Rare appearance by Bill Belichick at NFL Scouting Combine

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Maybe the Vikings (the people of the Norse culture, not the NFL team) were right and the end of the world is upon us!?

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick made an unscheduled appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, on Thursday.  He entertained the crowd in the media room at the NFL Scouting Combine, whilst regaling them with his stories of previous combine experiences.  “I was walking over here just this afternoon thinking about just how far the whole combine has come,” Belichick said. “The first one I was at was the second one at Arizona State. Obviously held outdoors. The day ended not in total darkness, but certainly past dusk. I still have the image of ) ‘Refrigerator’ Perry doing the vertical jump out there in the middle of the Arizona State field in almost total darkness.” * MEMORIES LIGHT THE CORNERS OF MY MIND*

Belichicks walk down memory lane just so happened to occur at the same time the New York Jets GM John Idzik was holding his scheduled meeting with the media at the opposite end of the room.  I can just see the media watch Bill walk into the room, grab a microphone and they all flock to him like salmon of Capistrano.  All the while leaving Idzik there crying inside that no one really gives a flying fuck what he has to say.

At any rate, Billy went on and on “Obviously a great opportunity for our organization to see the players,” Belichick said. “From a medical standpoint, I’d say that’s probably the biggest thing we get out of this is to have the physical examinations and have them all done at one time. The medical part of it is huge.  Having personal interaction with the players personally is good, certainly for me. Just being able to see them in person. Even though the drills are workout drills and not really football drills, certainly there is something to be said to be able to line up all guys together and seeing them compete.”

AND ON AND ON……

 “Obviously it’s a pretty good looking group of players,” he said. “We have a long way to go in the evaluation. I’m nowhere close to being able to give you any type of analysis or evaluation of what this draft is or isn’t, but it certainly looks like a lot of interesting players. Certainly a lot of guys we have to do work on. This is the heaviest underclass group that’s come out, so we have a lot of catching up to do in that area.”

AND WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS OWN TEAM, SPECIFICALLY INQUIRING ABOUT THE ADDITION TO MIKE LOMBARDI OF HIS STAFF…

“Mike’s got a lot of experience,” Belichick said. “He’s done a lot of things in his career in the NFL. I’m sure he’ll be doing many of those things for us. We’ll see how it goes.”

ANNNNNNNNNNNNND WE’RE BACK. 

Thanks for the clarification that he’ll be “doing things”.  I was starting to worry he’d caught some terminal illness and felt it was necessary to appease Jesus and Saint Peter beholder of the pearly gates, by doing what he hates the most before he croaks: talking to the press.  Just a fluke people. Just a fluke.

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