After the Bucs rolled up 446 yards in a 38-35 throttling of the Rams last December, St. Louis coach Mike Martz wiped out most of his defensive staff at season's end. For coordinator, he hired an old buddy from his days at Arizona State, Tampa Bay linebackers coach Lovie Smith. Basically Smith has copied the Bucs' attacking scheme. "I showed tape of [ Tampa Bay's] players last year to the guys we have at the same positions," Smith says. The Rams, last in the NFL in scoring defense in 2000, are fifth this season.
Nov. 27, 1966: A grudge fuels the highest-scoring game in NFL history—Redskins 72, Giants 41
When the Giants dealt Pro Bowl linebacker Sam Huff to the Redskins in 1964, Huff vowed to get even with New York coach Allie Sherman, whom he blamed for trading him from the team he loved. "I took an oath: I will never quit this game until I get Allie Sherman fired," Huff recalled last week. Huff got sky-high before games against New York, and on this day he felt a rout coming on against a team that would finish 1-12-1. "Otto," he said he told coach Otto Graham before the game, "show no mercy." Never since has an NFL game produced 100 points. With the Redskins leading 69-41, Huff screamed for a timeout from the sideline with seven seconds left. "Field goal team!" Huff yelled. The unit ran onto the field before Graham knew what was happening, and Charlie Gogolak kicked a 29-yard field goal. Two years later, after his fifth straight nonwinning season, Sherman was fired.