Overheard on the NFL Network set

“It is not a one-man race right now.” — NFL Network guest analyst Jon Gruden about this year’s crop of quarterbacks.

“He’s the best player ever out of West Virginia.” — Steve Mariucci on West Virginia QB Pat White.

Brian Robiskie works like crazy. He’s a character guy and you’re pulling for him.” — Mariucci on the Ohio State wide receiver.

(Michael) Crabtree is still the top-ranked receiver, but Jeremy Maclin is the consensus No. 2 receiver.” — Charley Casserly on the Missouri wide receiver.

“You have to have backs in order to play in this league. I want more and more and more.” — Gruden on the need to draft running backs.

“It’s a tale of two positions for me today. The wide receivers, as advertised, they flew. Then you go to the quarterbacks, and how about Patrick White and the way he threw the ball? I really enjoyed that.” — Mike Mayock on Sunday’s performances.

Aaron Curry may be the safest pick in the draft. You’re going to give him the money and, like a Matt Ryan, he’s going to know what to do with it. He’ll put it in the bank and go to work.” — Mayock on Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry.

“I can’t speak for what other teams are doing or not doing, but as a coach, it’s sort of a little bit of an empty feeling to see people like that not in the game. It just doesn’t seem right, really, not to have people like Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden, Brian Billick and Steve Mariucci, guys who I’ve coached against and in some cases not very well, not be head coaches in the National Football League. It’s just hard to believe that coaches like (that) aren’t coaching in the National Football League. It’s just odd for them to be here (on NFL Network), but not in a coaching capacity. But that’s the National Football League.”– –Bill Belichick on the NFL coaching ranks losing talented coaches, and not all of them left voluntarily.

“I don’t want to say it’s harder to find an inside player (defensive lineman) than an outside player, but we tried to replace Warren Sapp with first-round draft choices and free agents, and now I’m sitting here with Warren Sapp on the (NFL Network) set.” — Gruden on finding Pro Bowl interior defensive line players.

Additional exclusive clips from the NFL Network’s combine coverage are available on NFL.com, including:

Tuesday on NFL Network at 2009 NFL Scouting Combine:

11:00 AM – 2009 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour: Defensive Backs (HD)

Analysts: Mike Mayock, Charles Davis, Deion Sanders, Host: Rich Eisen

2:00 PM – 2009 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour: Press Conferences (HD) – encore from Sunday

4:00 PM – 2009 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour: Defensive Backs (HD) – encore

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access

8:00 PM – 2009 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour: Defensive Backs (HD) – cut down from live coverage

10:00 PM–NFL Total Access at the 2009 Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour (HD) (R)

11:00 PM – 2009 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour: Defensive Backs (HD) – cut down from live coverage



Follow defensive backs Darius Butler (Connecticut), Emmanuel Cook (South Carolina), Lendy Holmes (Oklahoma), Captain Munnerlyn (South Carolina), and Lyndell Sargeant (Penn State) as they train under the tutelage of NFL Network analyst and eight-time Pro Bowler Deion Sanders.

Encore presentations of Prime U air Wednesday at Midnight ET and Thursday at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM ET.

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