"Landry taught me everything I know," Nolan has said.
If Landry taught Nolan how to keep a club from getting old, Nolan had better put that knowledge to use. And soon.
NICK SKORICH, The Browns:
He is one of those pro football fixtures. Once he line-coached the Steelers and the Packers. He head-coached the Eagles for a while. For seven years he assisted Blanton Collier with the Browns, and now he is only the third head coach the Browns have ever had, following Paul Brown and Collier.
With this kind of history it is not surprising that Skorich, the son of a Croatian coal miner, believes that football is a "physical game." He likes to run the Browns and make them "hit," even after the season begins, in practice.
After Skorich has worked the Browns down to the point of expiring in practice, he enjoys going home and tending to his vegetable garden.
DON CORYELL, The Cardinals:
I hated to see the name Stormy Bidwell leave the game. It sounded like a test pilot. But one result of Stormy's brother Bill buying out his share of the Cardinals was that Bill brought in one of those good college coaches. In 12 years Don Coryell won 104 games at San Diego State, ordering so many passes thrown it looked like La Jolla was attracting smog.
Last season Coryell tried to do the same thing in his first year at St. Louis, with Jim Hart, an eight-year veteran, as his quarterback. The Cardinals increased their yardage, but their record stayed the same: 4-9-1.
The Cardinals have always been goofy, unpredictable on defense, capable of getting hot on offense. Coryell's history indicates they'll stay the same, but he is said to have one of the good football minds, whatever that means. He'd better use it. Like any coach coming out of the colleges into the pros, it will take Coryell a while to learn the personnel in the league and how to trade.