INDIANAPOLIS – Ready to hit the ground running at the NFL scouting combine.
We’ll have a story and notebook for our print editions of the AJC and between working the hallways for interviews, getting tips on who’s interested in trading for Michael Vick, who the Falcons are interviewing and sizing up, we’ll jump back on here to answers your questions.
So don’t be shy, send the questions along. If I don’t have the answer, we’ll dig around and get it.
For us football-heads this is a pretty big prelude to the draft.
Talked to Mark Loomis, a former big timer with ABC, who’s the producer for the NFL Network now. They will have wall-to-wall coverage of the scouting combine.
“It’s the ultimate reality show,” Loomis said. “They are trying out for their jobs in front of the world and certainly in front of the NFL Network cameras. It’s just one big week for us.”
The league-owned outlet will carry 25 hours of live coverage starting on Thursday and running through next Wednesday.
The line up includes Brian Billick (Coach Smitty’s brother-in-law), Paul Burmeister, Charley Casserly, Fran Charles, Charles Davis, Jamie Dukes, Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Scott Hanson, Kara Henderson, Steve Mariucci, Mike Mayock, Deion Sanders, Warren Sapp, Adam Schefter and Solomon Wilcots.
We all know Mayock by now, but we’ll know more about Davis by the end of the week. They are lead draft analysts. (I wrongly questioned Mayock’s touting of Matt Ryan last year because of their Boston College connections. But Mayock was right on point. Got to give it up for that. I had him on speed dial last season. He’s since chanced his cell phone number. I have to get his new number!)
“Davis is well versed in the college game,” Loomis said. “He just called the national championship game. . . . The best think that Mike and Charles can do together is put things into perspective, just because somebody ran the fastest doesn’t mean he’s going to be the first pick.”
They will be on the lookout for Workout Warriors, too.
“Sometimes a guy from a small school may catch people by surprise,” Loomis said. “It may pay off for some people. We’ve seen that happen before. But then on the other hand Mike and Charles will be there to tell you that he might be a workout warrior, but he struggled here, there and everywhere so don’t just take this to mean he’s going to be a high pick.”
The NFL Network and the rest of NFL writer types are holding out hope that Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford will change his mind and decide to workout. Just looking at the highlights and having watched a lot of Georgia games, it’s not clear if he can read multiple routes. He seemed to lock-in on receivers a lot. That would explain his high interception number.
“We love having people compete,” Loomis said. “I think the numbers will show that more and more athletes are competing since it has been on television. I wish it was at 100 percent.”
Vick’s impending release from prison on July 20, will make him a topic here, too. Especially since the Falcons just tossed it out there that the Bat-Phone for trade talks was activated.
The Bat-Phone hasn’t been ringing off the hook. Quarterback-needy teams like Detroit, Tampa Bay and the New York Jets have told the Detroit News, Tampa Tribune and New York Daily Post that they are not interested. However, San Francisco coach Michael Singletary would not rule it out in a state of the franchise address.
Also, St. Louis, with former Falcons executive Billy Devaney running the football operation, will get peppered with questions along with Seattle, Dallas, Oakland.
Cleveland makes sense to me. They have a section of their stadium called the “Dawg Pound” and Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson didn’t show much last season.
Also, I wonder if the Falcons, who had short-yardage issues last season, will kick the tires of Fred Taylor.
Maybe if Michael Vick had listened to the mega-rap hit “Self Destruction” he’d still be with the Falcons. Maybe when he gets out, Vick will use A-Rod’s “Young and Stupid” defense.
Lyrics to Self Destruction – Featuring an All-star 80s rap crew (Courtesy of Lyrics Manis)
Well, today’s topic, self destruction
It really ain’t the rap audience that’s buggin
It’s one or two suckas, ignorant brothers
Trying to rob and steal from one another
You get caught in the mid
So to crush the stereotype here’s what we did
We got ourselves together
so that you could unite and fight for what’s right
Not negative ’cause the way we live is positive
We don’t kill our relatives
[MC Delight (Stetsasonic)]
Pop pop pop
when it’s shot who’s to blame?
