INDIANAPOLIS | Hello from the NFL scouting combine. I’m one of the sardines packed into the media center here on the club level of Lucas Oil Stadium. Player workouts don’t begin until Saturday, but media availability started this morning.
Offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists are scheduled to filter through the media room this afternoon. This morning, the two-day parade of NFL head coaches and executives through the media center began.
Neither Redskins coach Mike Shanahan nor general manager Bruce Allen are scheduled to speak to reporters. The Redskins are one of only three teams (New England, New Orleans) that are not expected to have a member of their organization meet with the media. The Redskins also did not speak last year.
Pittsburgh Steelers Kevin Colbert just addressed reporters. He is quite pleased with the hire of their new special teams coach, former Redskins special teams coordinator Danny Smith, who spent the last nine seasons in that position.
“[Head coach] Mike Tomlin identified Danny through his own process,” Colbert said. “He has known Danny and worked against him in certain situations. I had the honor of working with Danny for two seasons in Detroit when he was our tight ends coach and I was with the Detroit Lions.
“I know Danny. He’s a Pittsburgh guy. There’s a lot of value in having Pittsburgh people join the organization because…there’s a lot of tradition and history that a guy like Danny Smith and Todd Haley, they understand and accept and want to be a big part of that.”