Chandler and Falcons backup quarterback Tony Graziani can attest to that. They were intercepted three times and sacked a Jacksonville-record nine times.
Late in the first half Bryant dropped a sure interception and had to endure the catcalls of "Cha-ching!" for the rest of the game. That was only 50 bucks toward the kitty, but it's a start.
Joey Galloway's Return
Seahawks Go Deep at Wideout
The holdout of Seattle wideout Joey Galloway, who said on Sunday he would report to work this week, may turn out to have been a blessing in disguise for the AFC West-leading Seahawks.
Besides forcing the team to rely more on its running game and bolstering new general manager and coach Mike Holmgren's reputation as a no-nonsense negotiator, Seattle went 6-2 without Galloway and is alone atop the division this late in the season for the first time since 1988. Galloway's absence also helped the team develop something it has traditionally lacked—depth at wide receiver. In a 37-20 win over the Bengals on Sunday, the trio of Derrick Mayes, Sean Dawkins and Mike Pritchard caught a total of 11 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.
The most pleasant surprise has been Mayes, who was acquired for a seventh-round draft pick in a preseason trade with the Packers. A player who excels at catching the ball in traffic, he leads the Seahawks with 34 receptions, 489 yards and six touchdowns. Projected over the entire season, Mayes's statistics would almost mirror those put up last season by Galloway (65 catches, 1,047 yards, 10 touchdowns). Dawkins, a free-agent pickup who caught 53 balls for the Saints in 1998, has 25 receptions for 393 yards and three scores. Pritchard, a nine-year veteran, has 17 catches for 266 yards and a touchdown, but he doesn't seem the least bit concerned that Galloway's return might cut into his playing time.
"[ Galloway] is going to add an extra dimension," Pritchard says. "The coaches are going to find a great way to get him—and other guys—the ball."
Ravens Coach's Rough Start
Billick Can Finally Crack a Smile
The masked Dawg Pound rowdies who heaped invective upon Ravens coach Brian Billick as he made his way off the field following Baltimore's 41-9 win over the hometown Browns on Sunday could have been his fans. But after passing up an opportunity to interview for the expansion team's coaching job last January, Billick is now viewed by the Cleveland crowd as one of the most detestable men in football not named Modell. Nothing, though, could wipe the exhausted smile from Billick's face on this day. "There were some adjectives and adverbs I hadn't heard before," Billick said later, "but overall, those fans were great." Indeed, before disappearing into the visitors' tunnel, Billick stopped to survey the belligerent throng and blithely waved.
Billick's serenity was surprising, especially in light of his bizarre Nov. 1 suggestion—and the ensuing criticism—that the Ravens could expect to get no calls in Sunday's game because the league wanted the Browns to beat Baltimore in the first meeting in Cleveland between the two franchises after the emotional 1996 relocation of the original Browns to Baltimore. Though Billick apologized for his comments two days later, the controversy raged on when Al Lerner, owner of the new Cleveland franchise, and club president Carmen Policy ripped Billick. Asked about his remarks and the possibility of a fine, a giddy Billick deadpanned after the game: "The officiating today was outstanding. I couldn't have agreed more with every call. See, I'm just a frustrated rookie coach who didn't bear up under the pressure."