Scouting combine kicks off this week


Scouting combine kicks off this week

Indianapolis, the host city of the Super Bowl earlier in the month, becomes the host city for the entire NFL this week.The top draft-eligible football players will begin arriving Wednesday for the annual NFL scouting combine, which concludes Tuesday, Feb. 28.
My yearly visit to Indianapolis will run Wednesday evening through Sunday. Coverage from the scouting combine will begin Thursday morning when 49ers general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh meet with the media.I'm sure a lot of you will have questions about the players at the combine. Here's one thing you should know about the media arrangements at the combine: People watching the NFL Network from home have a better view of the workouts than the media assigned to cover the event.Some media members are selected to view the quarterback-and-receiver sessions on Sunday, but, otherwise, the NFL Network cameras have a media monopoly on the workouts inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
But that's OK. The value of the combine from a media standpoint is the access to nearly every NFL coach and general manager, as well as a large number of the 327 draft-eligible players invited to participate.Here's a look at when the different position groups will be available to the media:
Thursday: Offensive line, tight ends, special teams
Friday: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Saturday: Defensive line, linebackers
Sunday: Defensive backsPlayers have four days of responsibilities at the combine that goes like this:
Day 1: Travel to Indianapolis, registration, hospital pre-examination and X-rays, orientation, interviews with teams.
Day 2: Measurements, medical exams, media, psychological testing, interviews with teams.
Day 3: NFLPA meeting psychological testing, interviews with teams.
Day 4: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills, departure from Indianapolis.I'll arrive back home Sunday night. And the TV coverage of the workouts will continue through Tuesday, when the defensive backs conclude their on-field work.
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Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

Former 49ers head coach Tomsula named Washington's D-line coach

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. Washington announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after Washington fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

After 13 NFL seasons as a backup quarterback, the 60-year-old Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 1997-98 and Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004. O'Connell, Washington's new quarterbacks coach, was an assistant in San Francisco under Chip Kelly last season.

Tomsula, who replaces Robb Akey as defensive line coach, also most recently worked with the 49ers as their head coach in 2015.

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

Falcons coach Quinn: Kyle Shanahan 'totally nailed that' vs Packers

The Atlanta Falcons have provided the 49ers with a window from Friday afternoon through Saturday to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, a source told

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has structured a normal work week to begin preparations to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, Quinn said at a press conference on Monday. The Falcons will have a day off on Saturday before the team travels to Houston on Sunday.

The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Shanahan is the presumptive 49ers coach -- the only candidate remaining among the six whom 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe interviewed. Shanahan's offense rolled up 493 total yards and converted 10 of 13 (77 percent) third-down opportunities en route to a 44-21 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Quinn, who was hired by the Falcons two years ago after he served as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator in Super Bowl 49.

“It’s not easy to do when there’s a lot of speculation and things going on outside your world to stay dialed in. I think it’s one that should be commended. Being on point and going for it, he totally nailed that.”

Shanahan is also expected to be heavily involved in the 49ers’ search for a general manager. The two remaining candidates among the nine who previously interviewed are Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton and Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough.

The 49ers have left open the possibility of adding more GM candidates to the list, according to a source.