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Chat Reel: Chris Redman

Lousiville QB is fishing for a team with a West Coast offense

Posted: Friday April 14, 2000 06:54 PM

  Chris Redman Chris Redman said the 49ers and their offense would be a good fit for him. Andy Lyons/Allsport

CNNSI Host: elcome to today's NFL Draft chat with Chris Redman. Hi Chris, thanks for joining us.
Chris Redman: Thanks for having me.

From Michael in Arlington: I'm a big 49er's fan and know that they're in desperate need of a quarterback of the future. I've tried to keep up with as much combine info as I can and believe that you're a better all-around quarterback than Chad Pennington. I'd like to see you in a 49ers uniform next year. Do you have any preference on where you want to play and who has told you they're interested?
Chris Redman: Well, the 49ers are definitely interested. They had me to their complex last week. I'd love to play there. They have great facilities, a great coaching staff and a great legacy of quarterbacks. But, you can't pick where you go in the draft. I'll just have to the best wherever I end up.

CNNSI Host: Who else said they were interested?
Chris Redman: New Orleans had a workout for me this week. I'm pretty sure Baltimore is too. But you never know. There are some teams that could come out nowhere and select me. You just have to prepare for anything.

From Guest: What are you doing to deal with your nerves this week?
Chris Redman: The best thing I can do is to get away from everything is to play golf and go fishing. Those are my two favorite things besides football. That's what I do when I want to take my mind off things. In fact, I'm fishing right now as we speak.

From Guest: Chris, Do you ever wonder what your draft position would be if you had stayed at a Big Ten school instead of leaving for C-USA?
Chris Redman: I'm sure it would have helped just having more media attention, but I still think if you're a good player the scouts are going to find you and you'll get picked up. I don't have any regrets.

From Cardinal Bulldog: Besides your dad, which coach has had the most influence on your development?
Chris Redman: I'd say Coach Bob Petrino, who's now with the Jaguars. He was at UL my junior year and helped me tremendously.

From Justin Bartholomew: Which team's offense would you feel most comfortable in and why?
Chris Redman: The last two years, I've been in a west coast style offense. If I could stay in that it'd be great. But I'm a diverse player and can fit into any system.

From Guest: Anybody in the NFL that you're looking forward to throwing the ball to:
Chris Redman: I'd love to throw one pass to Jerry Rice, that'd be great. But if I had to choose, I'd say Randy Moss because he makes the quarterback look really good.

From Bryan Dawson: Hey Chris, good luck this weekend. Do feel you can start right away as a pro or do you think you would benefit more backing someone up to learn the ropes, similiar to Culpepper with the Vikings?
Chris Redman: I think backing up a QB and learning would be beneficial, but that situation doesn't always occur. When I do play, I want to do a good job, so sitting back and learning is a good thing.

From Alex in Louisville, Ky.: People have questioned your speed, what have you done to increase your speed in the 40?
Chris Redman: The only thing you can really do is run sprints. Quarterbacks like me work on quick feet and moving around, not so much on 40-yard dashes, so that's what I've been doing.

From Guest: Who will you be watching the draft with?
Chris Redman: My parents and family. Just hanging out by the phone, spending time with my family.

From Michael: I know it hasn't happened yet, but what do think is the hardest thing for a college quarterback to adapt to in the vigorous life in the NFL?
Chris Redman: Most likely the speed and the terminology. Different coaches and a different system. Most teams put a lot of pressure on the QB, so there will be a lot of responsibility.

From Guest: Who do you model your game after? Who did you watch growing up?
Chris Redman: I watched Dan Marino growing up. But I've loved watching Brett Farve in recent years.

CNNSI Host: That's all the time we have for today. Thanks for joining us, Chris. Good Luck in the draft.
Chris Redman: Thanks a lot and thanks for everyone's support.


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