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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Stomach and notebook full

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Hi there. Just returned from the NFC coaches breakfast here on the final day of the NFL owners' meeting, enjoying some fine Southern California eats with Chicago's Lovie Smith, Minnesota's Brad Childress and Detroit's Jim Schwartz.

I spoke with Smith about his commitment to backup quarterback Caleb Hanie (high), his hope for improvement from receiver Earl Bennett ("He's listed as our starter right now") and whether he thinks it's reasonable to assume a rookie receiver could contribute immediately (Yes).

Childress gave us a blow-by-blow account of the now-infamous telephone conversation between quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and free agent receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. But Childress offered no reason why Houshmandzadeh perceived Jackson was the team's likely starting quarterback.

Schwartz, meanwhile, said the Lions hope to squeeze in a private workout with USC quarterback Mark Sanchez at the end of his pro day April 1.

As we noted earlier, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy left the meetings Tuesday to attend to a family matter.

I'll flesh out all of the above nuggets as the day progresses.