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Stories from the interview room

Posted by Darren Urban on February 25, 2012 – 12:16 pm

While it’s the 40-yard dashes and the bench presses (with John Lott bellowing in the guy’s ear as he lifts) that get the TV time from Indy at the Scouting combine, it’s the medical checks and interviews that teams value the most.

The interviews are 15-minute quickies, impossible to learn everything about a kid in that time. But they are important to glean a little something. But it can be a grind, going back-to-back-to-back-to-whatever each night as teams try to stuff in up to 60 visits. You have to try and break it up.

During today’s final live chat from the combine (it’s probably not the last live talkback the team will do, so keep an eye out) someone asked coach Ken Whisenhunt and director of player personnel Steve Keim about memorable interview questions they had asked. They had a couple of good ones.

Whiz said the Cards were interviewing “one of the better guards in the draft” Friday night. “He is a very passionate, stone-faced guy, very intense,” Whisenhunt said. “He did 30-something reps in the bench press.

“I was kind of joking around but I wanted to see how he’d take it. I said, ‘So let me get this right, you did 18 reps in the bench press?’ I thought he was going to come out of his chair to fight me, because he was upset I had shorted him out of 14 reps on the bench press. We were laughing about that.”

Certainly it spoke well for the player’s passion. Sometimes, the teams have to ask about uncomfortable situations. Keim relayed an anecdote like that from last year’s combine when they needed to ask a player why, for goodness sake, was he texting on his phone at 2 a.m., which let to him driving into an apartment building.

“Coach got him on the grease board but didn’t have him diagram a play, he had him diagram how he ran his car off the road and drove 40 yards into a cement wall,” Keim said. “That was one of the more comical situations we’ve had.”


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5 Responses to “Stories from the interview room”

  1. By Superfuzz on Feb 25, 2012 | Reply

    hilarious!!!

  2. By Mike Ellingboe on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Darren,

    “Keim relayed an anecdote like that from last year’s combine when they needed to ask a player why, for goodness sake, was he texting on his phone at 2 a.m., which let to him driving into an apartment building.”

    Not to nitpick, but that was a couple of years ago. The player in question was Sergio Kindle.

  3. By Darren Urban on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Ellingboe -

    RE: story

    I can only relay the story as told to me. Keim said last year, and he didn’t name which player.

  4. By Mike Ellingboe on Feb 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Darren,

    Understood, just a little surprised at Keim’s poor attempt at anonymity for Kindle, since the story was kind of hard to forget:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4294788

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