Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
INDIANAPOLIS -- We just experienced something extraordinary.
Bill Belichick spoke Sunday morning, but that's not the strange part -- even though the usually reticent New England Patriots coach wasn't scheduled to step up to the podium in the NFL scouting combine media room at Lucas Oil Stadium.
He practically filibustered.
Belichick's opening statement went on and on for 12 minutes.
He was self-effacing. He discussed the comings and goings within the football operation. He lauded some of his former co-workers who have moved on to great things. He talked about the new combine venue and interviewing the prospects. He even smiled a couple times.
But Belichick's most interesting comments conveyed his disappointment that fixtures such as Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden and Brian Billick are unemployed coaches. While Belichick wasn't scathing in his soliloquy, it was obvious he thought firing them was foolish.
I'm sitting down to transcribe the tape now. I'll be sharing Belichick's thoughts throughout the afternoon.