Coaches tend to say nice things about their friends in the business. Our job is to identify what's meaningful or at least noteworthy.
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz's comments from the NFL scouting combine regarding new St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Tim Walton fall into the noteworthy category, I think. Schwartz extended his praise for Walton, who coached the secondary in Detroit last season, beyond what we might consider to be an obligatory level.
"In a couple of years, he's going to be standing up on this podium [as a head coach] also," Schwartz predicted. "Tim's a sharp guy, a charismatic guy. He's been a little bit of an under-the-radar guy, but not for long."
The Rams instantly became competitive under coach Jeff Fisher last season. They have very good young talent along their defensive line in particular. Their secondary is taking shape. They have a middle linebacker to build around. The team also has four first-round picks over the next two years.
Walton is in a good spot, in other words. He could have the potential to parlay this job into something bigger.