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The NFL combine is the first official event of the offseason where the media gets a chance to interact with each of the league¡¯s 32 head coaches in one place. However, that won¡¯t be happening this year, because not all 32 head coaches plan on talking to the media.
According to the schedule of events released by the NFL on Friday, a total of three coaches have decided to sit out the interview process when the combine begins next week in Indianapolis. All three will be in Indy, they just won¡¯t be talking to the media, which is actually an improvement over last year¡¯s combine when only 23 of the league¡¯s 32 coaches spoke to the media.
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So which three coaches have decided to duck the media this year?
Well, one of them isn¡¯t a surprise at all because he ducks the media every year at the combine, and that person would be Bill Belichick. It¡¯s probably for the best; if you¡¯ve ever seen Belichick talk to the media, it¡¯s like watching someone pull teeth out of a tiger that hasn¡¯t been fed in three months.
Gilbride has first-hand experience on that front as he was the offensive coordinator for the 1992 Oilers when they blew a huge lead against the Bills. The Oilers struggled out of the gate the next year, something Gilbride attributed to an extended hangover from that meltdown.
The Falcons will have to guard against a similar fate come the start of the 2017 season. One way that wide receiver Mohamaed Sanu appears to be approaching that task is to resist defining themselves solely as the team that gave up a 25-point lead over the final 23 minutes of Super Bowl LI.