Thoughts From The Scouting Combine

February 22nd, 2013

Yes, yesterday was Joe’s first appearance at the NFL Scouting Combine. If fortunate, it won’t be Joe’s last.

Please don’t be confused. Joe thinks the actual combine, the world’s largest indoor track practice, is a joke. It is not football, it is not remotely close to football. Do NFL coaches go to baseball games or track meets to find football players? Of course not.

What Joe did find at the combine, however, is the virtual limitless stories and access to plentiful college prospects, NFL coaches (and assistants) and general managers.

Some quick thoughts on the combine:

* It was sort of neat to see coaches and general managers react to questions from reporters across the nation (if not globe). These questions are rarely the same kind they get hit with from beat reporters.

* It was so cold in Indianapolis, even being in a dome it was cold. Even upper Midwestern types, like reporters from Chicago, were wearing sweaters and coats.

* Most players, when brought into the media workroom/center/trough, seem overwhelmed with dozens (at least) of media members crowded around their table, asking questions about playing for all sorts of different teams.

* The car wash: It is unreal what general managers and coaches deal with in a short span of time. Take Bucs coach Greg Schiano. He met with the press at one of the main podiums before around 100+ reporters, then was quickly whisked off to speak on SiriusXM NFL Radio, then interviewed by Pro Football Talk Live, then interviewed by the NFL Network, then a TV station out of West Virginia, then by Joe, then by other Bucs beat writers … and after that, who knows? It was pretty cool to watch how it all unfolded, most prearranged, scheduled.

* Joe was lucky enough to be on the same flight to Indianapolis with the Bucs coaching staff. You know how, for maybe 10 minutes you can have electronics on after boarding before the staff shuts you down? When Joe boarded he saw Schiano with his head buried in his laptop. He truly doesn’t waste away much time.

* Schiano needled Joe on the flight, in so many words, telling Joe to get his toes on the line and wear Bucs gear. Joe explained to Schiano that at least he had to look like he was objective.

* While waiting for luggage, Joe joked with special teams coach Dave Wannstedt, who was the defensive coordinator at Buffalo, “Here you thought you escaped winter and you got pulled back in.” Temperature at the time was a brisk 19 degrees. At 1:30 in the afternoon no less!

* Indianapolis really is a cool, futuristic city. The downtown is virtually a biodome where you can just about walk everywhere indoors using skywalks that connect buildings. Walking from his hotel to Lucas Oil Stadium, roughly a mile, Joe only had to be outside for about two blocks, if that. Whoever designed this city sure knew what the heck they were doing.

* Joe has two really cool stories about two potential Bucs draft picks you won’t want to miss a bit later today. And yes, Joe will be back at the combine for more stories. Hope you enjoy them.

10 Responses to “Thoughts From The Scouting Combine”

  1. Justin P's Dwindling Radio "career" Says:

    Joe is legit 100% for being @ The Combine. Xavier Rhodes will be a Buccaneer

  2. Mr Lucky Says:

    “Schiano needled Joe on the flight, in so many words, telling Joe to get his toes on the line and wear Bucs gear. Joe explained to Schiano that at least he had to look like he was objective.”

    Joe since WHEN have you ever tried to be objective? That’s what we fans LOVE about you – you’re like the Bill O’Reily of the football world, straight to the point, non-PC and not shy about sharing your ‘talking points’. The biggest difference between you and O’Reily – you’ve got more hair.

    Love you man…Keep bringing us stories to help us during this non-sports time of year.

  3. Mavsmoney Says:

    Thanks for bringing us these great pieces from the combine Joe. Keep up the great work!

  4. Santos Says:

    thanks for the stories and all things bucs….seems like you are very happy to be in the position you are in, congratulations Joe!

  5. MadMax Says:

    Aw Joe, not even a Buccaneer beanie? haha.

    Please catch up to DJ Swearinger if you get a chance. Football has been in that kids blood since he was 4 yrs old.

  6. TrueBlue Says:

    Joe is nothing like O’reily. Joe does his homework and tries his best to know what he’s talking about. To compare the two is an insult to Joe.

  7. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    @ TrueBlue – I couldn’t agree more.

    Yet, I’ve always seen Joe as more a Rachel Maddow type.

    Kidding, Joe. Kidding.

  8. Joe Says:

    Thanks for the kind words guys. Already typing from Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Rachel Maddow? Joe’s more of a Megyn Kelly-type. 🙂

  9. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Maybe the Bucs will send you some free gear since the ads obvioulsy don’t net you enough cash to buy a Buccaneer sweater.

    Any Buccaneer men reading this from One Buc? Send Joe some free gear so he can stop being objective about his favorite team in the world.

  10. RustyRhino Says:

    Thanks for all you do for us Buc fans Joe. So that’s how to get Buc gear sent to you. Go to the combine in Indianapolis IN. Joe that’s brilliant! Hats off to you Joe. Sweet gig. Glad I can help the cause.