INDIANAPOLIS — Upon arriving here for the combine, I …
» Saw several combine participants — they’re fairly easy to spot, as they all tend to be large, muscle-bound guys in their 20s wearing sweatsuits — grabbing Starbucks coffee before boarding the shuttle bus that would take them to their hotel.
» Stood at an airport cab stand with Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who also was on my connecting flight from Detroit. We were headed for the same hotel but wound up taking separate cabs. As we checked in, Schwartz volunteered that he was well aware that “we could have shared a cab, but I had a couple of phone calls to return and they were the kind of calls I couldn’t have in front of someone from the media.” I told him I understood. For the record, I did shower this morning.
(Also — and I’m not saying this because of the cab thing — I couldn’t help but notice that Schwartz sat at the gate for a long time without being recognized and the same was true on the short flight.)
» Spoke with a longtime AFC scout, who told me he was especially looking forward to watching the workouts of as strong a class of defensive linemen as he could remember. The scout wondered, as a lot of us have, when the day would come when combine workouts eventually would be open to fans. On the scale of interest, he agreed it offered more entertainment value than the draft, which always draws a capacity crowd. “But not much more,” the scout said with a laugh.