The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is underway and as prospects hit the field, coaches and GMs take the podium, and the NFL looks toward its 100th season, theRams.com Combine Notebook will cover the top storylines Indianapolis related to the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams.
Here are some notes from Wednesday, February 27th:
SEAN McVAY SHOUTOUTS
Team insider Myles Simmons caught up with former Rams coaching staff members, Packers head coach Matt LeFleur and Bengals head coach Zac Taylor at the Combine and the pair had positive things to say about head coach Sean McVay as they enter uncharted waters as first-year head coaches.
Cardinals first-time NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury joined Taylor and LaFleur on Wednesday, providing his thoughts on McVay and prospect of facing the Super Bowl head coach in 2019.
Here's Kingsbury's full comment on the Rams play caller:
"I have a ton of respect for Sean as a person and a coach. He is one of the best football minds there is and he's a great person as well, so I definitely looked into [accepting offer to join staff entering 2018 postseason] at the time. So it'll be tough coaching against him, he's got it rolling right now and we have our hands full."
McVay, general manager Les Snead, as well as Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will speak from Indianapolis on Thursday.
WILL ROSEN START IN 2019?
Cardinals' team reporter Darren Urban gathered general manager Steve Keim's thoughts on his club's quarterback situation heading into 2019 after finishing at the bottom of the NFC West and NFL at 3-13.
The Cardinals will pick No. 1 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft in April, with Oklahoma multi-sport superstar, quarterback Kyler Murray sitting top-of-mind for teams with early first round picks.
The Cardinals drafted former UCLA stand out quarterback Josh Rosen at No. 10 overall in last year's draft, and the young quarterback had a rough go of it for much of his rookie season — prompting quite the QB debate surrounding the desert.
Here's what Urban had to say from Indy:
"Keim emphasized, with all the potential draftees, that there was still a ton left to do in the evaluation process. Keim is a scout by trade. To ignore or preempt that process isn't something he would do. To me, nothing has changed -- I still fully expect Rosen to be the QB for the Cardinals for 2019 and, in theory, beyond, with that top pick going to shore up something else on the roster."
The Rams beat the Cardinals both at home and on the road in 2018. In Week 16 against the Rams, Rosen went 12-of-23 for 87 yards and no touchdowns, he was sacked four times.
JIMMY G. LOOKING GOOD
Senior San Francisco 49ers reporter Joe Fann reported from Indianapolis that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is progressing as planned in rehabbing his torn left ACL, suffered in the club's Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.
Garoppollo didn't get the chance to face the Rams in what was slated to be his first full season as a starter with the 49ers. The former Patriots backup signal-caller has taken on the back-to-back NFC West champs once as a member of the upstate Niners back in 2017 — he went 20-of-33 for 292 yards, two touchdowns, with two interceptions Week 17 in a win in the Coliseum.
NINERS ADD WELKER
In other 49ers news from the combine, Kevin Duffy of The Boston Herald reported head coach Kyle Shanahan's comments on his club's move to bring former Patriots and Broncos — and, actually, one-time Ram — wide receiver Wes Welker onboard as a wide receivers coach entering 2019.
Welker was a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro in New England.