Steelers’ draft emphasis helpful in unsure times

A potential lockout figures to disrupt the player-personnel dealings of some teams more than others. One team that isn’t expected to be impacted all that much is the Steelers.

Hustle, bustle leaves little time for Polian reunion

One might assume that the NFL Scouting Combine would amount to something of a reunion for the Polians, the first family of NFL administrators. Since the combine began Wednesday, however, the closest Dennis has come to his father was during a chance encounter when they almost literally bumped into each other as Bill emerged from a Thursday meeting with the NFL Management Council.

Cable: We had Raiders ‘going in right direction’

Tom Cable said Friday that he’s happy in his new job as assistant head coach and offensive line coach of the Seahawks. But Cable remains proud of what he did as head coach of the Raiders

Scouting players another part of Elway’s game

Now, the task of fixing the Broncos is becoming a little bit more real for John Elway.

Agent’s own combine produces head coaches, GMs

College prospects aren’t the only ones auditioning at the NFL Scouting Combine. Some assistant coaches and front-office types are doing the same.

Ex-Colt Sanders still big man in Indy — literally

Looks like it might be time for the Colts to update their collection of massive player photos that adorn the outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Combine-record 715 media credentials issued

An NFL spokesman told me that the league issued a combine-record 715 credentials, beating the previous mark of 628, set last year. Extra tables and chairs had to be added to accommodate the heavier influx of writers and broadcasters seeking to interview some of the nation’s top college prospects invited to participate in drills from now through Tuesday, as well as NFL coaches and executives.

Lions coach Schwartz won’t share cab

A few notes from Vic Carucci as he arrives in Indianapolis for the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

Kelly: Bills should pass on Newton

Vic Carucci bumped into Jim Kelly at the Buffalo airport this morning on his way to Indianapolis, and within seconds of exchanging pleasantries, they were discussing what the Bills might do with the third overall pick of the draft.

Cowboys fans make presence known in Canton

Cowboy fans seem to be the dominant force in the stands at Fawcett Stadium.

Jones, Owens will debut as starters for Bengals

Adam Jones‘ first game with the Cincinnati Bengals is going to be as a starter.

Bengals, Cowboys fans gear up for matchup

Driving down one of the main roads leading to Fawcett Stadium, you found yourself wondering for a moment if this were something larger than a mere preseason-opener.

Super Bowl presentations finished; vote upcoming

The presentations of the three finalists for the 2014 Super Bowl have been made.

New York/New Jersey Super Bowl is virtual slam dunk

Although Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has voiced strong opposition to a New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, the hotel lobby buzz at the NFL Spring Meeting here continues to be that it is a virtual slam dunk.

League: Ruling has no impact on CBA negotiations

Despite claims to the contrary by the NFL Players Association, NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash insisted that Monday’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling against the league in its case against American Needle has no impact on collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

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