Pass Rushing With a Passion
Don't look now, but a superstar is emerging in Atlanta: defensive tackle Rod Coleman. Since 2002 he leads NFL defensive tackles with 35 sacks, 12 more than the next tackle on the list, the Vikings' Kevin Williams. A seven-year veteran who spent his first five seasons with the Raiders, the 6'2", 285-pound former fifth-round draft pick out of East Carolina uses a very quick first step to shoot through the guard-tackle hole and his strong hands to ward off the clutching and grabbing of pass protectors.
Coleman, 29, credits his success in part to a life lesson he learned from Jerry Rice when they were teammates in Oakland: "With Jerry, I'd wonder, Why are you so great? To him it was simple. He said, 'When the ball's in the air, it's mine.' That's how I play. The quarterback's there, and he's mine. It's like bumper cars out there, so many guys can hit you. But you just keep going through all that stuff. You've got to be unstoppable."
Bradshaw To the Rescue?
Deep down, Terry Bradshaw knows the chances are slim that he'll be able to put together a group to buy the wayward Saints and keep them in Louisiana. "I played in Pittsburgh, I live in Texas and I work in Los Angeles, but I'm a Louisiana boy. I always will be," the Shreveport native and Louisiana Tech product said last Saturday. "If I didn't do everything I could to try to keep this team in New Orleans, where it belongs, I couldn't live with myself."
Last week Bradshaw began discussions with two wealthy Louisiana natives, whom he declined to identify, about raising the $600 million or so needed to make an offer to buy the team. Owner Tom Benson hasn't said publicly that he intends to move the Saints, who've been playing home games in San Antonio and Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina struck, and he says the club is not for sale, but....
"You never know," said Bradshaw, who has yet to contact Benson. "The state is devastated, and the Saints are our one treasure. The reason we have to do everything we can is that we all know if we lose the Saints, New Orleans won't get another team."