Thursday's Combine Wrapup: Coaches, GMs

Dick Jauron (J.Rogash/Getty Images)

Scout.com's team is in the media room at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Find out what the coaches and general managers are saying about their teams and players.

Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell

Caldwell was obviously pleased by the team's recent signing of cornerback Kelvin Hayden, allowing the Colts to retain one of their young, talented defenders.

"Obviously he's a very important part of our defense," Caldwell said. "Kelvin has been playing extremely well for us throughout the years. Has done a tremendous job. He's a guy that certainly gives
us some stability and some leadership, so we're certainly glad to have him."

Although the Colts are strapped by the salary cap, their new head coach wasn't ready to throw in the towel on the team's ability to keep veteran center Jeff Saturday, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

"That's a bit premature, just in terms that you begin to act as if he's already gone," Caldwell said. "I look at it from a different perspective. He's with us until us until otherwise indicated. He's been, and I certainly anticipate him to continue to be, a very, very important part of our offense."

With WR Marvin Harrison hitting the team's salary cap for more than $13 million in 2009, many have speculated that the team will release him. But Caldwell is still hopeful that the team will be able to work something out so that he can be part of the Colts' offensive attack this season.

"We certainly hope so. That's what we anticipate," he said. "Free agency in itself is an event this time of year. We're not quite certain what's going to happen, but we'd certainly love to have him back."

Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz

The new leader in Detroit addressed how he plans to build a winning football program.

"When you build a team, you want to build long-term and you want to build through the draft," Schwartz said. "I learned some lessons from Tennessee, when we turned it around from 4-12 and 5-11."

"We did it with the David Thorntons and Chris Hopes and those mid-level free agents. They were our middle class, so to speak. They had a lot to do with turning that team around. Those were good lessons learned."

The former Titans defensive coordinator also pointed out that the team still has decisions to make in regards to their quarterback situation.

"We have a roster full of quarterbacks. One of the issues last year, I think we went through five quarterbacks," he explained. "We just re-did Daunte Culpepper's deal to get him back. We have some decisions to be made there to try to maybe thin the crop a little bit. And then, obviously, free agency and the draft coming up after that."

As for whether or not Detroit will try to address their quarterback situation through this year's NFL Draft, Schwartz said that the Combine is their starting point for evaluating that option.

"A lot of film work has been done, a lot of road scouts have seen those guys through the course of the season – the juniors who declared, they were catching up some work on those guys. This will be sort of the beginning of that process. We'll go from here to personal workout days to interviews. It's way too early to make any decisions on which way we're going."

Bills Head Coach Dick Jauron

"We need to score more points obviously on the offensive side," he said. "We made an improvement over the previous year in lots of areas on the offensive side, but we need to take another step there and increase our consistency of getting into the end zone more often."

Regarding his defense's need to get more sacks, Jauron said, "If you're getting a lot of pressure, generally you're going to get a lot of sacks, so we've got to improve ourselves in both of those areas."

When questioned about the status of WR James Hardy, who tore his ACL during his rookie year, Jauron said, "James, at this point, is doing very, very well in his rehab. He's, as you know, a very dedicated guy. He's in Buffalo and he's with us all of the time. I see him almost every morning down there in our training room, so I wouldn't predict he's ahead of schedule, but right now we're looking for him sometime early in our training camp to be able to go. We're pretty optimistic about him."

Jauron also commented on the progress and development of the team's young quarterback, Trent Edwards.

"Well, like everybody the learning never ends. Trent (Edwards) will continue to grow. He's a very bright guy. He's enthusiastic about playing the game and he takes it to heart, so he'll work hard," the Bills head coach said.

"I'm very optimistic about his ability, which makes me optimistic about our team."

Check back throughout the day for more updates from Indianapolis.

More Combine Coverage from Scout.com's team in Indianapolis:

Draft Prospects Blog

Adam Caplan's Free Agency Blog

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's player interviews and NFL features are published across the Scout.com network and at FOXSports.com. You can contact him by email through this link.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber's features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.

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