SUNDAY, AUG. 22:
You should have been more open
I got chewed out
some in the meeting. I mentioned earlier that nobody likes to be criticized,
but it's also true that you can take criticism a helluva lot easier if you've
lost the game. For example, today, Steckel ran the film over on one play and
said, "Hey, Rashad, you were open there, O.K., but you should have been
more open." That really burned me up. More open! That's like saying you
should have scored more of a TD.
today: There was a note on the bulletin board: "Tentatively, training camp
will end this week." And tentatively speaking, I will be glad to get out of
MONDAY, AUG. 23:
Diane came down
to see me. It's really bugging me now, being here. I think you can only keep
grown men together in one building for so long. I've found a new hangout. It's
a little place about 20 minutes from here called The Speakeasy, and it's quiet
and peaceful and nobody goes there to see Vikings.
We had another
great meeting tonight. Sometimes the coaches show us a composite film of one
particular play. For example, they'll put together a whole reel of play No. 62,
which is a pass, going back through several seasons of 62s.
what happens with these composite films is that the coaches are so conditioned
to scream at anybody for making a mistake that they will yell at you here, even
though the play that they're watching may have been run two years ago. Tonight,
though, Burns really outdid himself. He was showing us a four-year-old 62, and
Bob Tucker, the tight end, ran his pattern loose. And Burns just couldn't help
himself. He started screaming at Tucker...and Tucker retired two years ago.
I made the
suggestion that we call Tucker up in New Jersey and scream at the sonuvabitch
for running his pattern too deep on a 62 in 1978.
My feet are sore
and my knees hurt, so, rather than retire, I bought one of those remote-control
devices for my TV. Now I don't have to get up from my bed and walk four steps
to change channels.
today: I watch too much TV.