Headlines, front page, and rap’s the name
MC Delight here to state the bottom line
That black-on-black crime was way before our time
[Kool Moe Dee]
Took a brother’s life with a knife as his wife
Cried cause he died a trifling death
When he left his very last breath
Was I slept so watch your step
Back in the sixties our brothers and sisters were hanged
How could you gang-bang?
I never ever ran from the Ku Klux Klan
and I shouldn’t have to run from a black man
Funky Fresh dressed to impress ready to party
Money in your pocket, dying to move your body
To get inside you paid the whole ten dollars
Scotch taped with a razor blade taped to your collar
Leave the guns and the crack and the knives alone
MC Lyte’s on the microphone
Bum rushin and crushin, snatchin and taxin
I cram to understand why brother’s don’t be maxin
There’s only one disco, they’ll close one more
You ain’t guarding the door
so what you got a gun for?
Do you rob the rich and give to the poor?
Yo Daddy-O, school em some more
[Daddy-O, Wise (Stetsasonic)]
Straight from the mouth of Wise and Daddy-o
Do a crime end up in jail and gotta go
Cause you could do crime and get paid today
And tomorrow you’re behind bars in the worst way
Far from your family, cause you’re locked away
Now tell me, do you really think crime pays?
Scheming on taking what your brother has?
You little suckers.. you talkin’ all that jazz.
It’s time to stand together in a unity
Cause if not then we’re soon to be
The rap race will be lost without a trace
Or a clue but what to do
Is stop the violence and kick the science
Down the road that we call eternity
Where knowledge is formed and you’ll learn to be
To teach to each is what rap intended
But society wants to invade
So do not walk this path they laid.
I’m Ms. Melodie and I’m a born again rebel
The violence in rap must cease and seckle
If we want to develop and grow to another level
We can’t be guinea pigs for the devil
The enemy knows, they’re no fools
Because everyone knows that hip-hop rules
So we gotta get a grip and grab what’s wrong
The opposition is weak and rap is strong
[Doug E. Fresh]
This is all about, no doubt, to stop violence
But first let’s have a moment of silence
*Fresh beatboxes*… swing
Things been stated re-educated, evaluated
THoughts of the past have faded
The only thing left is the memories of our belated
and I hate it, when
Someone dies and gets all hurt up
For a silly gold chain by a chump; WORD IP
It doesn’t make you a big man, and
To want to go out and dis your brother man, and
You don’t know that’s part of the plan
Why? Cause rap music is in full demand.
My name is Just-Ice a man not a prankster
I was known… as the gangster
But believe me that is no fun
The time is now to unite everyone
You don’t have to be soft to be for peace
Robbin and killin and muderin is the least
You don’t have to be chained by the beast
But party people it’s time I release!
Aiyyo here’s the situation: Idio[di]cy
Nonsense, violence, not a good policy
Therefore we must ignore, fightin and fussin
Hev is at the door so there’ll be no bum-rushin
Let’s get together so we’ll be fallin apart
I heard a brother shot another. It broke my heart
I don’t understand the difficulty, people
Love your brother, treat him as an equal
They call us animals mmm mmm I don’t agree with them
I’ll prove them wrong, but right is what your proving them
Take heed before I lead to what I’m sayin
Or we’ll all be on our knees, prayin
Yo Heavy D, deep in the heart of the matter
The self-destruction is served on a platter
Makin a day not failing to aniticipate
They got greedy so they fell for the bait
That makes them a victim, picked then plucked
New jack in jail, but to the vets they're a duck
There's no one to rob, cause in jail you're a number
They never took the time to wonder about
[Chuck D, Flavor Flav (Public Enemy)]
Yes we urge to merge we live for the love
Of our people the hope that they get along
(Yeah, so we did a song)
Getting the point to our brothers and sisters
Who don’t know the time (boyyyee, so we wrote a rhyme)
It’s dead in your head, you know, I’ll drive to build
And collect ourselves with intellect, come on
To revolve to evolve to self-respect
Cause we got to keep ourselves in check
Or else it’s…