- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
? Joe Bugel, Redskins offensive line coach: "I was so mad the other day—I saw a sack—and I got up to throw a film canister. I wanted to stand up and reach it, and I got up and the damn chair was stuck to my rear end. That was embarrassing." Did any of the linemen laugh? "No, because I was serious at the time. I'm sure afterward they died laughing."
?The Saints tell a story from the '83 exhibition season. Rookie tight end Arnold Holcombe dozed off. "Hey, Holcombe," Bum Phillips shouted from the front of the room. "You sleeping?" Holcombe sat up straight and said, "No, Coach. I'm just praying for the team."
? Tom Moore, Steelers offensive coordinator, on Bud Carson, the ex- Pittsburgh defensive coach who's now with the Jets. "Bud's pistachio nuts caught on fire in his projector. He had them sitting on it and they fell inside. Bud couldn't figure out why smoke was coming out of his projector."
?When the Cardinals see a teammate make the mistake that caused another to get clobbered, they "vote the guy dead," says Joe Bostic. "He ceases to exist for 24 hours. We don't talk to him. We treat him as if he's not there among us."
?Of all coaches, Green Bay's Forrest Gregg seems to strike the most fear in players during film sessions. One day when Gregg was coaching in Cincinnati, quarterback Turk Schonert fell asleep and Gregg threw a canister at him. "They called it Turk's Alarm Clock," Schonert says.
Punter Pat McInally took it upon himself to make Gregg laugh. Gregg was calling roll. A window slid open, and McInally said, "Here I am, Coach." Gregg said, "You've got 30 seconds to get into this room." Says linebacker Steve Maidlow, now with the Bills, "In comes McInally and all he's wearing is a belt, socks and a tie."
Roland James, the Patriots' safety, suffered a compound fracture of his right index finger against the Colts on Nov. 10. James was clipped by receiver Wayne Capers, and he came up swinging. That was all fine and dandy, except.... "A hook to the face isn't too smart a strategy when the face has a mask in front of it," James said. He played Sunday in Seattle—with a specially built covering on his hand.
"I guess you could say I commute to work," says linebacker Chris Keating, who was signed by the Redskins—for the third time this season—on Nov. 12. "Too bad I don't have a New York Air Frequent Flyer Card."
Placed on waivers by Buffalo in August after a holdout, Keating, a seven-year veteran, was working as a stockbroker in Boston when the Redskins first called on Sept. 24. He says, "I had finally decided it was the first day of the rest of my life, and then...."
On Oct. 22, Monte Coleman was set to come off injured reserve and Keating was placed on waivers. "I was disappointed," he says. However, the next day, Coleman reinjured himself, so the Redskins brought Keating back. "I had only been home an hour and a half," he says.