Published: February 24th, 2011 | Tags: Rex Ryan, 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, Anthony Castonzo, Bob Sanders, Brian Billick, Cam Newton, Chad Henne, Chan Gailey, Gabe Camiri, Jason Garrett, Jeff Ireland, Jim Harbaugh, John Fox, Josh Freeman, Kyle Orton, Mark Dominik, Mark Sanchez, Nate Solder, Rob Ryan, Ron Rivera, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tim Tebow, Trent Baalke
INDIANAPOLIS — As we wrap up Day 1 of the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, we’ll leave you with a few thoughts (some random), observations and highlights from what we’ve heard.
- There’s no other place to start: Rex Ryan’s bravado has reached a whole new level.
- When he got around to talking football, Ryan said QB Mark Sanchez is reaching the next critical point of his young career.
- As for the other Ryan — Rob — Cowboys coach Jason Garrett shared how he was won over by his new defensive coordinator.
- College prospects aren’t the only ones auditioning at the Combine.
- Hue Jackson’s time at the podium included some gushing over QB Jason Campbell, who he said can lead the Raiders to the playoffs.
- There might be some early buzz surrounding Colorado OT Nate Solder. Is he the top offensive tackle in the draft? Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi believes that title is his, but Anthony Castonzo of Boston College doesn’t necessarily agree.
- We learned NFL Network analyst Brian Billick has “major, major” questions about QB prospect Cam Newton.
- Evidence exists the Bob Sanders era is still lingering in Indy.
- Bucs GM Mark Dominik isn’t surprised by the team’s turnaround, and said it all starts with QB Josh Freeman.
- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was in demand.
- Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland hardly endorsed starting QB Chad Henne.
- How many media members does it take to cover a Combine? This year the answer is a Combine-record 715.
- 49ers GM Trent Baalke believes the winner of the NFC West could be determined in large part by best solves their QB issues.
- John Fox is standing with Kyle Orton, not Tim Tebow, as the starter in Denver. Then again, it’s February.
- Fox had this to say about Orton being both his starter and on the trading block: “It would be pretty hard to do both.
- Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters the organization is eyeing “seven to 10” prospects with the first overall pick.
- Chan Gailey said he’s “extremely” confident the Bills can win with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but didn’t hide the fact he’s “anxious” to see Newton work out this weekend.
- Gailey on whether the Bills are listening to offers on the No. 3 pick: “We don’t turn our phone off at night.”
And, finally, leaving you with a link to all of the Combine videos of the day.