Senior Bowl Blog – Chapter One


From Mobile, Alabama

It was a dark, cloudy day along the Gulf coast on Monday. Temperatures in the 50s, making it perfect weather for the first day of practices at the Senior Bowl.

We’ve got a lot of information coming on the players, but this is also the place to see and be seen in the NFL. Owners, general managers, head coaches, coordinators, assistant coaches, personnel leaders, scouts and agents are everywhere. Oh … and there’s about 100 players hanging around as well.

Everyone expected some rain drops during the team practices Monday afternoon, but at least for the North team that worked at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, there was no precipitation, although there was plenty of perspiration. Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and his coaching staff kept the players moving from one drill to the next. With the South team practicing at the same time, the crowd was about half of what it normally will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when the practices are staggered.

Here are some of the familiar faces seen at the North practice on Monday afternoon:

There was new Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders, walking into the stadium with his new boss, the Raiders newest victim head coach Hue Jackson. They sat in the grandstand and were deep in conversation during most of the practice …

Chiefs GM Scott Pioli was spotted on the field, getting an up close and personal look at the North offensive linemen. Joining him at one point was another former Patriots personnel department employee, now Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff …

Other Chiefs types at the North practice were director of college scouting Phil Emery, offensive line coach Bill Muir, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and former player-now scout Willie Davis …

Cowboys owner-GM Jerry Jones was bundled up in the stands, wearing a Cowboys baseball cap and intently watching the practice. Afterwardss, Jones spent some 20 minutes talking with the media about the Cowboys, but also about the visit in less than two weeks of the Super Bowl to his brand new stadium in Arlington, Texas …

More familiar faces to Chiefs fans, including former defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, who was the defensive leader at the University of Michigan during the ’10 college season …

Watching the special teams drills close was Mike Priefer, former Chiefs kicking game coach, who then spent two years in Denver and will be working for the Vikings this coming season …

On the field working with the three tight ends on the North team was former Chiefs tight end Jonathan Hayes. He’s been part of head coach Marvin Lewis’ staff for the last nine years…

Super agent Drew Rosenhaus trolling the lobby with a cell phone in each ear …

Watching the running backs was new Vikings RB coach James Saxon, who held the same job with the Chiefs after his playing career in red and gold was completed …

The players will be treated to an evening on the U.S. S. Alabama, a battle ship that is now dry-docked not far from their hotel. The Alabama is a World War II era ship that was part of the war in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.


One Response to “Senior Bowl Blog – Chapter One”

  • January 24, 2011  - vincent says:

    Hey Bob,
    Don’t be surprised if you run into a resident of Mobile. His name is Rinku and he’s a doctor but he is a great fan of the Senior Bowl and has been to these games for the last 20 years.
    He also is one of the most knowledgeable fans you will ever meet; you’ll swear he’s a journalist.
    Hope you have a great week, Bob. Any heads up on who the Chiefs are looking are will be helpful.




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