INDIANAPOLIS -- We are only minutes away from the official opening of the NFL combine here at Lucas Oil Field. San Francisco general manager Scot McCloughan is about to take the main podium and he'll be followed by Hall of Famer Mike Singletary. Here's the rest of the schedule this morning:
10:30 a.m. ET: Jim Schwartz, head coach of the Detroit Lions
10:45: Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills head coach
11:00: Kevin Colbert, director of football operations for the Steelers
noon: Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins general manager
2:15: Scott Pioli, Kansas City Chiefs general manager
I'll ask Schwartz about how he thinks Albert Haynesworth will do in Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme. Schwartz coached Haynesworth when he was the defensive coordinator for the Titans. Mike Singletary should have some thoughts on a couple of linebackers the Giants will be observing at this combine.
Chan Gailey can talk about what he learned during his head-coaching experience with the Dallas Cowboys. And I'll ask Jeff Ireland who should get the credit for "discovering" Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin. Ireland was serving under Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones when Austin was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006.
Schwartz is a guy I used to talk to a lot when he was with the Titans. He does a great job of explaining complicated defensive schemes to dense reporters such as myself. OK, I'm off to visit with my childhood hero, Singletary. He once broke eight helmets while playing linebacker for Grant Teaff at Baylor -- in one season.