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Bears players share strange Combine memories

Posted Feb 21, 2012

NFL teams go to great lengths to learn as much as they can about prospects during 15-minute interview sessions at the annual scouting combine, sometimes using intimidation or other unusual methods.

NFL teams go to great lengths to learn as much as they can about prospects during 15-minute interview sessions at the annual scouting combine, sometimes using intimidation or other unusual methods.

Over the last several years, we’ve asked Bears players to share their strangest experiences in those job interviews, and here are some of our favorites:

Charles Tillman, cornerback (with Bears 2003-present)
“One of the tests—I’m pretty sure it was the Giants—asked if you ever felt like you wanted to kill your coach. Sure, you don't agree with a coach sometimes. But I’ve never felt like killing a coach or anyone.”


Wide receiver Earl Bennett runs a drill at the annual NFL Scouting Combine in 2008.
Lance Briggs, linebacker (2003-present)
“The one team that really threw me off was Cleveland. Butch Davis was their coach at the time and it was like an interrogation. They asked me about a [situation at the University of Arizona] and he said, ‘What makes you a leader?’ I was trying to tell him and he was like, ‘You didn’t tell me anything. Tell me what makes you a leader!’ I couldn’t win in that situation.”

Nathan Vasher, cornerback (2004-09)
“I remember going into an interview with Cleveland, and it was more or less an interrogation room. They had this big spotlight on you and you sat there and they grilled you like a good cop/bad cop-type of thing. It was really awkward. I guess they want to see how you do under pressure and if you lie.”

Dusty Dvoracek, defensive tackle (2007-08)
“The Broncos guy tried to get me to break. I think he was trying to see if I had any anger issues or if I had a short fuse. Looking back, it’s kind of comical. I don’t want to get into what he said, but it was my first Combine interview and I was scared because the guy tried to break me down as a man. I thought, ‘Oh my God, if this is what all of these are going to be like, this is going to be terrible.’ But after that, every other interview was great.”

Greg Olsen, tight end (2007-10)
“With one team, I walked in the room and was introduced to 20 or 25 guys. As soon as I sat down, they started asking me what everyone’s name was. You’ve just met 20 guys and you’ve done that with 10 teams. But they want to test you. They’re not worried about if you know the names. They want to see how you react when you’re stumped. I just said, ‘To be honest with you, I don’t know.’”

University of Phoenix

Chris Williams, offensive lineman (2008-present)
“The weirdest thing was with the Colts. I didn’t even meet with their staff. I met with their psychiatrist. You walk into their room and there’s one lady sitting there. She had given me a personality test at the Senior Bowl, and we went over my results.”

Earl Bennett, wide receiver (2008-present)
“The Packers said ‘[Cornerback] Al Harris is going to be in your face every play [at practice] ready to beat you down; are you going to be prepared for that?’ I was just kind of like, ‘Um, yeah, it’s football.’”

Johnny Knox, wide receiver (2009-present)
“One coach tried to get me to learn part of his team’s offense in 10 minutes. I felt like you couldn’t judge me on trying to learn your playbook in a 10-minute span.”

Gabe Carimi, tackle (2011-present)
“One coach heard that I had [a procedure] to fix an eardrum hole, so he was whispering during our whole meeting. It was inaudible for anyone to hear. I had to keep asking him what he was saying. That was the weirdest thing.”

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