NFL Combine notebook: RB Graham says Pitt experience made him stronger
• Three head coaches, three systems. Running back Ray Graham went through a lot at Pitt during the Dave Wannstedt, Todd Graham and Paul Chryst regimes. Graham thinks it might offer an edge going to the NFL, where coaching changes are common and players must adjust in a hurry. “I thought it was kind of advantage. We've been through a lot and we've seen a lot. It definitely was something that made us stronger because so many people came through, When the Wisconsin job came open (and Chryst was rumored to be a candidate), we were already thinking that. Nobody was going to pout or anything. If he does it, he does it. He came in and was very respectful to us, and we would have respected any decision he made.”
• Read option or read defenses. To Geno Smith, it makes no difference. While the West Virginia quarterback is being called a pure pocket passer — no RGIII here — he said he believes he can handle any offensive responsibilities an NFL team throws at him. If that means running the ball, that's fine. “I played in three different systems in college,” he said. “I've played in a read-option system. I had to adjust because coming out of high school, I had no say in that system. So I had to adjust to it.”
• Chuck Pagano's hair is back, even his goatee. So is his sense of humor. The Colts coach said that doctors placed only one restriction on him after he returned to the job following treatment for leukemia: They told him to do fewer media interviews. However, Pagano isn't ready to say he is fully back. “I don't know if I'll ever be the same,” he said. “I feel pretty normal now as far as going through the stuff that a football coach goes through.” Including, yes, media interviews.
• The NFL reportedly is weighing a shift in its calendar that would result in the combine being held in March, the start of free agency being pushed back to April and the draft being shifted to May. The idea is to put more events into months where the NFL — which has the shortest season of any of the major pro sports leagues — often generates little news other than its teams' offseason workouts. Broncos executive John Elway doesn't believe the change would be disruptive. “We'll adjust however the league office decides to go,” Elway said.
• Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who is 66, was a bit surprised when cornerback Terrell Thomas recently said, “He has one more (year) in him.” Coughlin is signed for two more seasons. “At some point I'll get the message (to step aside) but it certainly isn't right now,” Coughlin said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers’ Roethlisberger still hurting after hard hit from Ravens’ Upshaw
- Steelers notebook: RT Gilbert not in danger of losing his job
- Steelers’ Brown combats disruptive defensive ploys
- Steelers veteran defenders want young teammates to step up
- Steelers not receiving big returns on their offseason investments
- Steelers notebook: Defense sags in NFL rankings because of struggles against the run
- Heyward confident youthful Steelers defense will improve
- Big Ben’s struggles emblematic of loss
- Steelers film session: Missed tackles prove costly
- Steelers’ Bell gets bulk of team’s touches
- Steelers’ defense out of sync