The media availability portion of the NFL’s 2015 scouting combine rolls on today, with press conferences for 20 head coaches and general managers on today’s schedule. Here’s a recap of the noteworthy comments made during a few of this morning’s early pressers, with all links pointed toward the Twitter accounts of reporters in attendance:
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians:
- Asked about suspended linebacker Daryl Washington, Arians indicated that he doesn’t consider Washington a part of the team until he’s reinstated by the league. “I don’t even think about him,” the head coach said.
- The Cardinals would like to re-sign Antonio Cromartie, but the team expects the cornerback to reach the open market, according to Arians. That wouldn’t necessarily preclude a return to Arizona, but it sounds like a reasonable bet that Cromartie will land elsewhere.
- In Arians’ view, defensive speed is one area the Cardinals need to improve, especially at linebacker.
- The Cardinals are happy with their current offensive tackles, but Arians acknowledged that the interior line positions could use some work — he hopes to have some competition at those spots this year.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer:
- Before taking questions, Farmer admitted his role in the ‘Textgate’ controversy surrounding the Browns, apologizing to the organization and to fans for the incident.
- The GM admitted that he and the Browns understood the red flags on Johnny Manziel prior to the 2014 draft, and take responsibility for selecting him in spite of those warning signs.
- Echoing what head coach Mike Pettine said yesterday, Farmer indicated that “every option is on the table” for the Browns as they try to find a long-term solution at quarterback. That includes free agency, the draft, and even potential trades.
- Farmer also didn’t rule out the possibility of trading up in the draft for a signal-caller, adding that he has done a cost-benefit analysis on such a move.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider:
- Asked about Marshawn Lynch, Schneider said that he has “talked to his people” and let them know the team wants a decision soon. The GM admitted that he wouldn’t be shocked if the running back does decide to retire.
- The Seahawks don’t have a set timeline for getting a new contract worked out with Russell Wilson, but extension discussions are underway, per Schneider.
- The Seahawks GM didn’t sound overly optimistic about the club’s chances to re-sign cornerback Byron Maxwell. Although Seattle wants to bring him back, Maxwell’s “market will be strong,” said Schneider.