INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL Combine is supposed to about the flock of college prospects headed for the league. But they are only part of the story and agenda here in Indy. Just as important is pulling the sheet over the head of the 2011 season and setting the offseason agenda for 2012. Looking at it Patriot-centrically, the chance to talk to a guard from Iowa for the first time isn't nearly as important as talking to the agent for Wes Welker or Brandon Lloyd. Or hearing what the personnel men from around the AFC East think of their rosters and needs. So, between now and Sunday, we'll be ferreting out info about the incoming crop of players and also chasing down angles which affect the Patriots directly or indirectly. Bill Belichick isn't scheduled to talk with the media this week. Personnel man Nick Caserio is loosely scheduled to talk to the Boston media late this afternoon. We'll be on that. Before that, the Miami Dolphins' brass is set to talk in the late morning and the Jets braintrust (ahem) is taking to the podiums in the 3 o'clock hour. Proceeding through the media room for their interviews here at Lucas Oil Stadium are the tight ends, offensive linemen, kickers and punters. So that sets the table for Thursday. Stay tuned for more updates hourly.
Of all the outcomes considered, Roger Goodell leaving the punishment at four games mainly because Brady flushed his cell phone qualifies as the most stunning development so far.