Schneider and Coach Pete Carroll. They put together a great program. That’s a program that is unique to them. We have 32 teams. We are all different. We are made up differently. We all have different philosophies. Their philosophy was the one that won the Super Bowl this year. Again, congratulations to them. Their makeup is different than our makeup. It’s different than New England’s. It’s different than everybody’s,” Colbert said.
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INDIANAPOLIS–Miami Dolphins Head Coach and former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin defended his position but didn’t deny responsibility in the bullying controversy that is currently dogging Philbin and the Dolphins.
“I remember the first day I interviewed for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job with Steve Ross, we talked a lot about the type of program I wanted to run in Miami. One of the things I told Steve was it’s important to me that any player we have, or any staff member, I wanted to create an atmosphere where their experience as a (member of the) Miami Dolphins … was the best professional experience they ever had,” Philbin told reporters at the scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday.
“Any time that isn’t accomplished, anytime one of our players or staff members has an experience contrary to that, it requires my attention, it needs to be corrected, it needs to be looked at, it needs to be fixed.”
Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin claims to not have had a positive experience with the team; Martin claims to have been bullied by teammate Richie Incognito.
“I want everybody to know I’m the one responsible for the work place, the environment in the Miami Dolphins facility. I’m the one that sets the schedule, I decide when the practices are, I decide what time players eat, how they meet, how they lift, everything they do in the facility,” Philbin said.
“I think you can imagine that when I read the report you have, and I got the report at the same minute you got it, some of the facts, the behavior, the language that was outlined in the report was inappropriate and it’s unacceptable. I’m the one that’s in charge of the workplace.”
Philbin was referring to a recently released 144-page report prepared by independent investigator Ted Wells. His report detailed a pattern of harassment within the Dolphins.
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Packers WR Randall Cobb made an appearance this week on the Dave Dameshek podcast to talk about the state of the Green Bay Packers, catching the division-winning TD pass against the Bears in the regular season finale, and where he ranks Aaron Rodgers among the NFL’s best quarterbacks.
You can listen to the podcast here.
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Based on 2013 season standings, Green Bay has been slotted in the #21 overall position in the 2014 NFL Draft. The first round will start on Thursday, May 8 with the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, May 10. The 2014 Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1. Houston Texans
2. Washington Redskins
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Oakland Raiders
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Minnesota Vikings
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Detroit Lions
11. Tennessee Titans
12. New York Giants
13. St. Louis Rams
14. Chicago Bears
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Dallas Cowboys #
17. Baltimore Ravens #
18. New York Jets
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Arizona Cardinals
21. Green Bay Packers
22. Philadelphia Eagles
23. Kansas City Chiefs
24. Cincinnati Bengals
25. San Diego Chargers
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Carolina Panthers
29. New England Patriots
30. San Francisco 49ers
31. Denver Broncos
32. Seattle Seahawks
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Here’s the scene from late Monday afternoon in Lambeau Field. A group of fans braved the weather and continued on the official stadium tour.
According to some forecasts, five to seven inches of snow are expected to accumulate throughout the day in the Green Bay area.
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