The first day at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books and what a day it was.
Entering Lucas Oil Stadium, it didn’t take long to figure out that this event has become even more supersized than last year.
The radio row setup, home to national, regional and local radio crews, who were interviewing coaches, players, national writers, among others, discussed anything and everything Combine-related and much more.
Our 65TPT crew then entered the media room, which is filled with three podiums, tables and chairs, which held beat writers, reporters and NFL team crews, as they covered the event, from the inside out.
We then set up shop, developed a game plan and went to work.
The NFL Communications team informed me that more than 800 media members were credentialed for the event, including Sirius XM Radio Host Adam Caplan, who expects bigger and better things for the Chiefs in 2013.
In addition to the media members, 600 tickets were allotted for fans, who are allowed to attend part of the Combine events, over a two-day period.
Thursday’s action involved media interviews with special teams players, tight ends and offensive linemen, including Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher, both listed by many NFL draft experts to be off the board by early to mid-first round.
Not only were players speaking from tables and podiums, but so were general managers and coaches, like our very own, Andy Reid.
Coach Reid made history Thursday, speaking for the first time ever at the NFL Scouting Combine, bringing a fresh, rejuvenating attitude to the Chiefs, identifying what the team needs for a successful future in Kansas City.
“It’s important that we all do our jobs and do it to the best of our ability,” Reid said.
“I’m saying it for both coaches and players; it takes both and the players I’ve talked to, they understand you have to give up a little to get a positive result. As they enter this offseason, they really have to dedicate themselves, as do the coaches, (to) pulling this thing together and making the Kansas City Chiefs better.”
The Chiefs are headed in the right direction, led by a proven winner in Andy Reid, as well as the team's new general manager, John Dorsey, who will address the media on Friday.